Aretha Franklin
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
Label ©  Atlantic
Release Year  1967
Length  41:26
Genre  Soul
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  A-0141
Bitrate  192 Kbps
    Track Listing:
      Drown In My Own Tears  
      I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)  
      Soul Serenade  
      Don't Let Me Lose This Dream  
      Baby, Baby, Baby  
      Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)  
      Good Times  
      Do Right Woman-Do Right Man  
      Save Me  
      A Change Is Gonna Come  
      Respect (Stereo Version)  
      I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (Stereo Version)  
      Do Right Woman-Do Right Man (Stereo Version)  
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      This is the album on which Aretha finds her voice. She'd previously recorded for another label, but this Atlantic debut created the sound that has come to define her. The tracks read like a greatest hits collection: "Respect," "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," "Dr. Feelgood," "Baby, Baby, Baby," "A Change Is Gonna Come," and the title track. She's alternately pumped full of soul or scraping her inner being to find more. A classic. --Robert Gordon

      Review by Jason Ankeny

      While the inclusion of "Respect" -- one of the truly seminal singles in pop history -- is in and of itself sufficient to earn I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You classic status, Aretha Franklin's Atlantic label debut is an indisputable masterpiece from start to finish. Much of the credit is due to producer Jerry Wexler, who finally unleashed the soulful intensity so long kept under wraps during her Columbia tenure; assembling a crack Muscle Shoals backing band along with an abundance of impeccable material, Wexler creates the ideal setting to allow Aretha to ascend to the throne of Queen of Soul, and she responds with the strongest performances of her career. While the brilliant title track remains the album's other best-known song, each cut on I Never Loved a Man is touched by greatness; covers of Ray Charles' "Drown in My Own Tears" and Sam Cooke's "Good Times" and "A Change Is Gonna Come" are on par with the original recordings, while Aretha's own contributions -- "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream," "Baby, Baby, Baby," "Save Me," and "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)" -- are perfectly at home in such lofty company. A soul landmark.
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