Trying To Get To You

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Aretha Duets

Reading today, I found the following item:

Soul legend Aretha Franklin is reportedly ready to release her long-awaited duets album this Fall. The disc, titled Jewels in the Crown, will be released on Arista Records and will include duets with Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and others. As is the case with a number of other recent duets albums, Jewels will also include two digitally created posthumous duets, here with Luther Vandross and Frank Sinatra.
I can pretty much listen to Aretha sing the phone book, but I am so not looking forward to this. I can only imagine the oversinging and oversouling that will occur on this album, as the artists outdo themselves in trying to prove themselves worthy of singing with the Queen. I get that they're trying to sell some records, and for sake of being people turned onto Aretha, I hope it sells a ton, but it would be so amazing if Aretha just junked all that stuff, and made the kind of album she's still capable of making; intimate, powerful, stripped down, gritty and soulful. The world could really use a great Aretha Franklin album. Have Keith Richards produce it - he did a great job with her cover of "Jumping Jack Flash" back in '86.

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Unknown said...

Is that Reggie Jackson with Aretha?

Ben Lazar said...

Yes. They're not duetting though. Although that might be more interesting than a duet between Aretha and Mariah.

martymartymarty said...

This DUETS album is a compilation of her duets through the years at Arista plus a couple of new tracks and also her performance of "Nessun Dorma"

Private Beach said...

Aretha is one of the world's greatest singers, yet none of her post-Atlantic albums has really reflected the quality we know she's capable of. Someone should put her together with a handpicked selection of the finest Memphis and Muscle Shoals soul men, get Rick Rubin in to produce, and get her back to her roots. She's spent too long trying to keep up with the trends instead of setting them.

Ben Lazar said...

I think someone should do for Aretha what Rick Rubin did for Johnny Cash. I'm not even sure you need a band. Just some great songs, a piano and that voice. I bet that could sell a ton.