David Nathan’s Diary

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY – December 2nd, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt. 15): Bridge Over Troubled Water (Long Version)

Putting together the career-spanning 4CD box set ARETHA with co-producer Patrick Milligan proved to be a daunting task, given just how many amazing recordings Aretha made over nearly sixty years! One of the highlights, undoubtedly is the long version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which Aretha in her inimitable way made her own...

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - November 25, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt. 14): Til It’s Over & Oh Baby-1973 Demos

Culling the vast Atlantic tape vaults allows the opportunity to uncover all kinds of musical treasures and with an artist as prolific as Aretha Franklin, there are fortunately many soulful gems, such as a trio of 1973 demos, two of which – “Til It’s Over” and “Oh Baby” - Patrick Milligan and I as co-producers of the 4CD Rhino box set ARETHA included as rarities on Disc 3…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - November 16, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 13) - Spanish Harlem-Alternate Mix

As one of Atlantic Records’ most prolific recording artists from 1967 to 1979, Aretha Franklin cut literally hundreds of tracks. Choosing selections for inclusion on the career-spanning 4CD box set ARETHA, released on Rhino in July 2021, was a daunting task: as co-producer of the project with Patrick Milligan, I opted for some alternate takes and mixes such as a version of Aretha’s 1971 hit, “Spanish Harlem” included on a tape box with the inscription, “Rough Mixes”…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - November 11, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 12): I'm In Love-Alternate Vocal

Enjoying a deeper dive into the Atlantic vaults for the career-spanning 4CD Rhino box set ARETHA which I worked on diligently with Patrick Milligan, I’m uncovering the story behind the two versions of the Bobby Womack-penned, “I’m In Love,” (previously an Atlantic hit for Wilson Pickett) that Aretha recorded in April 1973 and the ‘mysterious’ alternate vocal that remained in the vaults for decades…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY – November 4, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 11): Try A Little Tenderness-1966 Demo

Continuing to take a closer look at some of the amazing tracks to be found on the career-spanning 4CD Rhino box set, ARETHA that I co-produced with Patrick Milligan, I’m turning the spotlight on Aretha’s 1966 demo of “Try A Little Tenderness,” one of several tracks she sent to Jerry Wexler after signing with Atlantic as a prelude to her first recording session for the label in January 1967…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY – October 28, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 10): The Boy From Bombay

The tenth in my series of sharing more about the rarities that are included in the career-spanning 4CD Rhino box set, ARETHA that I had the privilege to co-produce with Patrick Milligan focuses on “The Boy From Bombay,” a previously unreleased track from Aretha’s 1972 sessions with Quincy Jones…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY – October 21, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 9): Satisfaction (UK 1967 Single)

Continuing to delve into highlights among the rare recordings included on the first-of-its-kind career-spanning 2021 4CD set, "ARETHA," co-producer David Nathan gives background information on Aretha’s cover of The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and a new version of it recorded in November 1967 and only released in the UK…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY – October 14, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 8): 1970 TV Duet With Tom Jones

The eighth in the series of in-depth commentaries by David Nathan, co-producer of the 2021 4CD career-spanning box set "ARETHA," on some of the rarities and previously unreleased tracks included, with a focus on Aretha’s spectacular 1970 performance on ‘This Is Tom Jones,’ in a duet of “It’s Not Unusual” and “See Saw”…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - October 7, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 7): Call Me (Alternate Version)

Continuing the exploration of various previously undiscovered recordings that are among the many musical treasures to be found on the the acclaimed 2021 spanning 4CD set, "ARETHA," co-producer David Nathan checks out the alternate version of “Call Me,” one of The Queen Of Soul’s signature tunes that kicked off her ongoing chart reign in 1970…