The Definitive Aretha Franklin Collection, “Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia” Releasing March 22

This looks set to be the definitive Aretha Franklin collection that every real fan should own. Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia marks the first time that Aretha’s entire Columbia output, including master takes, unissued performances, rare mono mixes and studio conversations, have been preserved in one deluxe 12-disc (11 CDs + DVD) box set. The package is available for pre-order at in advance of its March 22, 2011release at all physical and digital retail outlets. The suggested retail price for the box is $169.98, but for everything that is included for true fans it will be money well spent.


Take A Look also includes a comprehensive 64-page booklet with never-before-seen photos by Columbia staff photographer Don Hunstein; recollections by John Hammond, who signed the young gospel singer; a discography of Aretha’s Columbia LPs and singles; and an expansive essay “Bold Soul Ingenue” by Daphne A. Brooks, Professor of English and African American Studies at Princeton University.

Aretha, who turns 69 on March 25th, still commands the oft-cited R word (for R-E-S-P-E-C-T). Her voice remains one of the glories in American music. She has won 18 Grammys; was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; has performed at two presidential inaugurations; and received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 – the nation’s highest honor.

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