Album Details

RELEASE
March 10, 1967
LABEL
Rhino
GENRES
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Southern Soul, Deep Soul, Memphis Soul

Album Review

While the inclusion of "Respect" -- one of the truly seminal singles in pop history -- is in and of itself sufficient to earn I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You classic status, Aretha Franklin's Atlantic label debut is an indisputable masterpiece from start to finish. Much of the credit is due to producer Jerry Wexler, who finally unleashed the soulful intensity so long kept under wraps during her Columbia tenure; assembling a crack Muscle Shoals backing band along with an abundance of impeccable material, Wexler creates the ideal setting to allow Aretha to ascend to the throne of Queen of Soul, and she responds with the strongest performances of her career. While the brilliant title track remains the album's other best-known song, each cut on I Never Loved a Man is touched by greatness; covers of Ray Charles' "Drown in My Own Tears" and Sam Cooke's "Good Times" and "A Change Is Gonna Come" are on par with the original recordings, while Aretha's own contributions -- "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream," "Baby, Baby, Baby," "Save Me," and "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)" -- are perfectly at home in such lofty company. A soul landmark.
Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Respecthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532526&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  2. Drown in My Own Tearshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532528&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  3. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532530&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  4. Soul Serenadehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532532&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  5. Don't Let Me Lose This Dreamhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532533&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  6. Baby, Baby, Babyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532534&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  7. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532536&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  8. Good Timeshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532537&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  10. Save Mehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532540&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  11. A Change Is Gonna Comehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532549&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  12. Respect [Stereo Version][*]http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532551&id=284532525&at=11l9vR
  13. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) [Stereo Version][*]
  14. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man [Stereo Version][*]http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=284532554&id=284532525&at=11l9vR