Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now

★★★★★

  1. Think: 👍🏻
  2. I Say a Little Prayer: 👍🏻
  3. See Saw: 👍🏻
  4. Night Time Is the Right Time: 👍🏻
  5. You Send Me: 👍🏻
  6. You’re a Sweet Sweet Man: 👍🏻
  7. I Take What I Want: 👍🏻
  8. Hello Sunshine: 👍🏻
  9. A Change: 👍🏻
  10. I Can’t See Myself Leaving You: 👍🏻


I don’t remember what phrase it was, but I overheard something somewhere today that reminded me of a line from Think. The only version of it I’ve ever heard, I think, is the one on the soundtrack to The Blues Brothers. As it turns out, that version is noticeably faster than the one on Aretha Now, but that certainly doesn’t take away from it.

I found the album by searching Wikipedia for the song, which then linked me to the page for the album, and I was delighted to discover that Steve Cropper wrote track 3: See Saw. Steve Cropper, if you didn’t know, was (is?) a member of The Blues Brothers Band. When I started reading his Wikipedia page, I discovered that he was also in Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Which I also learned was a freakin’ studio band! All this blew my mind, and so before I even played the first track of this album, I tweeted the following:

After tweeting that, and halfway through the album, I went back to the page for the album to see who the drummer was on You’re a Sweet Sweet Man, because the beat blew my mind. It turns out Roger Hawkins played on the whole album. It turns out he was in the damn Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section a.k.a. the Swampers. As in “Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers. And they’ve been known to pick a song or two.” That’s a lyric from Sweet Home Alabama, in case you didn’t recognize it, although I don’t know how that’s possible. … Unless you never actually knew what the correct words were. It turns out Roger Hawkins has played on some great songs, including Old Time Rock & Roll, Land of 1000 Dances, Kodachrome, and Respect. What a career!

All that trivia aside, the album itself was phenomenal. Aretha is one of those artists who I only know through a few major hits. I’ll definitely be listening to more of her work this year.

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