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TAKE A LOOK: ARETHA FRANKLIN COMPLETE ON COLUMBIA

TAKE A LOOK: ARETHA FRANKLIN COMPLETE ON COLUMBIA celebrates the 50th anniversary of Aretha’s pop performance career with the first-ever collection of Aretha’s entire Columbia output, including master takes, unissued performances, rare mono mixes and studio conversations, in one deluxe 12-disc (11 CDs + DVD) box set.

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The 12 discs are housed in a beautiful box and are accompanied by a lavish 64-page, full color book.  The book features extensive new liner notes, complete discography, and incredible, rare photography of a young Aretha.

 

TAKE A LOOK begins with expanded editions of Aretha’s seven original Columbia albums:
 
•    Aretha (with the Ray Bryant Combo) (released February 27, 1961)
•    The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962)
•    The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin (1962)
•    Laughing On The Outside (1963)
•    Unforgettable – A Tribute To Dinah Washington (1964)
•    Runnin’ Out Of Fools (1965)
•    Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet (in two sequences: the original 1965 album recorded live in the studio with overdubbed applause, followed by a new previously unreleased version without the nightclub ambience)

Two CDs reflect Aretha’s collaborations with the influential producers Bobby Scott and Clyde Otis -- collaborations that were either shelved or issued as singles, but never on LP:
 
•    Tiny Sparrow: The Bobby Scott Sessions (1963)
•    Take A Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions (1964)

Two CDs are new compilations:
 
•    A Bit of Soul (the full album as it was compiled in 1965, but never released)
•    The Queen In Waiting (includes Aretha's last Columbia recordings produced by Bob Johnston, noted for his work during this period with Bob Dylan; and songs that Columbia "sweetened" with new musicians after Aretha left the label)

A bonus DVD, Aretha '64! Live on The Steve Allen Show, features Aretha singing and playing piano on the legendary comedian's television program in the spring of 1964. The performances include “Lover Come Back to Me,” “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody,” “Won’t Be Long,” “Skylark,” and “Evil Gal Blues.”

 


Tracklistings:

CD 1 & 2 CD 3 & 4 CD 5 & 6 CD 7 & 8 CD 9 & 10 CD 11 & DVD

Disc 1: ARETHA with THE RAY BRYANT COMBO
1. Won’t Be Long (3:08)
2. Over The Rainbow (2:38)
3. Love Is The Only Thing (2:40)
4. Sweet Lover (3:22)
5. All Night Long (2:57)
6. Who Needs You? (2:46)
7. Right Now (2:22)
8. Are You Sure (2:40)
9. Maybe I’m A Fool (3:16)
10. It Ain’t Necessarily So (2:51)
11. By Myself (2:38)
12. Today I Sing The Blues (2:45)

BONUS TRACKS:
13. Are You Sure (Rehearsal) (2:17)
14. Who Needs You? (Take 9) (3:03)
15. Right Now (Take 1) (2:13)
16. Maybe I’m A Fool (Take 4) (3:57)

Tracks 14-16 are previously unreleased.

MONO MIXES:
17. By Myself (2:39)
18. Won’t Be Long (2:54)   
19. All Night Long (3:06)
20. Love Is The Only Thing (2:44)
21. Right Now (2:22)
22. Today I Sing The Blues (2:48)

Disc 2: THE ELECTRIFYING ARETHA FRANKLIN
1. You Made Me Love You (2:17)
2. I Told You So (2:41)
3. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (2:22)
4. Nobody Like You (2:21)
5. Exactly Like You (2:35)
6. It’s So Heartbreakin’ (2:38)
7. Rough Lover (2:45)
8. Blue Holiday (2:52)
9. Just For You (2:19)
10. That Lucky Old Sun (3:18)
11. I Surrender, Dear (2:45)
12. Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive (2:16)

BONUS TRACKS:
13. Introduction To Hard Times (:31)
14. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) (3:08)
15. When They Ask About You (2:59)
16. Operation Heartbreak (2:59)

MONO MIXES:
17. I Surrender, Dear (2:46)
18. Rough Lover (2:47)
19. Kissin’ By The Mistletoe (2:22)

Disc 3: THE TENDER, THE MOVING, THE SWINGING ARETHA FRANKLIN
1. Don’t Cry, Baby (3:21)
2. Try A Little Tenderness (3:15)
3. I Apologize (2:53)
4. Without The One You Love (2:47)
5. Look For The Silver Lining (3:04)
6. I’m Sitting On Top of The World (2:41)
7. Just For A Thrill (2:31)
8. God Bless The Child (3:02)
9. I’m Wandering (3:26)
10. How Deep Is The Ocean (2:48)
11. I Don’t Know You Anymore (2:48)
12. Lover Come Back To Me (2:34)

MONO MIXES:
13. Trouble In Mind (2:15)
14. Without The One You Love (2:46) 
15. Don’t Cry, Baby (3:14)
16. I’m Wandering (3:25)
17. Try A Little Tenderness (3:14)
18. I Apologize (2:52)
19. Lover Come Back To Me (2:34)
20. I Don’t Know You Anymore (2:47)

Disc 4: LAUGHING ON THE OUTSIDE
1. Skylark (2:52)
2. For All We Know (3:27)
3. Make Someone Happy (3:49)
4. I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight) (3:16)
5. Solitude (3:49)
6. Laughing On The Outside (3:12)
7. Say It Isn’t So (3:08)
8. Until The Real Thing Comes Along (3:06)
9. If Ever I Would Leave You (4:06)
10. Where Are You? (3:50)
11. Mr. Ugly (3:22)
12. I Wanna Be Around (2:26)

BONUS TRACK:
13. Ol’ Man River (4:01)

MONO MIXES:
14. You’ve Got Her (2:40)
15. Here’s Where I Came In (Here’s Where I Walk Out) (2:53)
16. Say It Isn’t So (3:08)

Disc 5: TINY SPARROW: THE BOBBY SCOTT SESSIONS
1. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow (3:29)
2. Please Answer Me (2:31)
3. Harbor Lights (2:50)
4. I May Never Get To Heaven (3:28)
5. Moon River (2:11)
6. I Won’t Cry Anymore (2:50)
7. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home (2:20)
8. My Little Brown Book (3:19)
9. Tiny Sparrow (2:51)
10. Johnny (3:06)
11. Looking Through A Tear (3:11)

MONO MIXES:
12. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home (2:20)
13. Johnny (2:59)

Disc 6: UNFORGETTABLE: A TRIBUTE TO DINAH WASHINGTON
1. Unforgettable (3:41)
2. Cold, Cold Heart (4:36)
3. What A Diff’rence A Day Made (3:31)
4. Drinking Again (3:28)
5. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning (5:11)
6. Evil Gal Blues (2:41)
7. Don’t Say You’re Sorry Again (2:45)
8. This Bitter Earth (4:35)
9. If I Should Lose You (3:36)
10. Soulville (2:21)

MONO MIX:
11. Lee Cross  (3:05)

Disc 7: TAKE A LOOK: THE CLYDE OTIS SESSIONS
1. I’ll Keep On Smiling (3:23)
2. Shangri-La (3:14)
3. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart (2:33)
4. People (4:17)
5. A Mother’s Love (2:32)
6. Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love) (2:17)
7. But Beautiful (2:56)
8. That’s Entertainment (1:50)
9. Take A Look (2:40)
10. (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young (4:42)
11. Jim (2:28)
12. Sweet Bitter Love (2:58)
13. Only The Lonely (4:53)
14. My Coloring Book (4:07)
15. I Wish I Didn’t Love You So (2:54)

MONO MIXES:
16. People (4:21)
17. A Mother’s Love (2:31)

Disc 8: RUNNIN’ OUT OF FOOLS
1. Mockingbird (2:34)
2. How Glad I Am (2:32)
3. Walk On By (2:47)
4. Every Little Bit Hurts (2:46)
5. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) (2:22)
6. You’ll Lose A Good Thing (2:38)
7. I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face (2:44)
8. It’s Just A Matter Of Time (2:56)
9. Runnin’ Out Of Fools (2:33)
10. My Guy (3:03)
11. Two Sides Of Love (2:26)
12. One Room Paradise (2:06)

BONUS TRACKS:
13. A general market advertisement from Columbia Records (0:40)
14. A special ad for Christmas (0:53)

MONO MIXES:
15. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (2:53)
16. Winter Wonderland (2:12)

Disc 9: A BIT OF SOUL
1. Follow Your Heart (2:26)
2. Only The One You Love (2:24)
3. One Step Ahead (2:34)
4. Can’t You Just See Me (2:03)
5. How To Murder Your Wife (2:55)
6. A Little Bit Of Soul (2:21)
7. Cry Like A Baby (2:13)
8. Her Little Heart Went To Loveland (2:34)
9. Remember Me (2:13)
10. Land Of Dreams (2:14)
11. Little Miss Raggedy Ann (2:10)

BONUS TRACKS:
12. Deeper (2:12)
13. I Still Can’t Forget (2:55)
14. Rose Of Washington Square (2:38)

MONO MIXES:
15. Take It Like You Give It (1:53)
16. Follow Your Heart (2:26)
17. Only The One You Love (2:22)
18. One Step Ahead (2:27)
19. How To Murder Your Wife (2:49)
20. A Little Bit Of Soul (2:18)
21. Cry Like A Baby (2:06)
22. Her Little Heart Went To Loveland (2:35)

Disc 10: YEAH!!! IN PERSON WITH HER QUARTET
1. This Could Be The Start Of Something (1:30)
2. Once In A Lifetime (3:21)
3. Misty (3:38)
4. More (1:50)
5. There Is No Greater Love (4:40)
6. Muddy Water (2:28)
7. If I Had A Hammer (2:35
8. Impossible (3:22)
9. Today I Love Ev’rybody (3:25)
10. Without The One You Love (3:33)
11. Trouble In Mind (2:54)
12. Love For Sale (2:40)

THE ORIGINAL SESSIONS:
13. Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home (2:15)
14. Misty (3:36)
15. Love For Sale (2:30)
16. Once In A Lifetime (3:20)
17. Today I Love Ev’rybody (3:24)
18. Impossible (3:26)
19. This Could Be The Start Of Something (1:25)
20. More (2:09)
21. There Is No Greater Love (4:40)
22. If I Had A Hammer (2:31)
23. Muddy Water (2:29)
24. Without The One You Love (3:41)
25. Trouble In Mind (3:02)

Tracks 14-25 are previously unreleased.

Disc 11: THE QUEEN IN WAITING
1. Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket (Make It For The Door) (1:57)
2. (No, No) I’m Losing You (3:08)
3. Why Was I Born? (2:51)
4. Hands Off (2:12)
5. Swanee (2:24)
6. You Made Me Love You (2:32)
7. Until You Were Gone (3:06)
8. Mockingbird (2:35)
9. Can’t You Just See Me (1:55)
10. Today I Sing The Blues (2:46)
11. Walk On By (3:06)
12. One Room Paradise (2:50)
13. Every Little Bit Hurts (1:59)
14. Evil Gal Blues (2:46)
15. Rough Lover (2:44)
16. Trouble In Mind (3:36)
17. Without The One You Love (2:43)
18. Won’t Be Long (2:06)
19. Take A Look (2:41)
20. Runnin’ Out Of Fools (3:02)
21. Skylark (6:11)

Tracks 1, 4 and 7-10 are mono mixes.
Tracks 20 and 21 are previously unreleased.

Disc 12 (DVD): ARETHA ’64! LIVE ON THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW
1. Lover Come Back To Me
2. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
3. Won’t Be Long
4. Skylark
5. Evil Gal Blues