Hail to the Queen: Career-Spanning Aretha Franklin Box Set Premieres 19 Unreleased Tracks

'Aretha,' the new 4CD box set from the Queen of Soul.
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The unbelievable six-decade career of Aretha Franklin will be anthologized on a new box set this fall, featuring 19 unreleased recordings.

The new 81-track collection Aretha features four CDs spanning from her very first single in 1956, cut in Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church (where her father served as pastor of the congregation) all the way to a triumphant performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015 - a dazzling appearance that moved honoree Carole King, the song's co-writer, to tears.

Along the way, you'll hear iconic songs from her time as an artist on Columbia, Atlantic and Arista Records. Her immortal version of "Respect" is there, but you'll also find exciting different versions of favorites like "Chain of Fools" (presented in an alternate take), "Rock Steady" (in a different mix), "Don't Play That Song" (in concert) and "Think" (as performed in the blockbuster film The Blues Brothers).

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Unreleased treasures abound on this package, including never-before-heard demos of "Try a Little Tenderness" and "My Kind of Town" - made famous by Frank Sinatra and sung by The Queen of Soul in tribute to Detroit, not Chicago - alternate versions of "Young, Gifted and Black" and "Until You Come Back to Me," duets with Smokey Robinson and Dionne Warwick, and even a cover of Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life."

Aretha includes liner notes by Rochelle Riley, Detroit's director of arts and culture, and SoulMusic.com's founder David Nathan, who's interviewed the Queen more times than any living writer. Artist Makeba KEEBS Rainey has styled a beautiful Neal Preston photograph of Aretha for the front cover. A collection of highlights from the box will also be released as a 1CD or 2LP set.

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With Aretha's inimitable spirit living on to this day (Jennifer Hudson will star in the biopic Respect, releasing in early 2021) now is the perfect time to discover - or rediscover - the immortal work of Aretha Franklin, both an American treasure and an enduring global icon.

ARETHA Track List

(* denotes previously unreleased track)

Disc One

  1. “Never Grow Old”
  2. “You Grow Closer”
  3. “Today I Sing The Blues”
  4. “Won’t Be Long”
  5. “Are You Sure”
  6. “Operation Heartbreak”
  7. “Skylark”
  8. “Runnin’ Out Of Fools”
  9. “One Step Ahead”
  10. “(No, No) I’m Losing You”
  11. “Cry Like A Baby”
  12. “A Little Bit Of Soul”
  13. “My Kind Of Town (Detroit Is)” – Demo *
  14. “Try A Little Tenderness” – Demo *
  15. “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”
  16. “Do Right Woman – Do Right Man”
  17. “Respect”
  18. “A Change Is Gonna Come”
  19. “Chain Of Fools” – Alternate Version
  20. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – UK Single Version
  21. “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone”
  22. “Ain’t No Way”
  23. “My Song”
  24. “You Send Me”
  25. “The House That Jack Built”
  26. “Tracks Of My Tears”

Disc Two

  1. “Baby I Love You” – Live
  2. “Son Of A Preacher Man”
  3. “Call Me” – Alternate Version *
  4. “Let It Be”
  5. “Young, Gifted And Black” – Alternate Longer Take *
  6. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Long Version
  7. “It’s Not Unusual/See Saw” – with Tom Jones * (Originally Broadcast On This Is Tom Jones, October, 9, 1970)
  8. “You’re All I Need To Get By” – Work Tape *
  9. “Brand New Me” – Work Tape *
  10. “Spanish Harlem” – Alternate Mix *
  11. “Rock Steady” – Alternate Mix/Take
  12. “Day Dreaming”
  13. “Share Your Love With Me” – Live
  14. “Don’t Play That Song” – Live
  15. “Dr. Feelgood” – Live
  16. “Spirit In The Dark” (Reprise with Ray Charles) – Live
  17. “How I Got Over” (Single Edit) – Live
  18. “Master Of Eyes (The Deepness Of Your Eyes)”

Disc Three

  1. “Somewhere” – Alternate Version *
  2. “Angel” – Work Tape *
  3. “The Boy From Bombay” *
  4. “Til It’s Over” – Demo *
  5. “Oh Baby” (a.k.a. “There’s Something Magic About You”) – Demo *
  6. “Until You Come Back To Me” – Work Tape *
  7. “I’m In Love” – Alternate Vocal
  8. “Without Love”
  9. “Mr. D.J. (5 For The D.J.)”
  10. “You”
  11. “Something He Can Feel”
  12. “Look Into Your Heart”
  13. “Break It To Me Gently”
  14. “When I Think About You”
  15. “Almighty Fire (Woman Of The Future)”
  16. “Ladies Only” – Short Version
  17. “You Light Up My Life” *
  18. “Ooo Baby Baby” – with Smokey Robinson * (Originally Broadcast On Soul Train, December 1, 1979)
  19. “Amazing Grace” (Originally Broadcast On Royal Variety Performance, November 23, 1980)

Disc Four

  1. “Think”
  2. “I Say A Little Prayer” – with Dionne Warwick *
  3. “United Together”
  4. “Jump To It”
  5. “The Wind”
  6. “Freeway Of Love”
  7. “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” – Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin
  8. “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin and George Michael
  9. “Oh Happy Day” – with Mavis Staples (Live at New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, MI – July 1987)
  10. “A Rose Is Still A Rose”
  11. “Someday We’ll All Be Free”
  12. “The Makings Of You”
  13. “Nessun Dorma” – Live
  14. “At Last” – with Lou Rawls * (Originally Broadcast On American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love And Soul, March 2003)
  15. “You’ve Got A Friend” – Ronald Isley featuring Aretha Franklin
  16. “Rolling In The Deep” – The Aretha Version
  17. “My Country ’Tis Of Thee”
  18. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – Live * (Originally Broadcast On The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, December 19. 2015)
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