Oh Me, Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly 1972
Label: Rhino Atlantic
This recording of Franklin's performance at a National Association of Radio and Television Announcers event in Philly showcases her vast and varied gifts. She pulls a soulfulness out of her piano-playing that almost rivals her vocal skill. She whips through her hits and classics at lightning speed without sacrificing the tiniest bit of nuance or vocal dexterity. And then, starting with her cover of Nina Simone's "Young, Gifted and Black," she finally slows things down, stretching and shaping the last five songs into funk-fortified soul symphonies across which her voice luxuriates.