Aretha Arrives

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Aretha Arrives
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Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released August 4, 1967
Recorded June 20, 1967 – June 23, 1967 at Atlantic Studios,
(New York City, New York)
Genre Deep Soul, Southern Soul, R&B, Soul
Length 36:30
Label Atlantic,
Producer Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Aretha Arrives
Take a Look
Singles from Aretha Arrives
  1. "Baby I Love You"
    Released: July 1, 1967
  2. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
    Released: 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Aretha Arrives is the twelfth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on August 4, 1967 by Atlantic Records. Its only single release was "Baby I Love You", a million-selling Gold 45 which hit #1 R&B and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. This is her second album for Atlantic. The sessions for the album were delayed because Aretha shattered her elbow in an accident during a southern tour. She decided she was ready to record before her doctor thought she was ready. While she still did not have full mobility, she provided piano accompaniment on the slower songs and played with her left hand only on "You Are My Sunshine".[2]


After its release, Rolling Stone magazine reviewed the collection by saying: "...neither the sophistication nor the subtlety of the musicians involved gets in the way of the basic primitivism of Aretha's music. The best cuts on the record hit with tremendous immediacy and force, and do so in an entirely artistic way. The only hang-ups are the occasional reliance on unnecessary gimmicks, and the weakness of some of the material."[3]

In 2004, Q ranked the album at number 1 in its list of "20 Forgettable Follow-Ups to Big Albums".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Satisfaction" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:35
2. "You Are My Sunshine" Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell 4:18
3. "Never Let Me Go" Joe Scott 2:50
4. "96 Tears" Rudy Martinez 2:12
5. "Prove It" Randy Evretts, Horace Ott 2:58
6. "Night Life" Willie Nelson, Walt Breeland, Paul Buskirk 3:10
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "That's Life" Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon 4:25
8. "I Wonder" Cecil Gant, Raymond Leveen 4:21
9. "Ain't Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around)" Carolyn Franklin 2:31
10. "Going Down Slow" St. Louis Jimmy Oden 4:27
11. "Baby, I Love You" Ronnie Shannon 2:39


vocal group backgrounds

See also[edit]


Tracks and Personnel are from the LP liner notes.[2]

  1. ^ Aretha Arrives at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b "Aretha Arrives", Aretha Franklin, Atlantic 8150 (1967) LP.
  3. ^ "Aretha" by Jon Landau. Rolling Stone, Vol. 1, No. 2, November 23, 1967, p. 16.
  4. ^