The Guide to Aretha Franklin

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Tags: 
  • I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967) - *****
  • Lady Soul (1968) - *****
  • Aretha Now (1968) - ****
  • Aretha in Paris (1968) - ***
  • 30 Greatest Hits (1968) - *****
  • Soul '69 (1969) - ****
  • This Girl's in Love with You (1970) - *** 1/2
  • Spirit in the Dark (1970) - **** 1/2
  • Sweet Bitter Love (1970) - ** 1/2
  • Aretha Live at Fillmore West (1971) - ***
  • Young, Gifted and Black (1971) - ****
  • Amazing Grace (1972) - **** 1/2
  • The Great Aretha Franklin: The First 12 Sides (1973) - ***
  • Sparkle (1976) - ***
  • Aretha Sings the Blues (1980) - ***
  • Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985) - *** 1/2
  • One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (1987) - *** 1/2
  • Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings (1992) - *****
  • Greatest Hits (1980-1994) (1994) - ** 1/2
  • The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 (1994) - **** 1/2
  • The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 2 (1994) - **** 1/2
  • Love Songs (1997) - ***
  • Early Years (1997) - **
  • Amazing Grace: The complete Recordings (1999) - *** 1/2
  • Aretha's Best (2001) - ****
  • The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 (2002) - **
  • Plantinum & Gold Collection (2003) - **
  • So Damn Happy (2003) - ***
Author Comments: 

This appears just like my CC series, but there is one crucial distinction. This list is the combined opinions of me and the critics in the critical consensus series. My vote counted for one point just like the vote of each critic.

Essentially, this is simply an update of the CC series with my little voice tossed in as a drop in the critical pool.

Scale:

***** - Masterpiece
**** 1/2 - Classic
**** - Great
*** 1/2 - Good
*** - Above Average
** 1/2 - Average
** - Below Average
* 1/2 - Bad
* - Terrible
1/2 - One of the worst albums ever