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Aretha Sings Covers

August 16th, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

What needs to be said about the genius of Aretha Franklin and her influence has been said. One part of that genius was her ability to take possession of other people’s songs. Mention songs like Respect or Say A Little Prayer or Spanish Harlem, and few will say Otis Redding or Dionne Warwick or Ben. E. King. When Aretha took those songs, they became hers.

Many others she re-interpreted in such a way that her version would become virtually a different song, not infrequently eclipsing the almost ineclipsable. Consider what she did with the Beatles ballad The Long And Winding Road or Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water — both fine ballads beloved of crooner types — by giving them a bit of gospel. The Beatles track acquires a depth neither the composition nor Phil Spector’s production suggested in The Beatles hands. The S&G track acquires a spiritual dimension that was hinted at in the original but not quite realised

So by way of tribute, here is a mix of Aretha Franklin singing other people’s songs. In the parentheses I cite the respective song’s original performer.

As always, the mix is timed to fit in a standard CD-R length, includes home-shouted covers. PW in comments.

1. Soulville (1968 – Dinah Washington)
2. Groovin’ (1968 – The Young Rascals)
3. Until You Come Back To Me (1973 – Stevie Wonder)
4. You’re All I Need To Get By (1971 – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
5. Long And Winding Road (1972 – The Beatles)
6. Young, Gifted And Black (1972 – Nina Simone)
7. People Get Ready (1968 – The Impressions)
8. A Change Is Gonna Come (1967 – Sam Cooke)
9. Drown In My Own Tears (1967 – Sonny Thompson)
10. Bridge Over Troubled Water (1971 – Simon & Garfunkel)
11. Don’t Play That Song (1970 – Ben. E. King)
12. A Brand New Me (1972 – Jerry Butler)
13. Tracks Of My Tears (1968 – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
14. The Weight (1969 – The Band)
15. Dark End Of The Street (1970 – James Carr)
16. Eleanor Rigby (1970 – The Beatles)
17. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (1974 – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
18. Something He Can Feel (1976 – Irene Cara)
19. Oh Happy Day (with Mavis Staples) (1987 – Edwin Hawkins Singers)
20. Ever Changing Times (with Michael McDonald) (1991)
21. I Dreamed A Dream (1991 – from “Les Misérables”)


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  1. halfhearteddude
    August 16th, 2018 at 15:48 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. August 16th, 2018 at 17:50 | #2

    Thank you, dude! (And I’d add, just because, that Aretha’s version of “The Weight” features slide guitar by Duane Allman and horns by King Curtis.)

  3. Tony
    August 16th, 2018 at 21:36 | #3

    Thanks very much. Having friends over for drinks this evening to celebrate the life of this truly extraordinary lady, and I’ll definitely be playing this.

  4. Rhodb
    August 18th, 2018 at 01:04 | #4

    Thanks for the Aretha covers. I am really looking forward to her versions Nice share



  5. Ravel
    August 22nd, 2018 at 03:04 | #5

    After all these years, i discover her more and more. Thanks for this one, much appreciated !

  6. Pete
    August 24th, 2018 at 00:53 | #6

    Thanks Dude, as always for a superb, carefully selected collection of tunes by this fantastic singer and troubled soul. I especially like the fantastic version of “Until You Come Back To Me”, one of her more underrated songs and a great Stevie Wonder cover. RIP Aretha.

    August 29th, 2018 at 01:23 | #7


  8. halfhearteddude
    August 30th, 2018 at 09:16 | #8

    @SUNSTORM File has been re-upped

  9. DRAKO
    June 13th, 2020 at 13:44 | #9

    Thanks for great job, but please if possible, back to zippyshare.Rapidgator is very slow, and you can download only one file in hour.In meantime, forget the your incredible blog and go to another. .To th next time.Once again, your job is fantastic, and go on.

  10. halfhearteddude
    June 13th, 2020 at 23:06 | #10

    All new mixes go up on Zippyshare and — because Zippy is banned in the UK and Germany — on Rapidgator.

  11. Soul Covered
    August 31st, 2020 at 19:55 | #11

    Please re-up?

  12. halfhearteddude
    September 11th, 2020 at 08:48 | #12


  13. Walter
    May 12th, 2022 at 14:57 | #13

    Hello Halfhearteddude,
    would you be so nice and re-up the compliation yet again?
    Thank you!

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