Orthodox thinking says...
Columbia Records didn't know what to do with Aretha Franklin. They knew they had a major talent, but they couldn't find the right musical setting for her, or a sympathetic producer. They wasted her on jazz standards and unexciting blues numbers and worst of all they tried to straighten out her gospel roots. Isn't that like taking the alcohol out of the Jack Daniels? What are you left with? A slightly syrupy malt drink. Only when she got to Atlantic did it all start to fly.
Davy H says...
Hmm, well, kind of. But it's also true that if you're missing pre-Atlantic era Aretha you're missing some pretty good stuff. Just, you know, use your head; be selective.
For Mondo, who I promised some of this to a while back.
Aretha Franklin - 'Land Of Dreams' (1965)
Aretha Franklin - 'Skylark' (1965)
Aretha Franklin - 'Operation Heartbreak' (1961)
Aretha Franklin - 'Running Out Of Fools' (1964)