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Brand New Me – Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

LP (Item 922449) Atlantic, 2017 — Condition: Near Mint-

Vocals by Aretha Franklin – taken to whole new territory in this unique mixing of modes! The set brings together core elements from classic Atlantic Records songs by Aretha – classics recorded during her late 60s/early 70s heyday for the label – and adds in these larger charts by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – but all at a level that comes across surprisingly well overall! The style isn't a classification of Franklin's groove – and rather, it's maybe a deepening of its sophistication – a bit like the way that late 60s funk blossomed in a larger ensemble setting during the blacksploitation soundtrack years – but with the obvious focus on vocals here. Sometimes, the orchestrations are used for subtle shading, sometimes with a more direct effect to set the mood – but the classic Aretha Franklin is still at the heart of the whole project – on titles that include "A Brand New Me", "Border Song", "Let It Be", "You're All I Need To Get By", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Don't Play That Song", "Think", "People Get Ready", "Son Of A Preacher Man", and "Respect".  © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(White vinyl pressing.)

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Additional Marks & Notes

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