Aretha Franklin – Yeah!!! (Pure Pleasure)
This 'live' nightclub date with a jazz trio, revealed to be a faked on the Columbia compilations that have since come out, is nonetheless a great LP, maybe the best single Columbia LP from Aretha.
John Hammond discovered her and just wanted great music, but the label couldn't decide if she was a show tune singer, jazz or R&B and never figured out she was all of the above and deserved her own category.
This is the most jazzy Aretha ever and if she'd wanted to concentrate on this one area of her talent, she would still be ruling it. Worth the buy just for the track “Without The One You Love”.
One of the great myths in music is that Aretha didn’t blossom until she signed with Atlantic. It may be true commercially, but her ten LPs or so with Columbia are…well. this is
A1 This Could Be The Start Of Something
A2 Once In A Lifetime
A5 There Is No Greater Love
A6 Muddy Water
B1 If I Had A Hammer
B3 Today I Love Ev'Rybody
B4 Without The One You Love
B5 Trouble In Mind
B6 Love For Sale