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Released: March 10, 1967


Rating: 4.861 (average of 9 ratings)


Genre: R&B


Quotable: “A soul landmark.” – Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide


Album Tracks:

  1. Respect
  2. Drown in My Own Tears
  3. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  4. Soul Serenade
  5. Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream
  6. Baby, Baby, Baby
  7. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)
  8. Good Times
  9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  10. Save Me
  11. A Change Is Gonna Come


Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.5
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 0.5


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 36


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (3/4/67) #9 US, #1 RB, sales: 1.0 m
  • Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (3/4/67) #37 RB
  • Respect (4/29/67) #1 US, #10 UK, #1 RB, sales: 1.0 m


Notes: A reissue of the album adds the singles remixes of “Respect,” “I Never Loved a Man,” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.”


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums Mojo Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time One of Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Albums. One of VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Albums of All Time.


I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Aretha Franklin
Review:
“The centerpiece of Franklin's first album for Atlantic Records was her cover of Otis Redding’s Respect, the song that, released in the midst of the racial and sexual tumult of 1967, meant so much to so many people. It remains her signature anthem” TL and “one of the truly seminal singles in pop history.” JA While its “inclusion…is in and of itself sufficient to earn I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You classic status, Aretha Franklin's Atlantic label debut is an indisputable masterpiece from start to finish.” JA

“Much of the credit is due to producer Jerry Wexler, who finally unleashed the soulful intensity so long kept under wraps during her Columbia tenure; assembling a crack Muscle Shoals backing band along with an abundance of impeccable material, Wexler creates the ideal setting to allow Aretha to ascend to the throne of Queen of Soul” JA as she “finds her voice” BL and “responds with the strongest performances of her career” JA on her way to becoming “the soul diva of her generation.” BL

While the brilliant title track remains the album’s other best-known song, each cut on I Never Loved a Man is touched by greatness.” JA The “overexposure [of ‘Respect’] means that [Aretha’s] powerful versions of Ray Charles’ Drown in My Own Tears and Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, as well as her emotionally delicate performance of Do Right Woman, Do Right Man, are often underappreciated.” TL The latter “was a plea for love and dignity no listener couldn’t be moved by.” BL

The covers, which also include “Sam Cooke's Good Times…are on par with the original recordings, while Aretha's own contributions – Don't Let Me Lose This Dream, Baby, Baby, Baby, Save Me, and Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business) – are perfectly at home in such lofty company. A soul landmark.” JA


Review Source(s):
  • JA Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
  • BL Blender Magazine’s 100 Greatest American Albums (10/08)
  • TL Josh Tyrangiel and Alan Light, Time Magazine’s “All-TIME 100 Albums” (11/13/06)


Last updated November 16, 2010.