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Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia

Released: 2011

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.”

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