"With The Ray Bryant Combo" - Aretha Franklin (voc); Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn (tb); Al Sears (ts); Ray Bryant (p); Lord Westbrook, Skeeter Best (g); Milt Hinton, Bill Lee (b); Belton Evans, Sticks Evans, Osie Johnson (dr)

As is well known, early relationships are not always blessed, and it is certainly no secret that the collaboration between Aretha Franklin and Columbia’s record producer John H. Hammond did not last long. Hammond’s later attempts to candy Franklin’s irrepressible natural voice with sugary arrangements and studio gimmicks did not go down well with the public. On the first Franklin disc from Columbia, however, it was honeymoon all the way. With a successful mix of pop and jazz standards, the super talent – Aretha had just turned 18 years old – brought her vocal chords to vibrate. Fired on with youthful élan, these evergreens sound so fresh, new and intoxicating that the question of their genre is quite irrelevant. From a seesawing R & B ("Won’t Be Long") via bell-like waves of melody ("Over The Rainbow") right up to the freely styled, jazzy Gershwin classic "It Ain’t Necessarily So" – everything is right there! The Ray Bryant Trio – augmented with winds – proves itself a formidable ensemble with true presence yet unobtrusive accompaniment. If you compare the mature performances of Aretha Franklin in her subsequent years with Atlantic (Atlantic SD7205), you will soon recognize that the later 'First Lady of Soul' was in full command of her profession right from the very beginning.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under
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Tracklist

A1 Won't Be Long  
A2 Over The Rainbow  
A3 Love Is The Only Thing  
A4 Sweet Lover  
A5 All Night Long  
A6 Who Needs You?  
B1 Right Now  
B2 Are You Sure  
B3 Maybe I'm A Fool  
B4 It Ain't Necessarily So  
B5 (Blue) By Myself  
B6 Today I Sing The Blues

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