The Electrifying Aretha Franklin

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The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
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Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released March 19, 1962
Recorded July 11, 1961; August 16, 1961; November 7, 1961; December 21, 1961; January 25, 1962 at Columbia Recording Studios,
(New York City, New York)
Length 31:30
Label Columbia
Producer John H. Hammond, Richard Wess
Aretha Franklin chronology
Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo
The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Electrifying Aretha Franklin is the third studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on March 19, 1962 by Columbia Records. The album which also known under its working title The Incomparable Aretha Franklin, was recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York. It was produced by John Hammond and arranged by Richard Wess.[2]


This reception was written on "New Stars" newspaper in 1961. "The dimly lit, smoke-filled jazz club was taking on the aspect of a revival tent. The slight, attractive girl at the piano was rasping out a fervent cry, much in the manner of a preacher exhorting his congregation. The audience - sophisticated city-dwellers all - was responding, picking up the leader's lusty calls and answering them with exciting, spontaneous antiphonal replies in the best call-and-response tradition of Negro songs. The young girl's propulsive, Gospel-tinged piano and the crowd's surgingly infectious handclapping further added to the emphatic church-music feeling. The lissome preacher was Aretha Franklin, perhaps the most gripping and individual vocal stylist in some time."

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "You Made Me Love You" (Joe McCarthy, James Vincent Monaco) 2:19
  2. "I Told You So" (John Leslie McFarland) 2:44
  3. "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" (Sam M. Lewis, Jean Schwartz, Joe Young) 2:24
  4. "Nobody Like You" (James Cleveland) 2:23
  5. "Exactly Like You" (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields) 2:36
  6. "It's So Heartbreakin'" (John Leslie McFarland) 2:39

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Rough Lover" (John Leslie McFarland) 2:48
  2. "Blue Holiday" (Willie Denson, Luther Dixon) 2:53
  3. "Just for You" (J. Bailey, John Leslie McFarland) 2:20
  4. "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)" (Haven Gillespie, Harry Beasley Smith) 3:20
  5. "I Surrender, Dear" (Harry Barris, Gordon Clifford) 2:46
  6. "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) 2:18

Bonus Tracks on Re-issues[edit]

  1. "Introduction To Hard Times" 0:31
  2. "Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)" 3:08
  3. "When They Ask About You" 2:59
  4. "Operation Heartbreak" 2:59

Mono Mixes[edit]

  1. "I Surrender, Dear" 2:46
  2. "Rough Lover" 2:47
  3. "Kissin' By The Mistletoe" (Also appears on An All-Star Christmas, CL 1699) 2:22