I love Aretha. I always think that it is such a shame that the music industry has changed so much now thsat we will never have another Aretha cause they wouldn't fit the citeria for todays celebs. Aretha was never tv friendly, but she had the talent and she delivered.
I read somewhere that Luther got the big head when he was producing Aretha and they fell out for awhile.the best Box set that I own period. you name the style and Aretha can cover it. for me her peak and prime was 67-76. she was on fire back in the day.tight on the piano and can sing/sang the gospel. i was hit and miss with the columbia records stuff. but when she found her groove there was no stoppin her. my last Aretha knock out jam was the Luther Vandross Produced "Jump to it". I can take or leave the arista records era stuff.