I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
|I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You|
|Studio album by Aretha Franklin|
|Released||March 10, 1967|
January 10 – February 26, 1967 at Fame Studio,|
(Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
and Atlantic Recording Studios,
(New York City, New York)
|Aretha Franklin chronology|
|Singles from I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You|
|The Village Voice||A|
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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You is the eleventh 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 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). 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. The album was rated the 10th best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.
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." 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..."
|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"||King Curtis, 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|
|7.||"Dr. Feelgood"||Aretha Franklin, Ted White||3:23|
|8.||"Good Times"||Sam Cooke||2:10|
|9.||"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"||Dan Penn, Chips Moman||3:16|
|10.||"Save Me"||Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, King Curtis||2:21|
|11.||"A Change Is Gonna Come"||Sam Cooke||4:20|
|1995 reissue bonus tracks|
|12.||"Respect" (Stereo version)||Otis Redding||2:28|
|13.||"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (Stereo version)||Ronnie Shannon||2:47|
|14.||"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (Stereo version)||Dan Penn, Chips Moman||3:14|
- Aretha Franklin – piano, vocals
- Spooner Oldham – keyboards, piano
- Jimmy Johnson – guitar
- Chips Moman – guitar
- Tommy Cogbill – bass
- Gene Chrisman – drums
- Roger Hawkins – drums
- Melvin Lastie – trumpet
- Charles Chalmers – tenor saxophone
- King Curtis – tenor saxophone
- Willie Bridges – baritone saxophone
- Carolyn Franklin – background vocals
- Erma Franklin - background vocals
- Cissy Houston – background vocals
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Jerry Wexler can be confused as a producer of Aretha Franklin's music created during this time period. However, Jerry Wexler had picked up Aretha Franklin when her contract with Columbia Records expired with no new arrangement even being offered. Wexler, in this case (the Muscle Shoals recordings), was simply the owner of Atlantic records, and he had deliberately sought out Rick Hall and his FAME studios, for the specific purpose of making a hit record with his newest talent. Previously, Ms. Franklin's career at Columbia had been anything but remarkable. And, when someone wanted Rick Hall and his Fame Studios recording band, then there was never even a discussion about who would be producing. Although Mr. Wexler was present at all recording sessions, he never had anything directly to do with Mr. Hall's decisions or vision for any given song. The result was a chart topper of an album that had finally shown what Aretha Franklin was capable of, and further, it became a foundation for what she would eventually become...arguably the greatest female singer (of the genre) of all time.
- I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You at AllMusic
- Christgau, Robert (December 20, 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide to 1967". The Village Voice. New York. p. 69. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
- "Aretha" by Jon Landau. Rolling Stone Vol.1 No.2; November 23, 1967 p16