I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 10, 1967
RecordedJanuary 10 – February 26, 1967
StudioFAME Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama and
Atlantic Recording Studios, (New York City, New York
Genre
Length32:51
LabelAtlantic
ProducerJerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Take It Like You Give It
(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. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)"
    Released: February 10, 1967
  2. "Respect"
    Released: April 16, 1967
  3. "Baby, Baby, Baby"
    Released: August 4, 1967
  4. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"
    Released: October 23, 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceA[2]

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You is the 10th studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on March 10, 1967, by Atlantic Records (her first with that label), it went to number 2 on the Billboard album chart and number 1 on the magazine's Top R&B Selling 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). When Rolling Stone listed the "Women in Rock: 50 Essential Albums" in 2002 and again 2012, the album listed at number one.[3] The album included two top-10 singles: "Respect" was a number-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. The album was rated the 10th best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.[4]

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."[5] In 2002, though, they placed the album at No. 1 on their "Women in Rock: 50 Essential Albums" list. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 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
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Respect"Otis Redding2:29
2."Drown in My Own Tears"Henry Glover4:07
3."I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)"Ronnie Shannon2:51
4."Soul Serenade"King Curtis, Luther Dixon2:39
5."Don't Let Me Lose This Dream"Aretha Franklin, Ted White2:23
6."Baby Baby Baby"Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin2:54
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Dr. Feelgood"Aretha Franklin, Ted White3:23
8."Good Times"Sam Cooke2:10
9."Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"Dan Penn, Chips Moman3:16
10."Save Me"Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, King Curtis2:21
11."A Change Is Gonna Come"Sam Cooke4:20

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

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. ^ Tatangelo, Wade (August 16, 2018). "Aretha Franklin remembered by Sarasota's Jerry Wexler, her legendary producer". Sarasota Herald. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  5. ^ Landau, Jon (November 23, 1967), "Aretha", Rolling Stone, Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 16.