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 Aretha Franklin
Released March 10, 1967
Recorded January 10 – February 26, 1967 at Fame Studio,
(Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
and Atlantic Recording Studios,
(New York City, New York)
Length 32:51
Label Atlantic
Producer Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Take It Like You Give It
(1967)Take It Like You Give It1967
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Aretha Arrives
(1967)Aretha Arrives1967
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
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceA[2]

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.[3]


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."[4] 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 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
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



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.

See also[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. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Aretha" by Jon Landau. Rolling Stone Vol.1 No.2; November 23, 1967 p16