I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released March 10, 1967
Recorded January 10 – February 26, 1967 at Fame Studio,
(New York City, New York)
Muscle Shoals and Atlantic Recording Studios,
(New York City, New York)
Genre Soul Music, Memphis Soul, Southern Soul, R&B
Length 32:51
Label Atlantic, Rhino
Producer Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Take a Look
(1967)
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
(1967)
Aretha Arrives
(1967)
Singles from I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  1. "Respect"
    Released: April 10, 1967
  2. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)"
    Released: May 28, 1967
  3. "Baby, Baby, Baby"
    Released: August 4, 1967
  4. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"
    Released: October 23, 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice A[2]
Aretha Franklin version of Otis Redding's "Respect" from I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You is the twelfth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on March 10, 1967 by Atlantic Records, It went to number 2 on the Billboard album chart and number 1 on the magazine's Black Albums chart. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1967. It received a number 83 ranking on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and inclusion in both the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005) and 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (2008). The album included two top-10 singles: "Respect" was a #1 single on Billboard '​s Hot 100 Pop singles chart, and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" peaked at number 9.

Reception[edit]

In 1967, Rolling Stone chided the album for "the lack of versatility on the part of the sidemen. The drums weren't hard enough, the guitar was weak, and the production lacked polish."[3] In 2002, though, they placed the album at #1 on their "Women in Rock: 50 Essential Albums" list. In 2003, the album was ranked #83 on Rolling Stone '​s list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Q magazine (1/03, p. 54) included the album in their list of the "100 Greatest Albums Ever". Q (7/93, p. 106) also gave the album 4 stars and said "...[the album] came out in May 1967 and was number 2 in America within weeks... now it stands untainted by time. She seemed so much a force of nature it's strange to recall that this was actually her tenth album..."

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Respect" (Otis Redding) – 2:29
  2. "Drown in My Own Tears" (Henry Glover) – 4:07
  3. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (Ronnie Shannon) – 2:51
  4. "Soul Serenade" (Curtis Ousley, Luther Dixon) – 2:39
  5. "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 2:23
  6. "Baby, Baby, Baby" (Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin) – 2:54
Side two
  1. "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 3:23
  2. "Good Times" (Sam Cooke) – 2:10
  3. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (Dan Penn, Chips Moman) – 3:16
  4. "Save Me" (Curtis Ousley, Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin) – 2:21
  5. "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) – 4:20
1995 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Respect" (stereo version) – 2:28
  2. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (stereo version) – 2:47
  3. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (stereo version) – 3:14

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Jerry Wexler
  • Engineered by Tom Dowd

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 20, 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide to 1967". The Village Voice (New York). p. 69. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Aretha" by Jon Landau. Rolling Stone Vol.1 No.2; November 23, 1967 p16