Aretha Franklin - Precious Lord: 19 Gospel Recordings Audio Samples Available

Precious Lord: 19 Gospel Recordings by Aretha Franklin

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Gospel, Album
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19 very early recordings from Aretha's early church singing days.

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  1. 1. Precious Lord Pt1
  2. 2. Precious Lord Pt2
  3. 3. He's All Right
  4. 4. There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
  5. 5. Jesus On The Main Line
  6. 6. You Grow Closer
  7. 7. Never Grow Old
  8. 8. Mother Love Her Children
  9. 9. The Day Is Past And Gone
  10. 10. He Will Wash You White As Snow
  11. 11. While The Blood Runs Warm
  12. 12. This Little Light Of Mine
  13. 13. Yield Not To Temptation
  14. 14. The Old Ship Of Zion Pt1
  15. 15. The Old Ship Of Zion Pt2
  16. 16. Power
  17. 17. I Will Trust In The Lord
  18. 18. I'm Going Through Pt1
  19. 19. I'm Going Through PT2
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Reviewed by Paul Poulton

Little Richard said, "Aretha Franklin may be the Queen of Soul but who wants to be the queen when you're the King of Rock'n'Roll?" Fair point, but at least the man with the foot-high bouffant recognised Aretha's position in the music scene's hierarchy. However, on these recordings from Aretha's early church days she is Queen-Designate, a princess who will ascend to the throne. On these first recordings made with a teenage Aretha in her father's church it's plain to see that the great strength of the young Aretha is her passion and ability to pull the listener into the emotion of a song. "He's All Right" moves apace and drags you along with it whether you like it or not. "While The Blood Runs Warm" is a challenging song using bending and swirling blues notes, Aretha's skill and vocal prowess is plain to see, even though the quality of recording is not what we expect these days. A plain, slightly muffled piano or organ, a congregation with the princess taking lead vocals, turn out to be valuable recordings that give us an insight into Aretha's church. In one song a sister screams every few seconds, who is perhaps a little too close to the mic that the modern day recording engineers who mastered these primitive recordings by the legendary Joseph Von Battle would have liked. It's also important to say that Aretha doesn't feature on a number of these songs, although that is not stated on the sleevenotes. Aretha's dad, the Rev C L Franklin who himself was a preacher and gospel singer with a national following, is probably the other lead vocalist featured on these 19 songs. The songs themselves extol the majesty of Jesus, who in turn could easily say, "Who wants to be the king of Rock'n'Roll when you're the King of Kings".

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 49607
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Remember RMB75142
Items: 1
Release Date: 31 Oct 2008

19 very early recordings from Aretha's early church singing days.

The classic early gospel recordings of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

These recordings were made by the great soul singer Aretha Franklin when she was still a very young woman singing sacred music, largely in the church at which her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, was pastor. In these tracks, we hear the origins both of Franklinís remarkable vocal and interpretative talent and of soul itself.

For more information about Aretha Franklin, check the Aretha Franklin Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)

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