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Aretha’s biggest Atlantic hits on two midline-priced volumes. Volume 1 is devoted to her classic ’60s hits.
Certified Platinum by the RIAA. (11/01)
This 16-track disc and its companion piece (Volume 2) do a great job of recapitulating Aretha’s singles career at Atlantic. Some of the most compelling music ever recorded, these sides bring forth the best of one of the great singers. Whether all but rewriting “Respect” (“That girl stole my song,” an admiring Otis Redding said) or barely masking the pain behind “Call Me,” she tells some of the truest stories around. And what a piano player. –Rickey Wright