Aretha Franklin with The Ray Bryant Combo - AudioSoundMusic
Aretha Franklin with The Ray Bryant Combo - AudioSoundMusic
Aretha Franklin with The Ray Bryant Combo - AudioSoundMusic
Aretha Franklin with The Ray Bryant Combo - AudioSoundMusic

Aretha Franklin with The Ray Bryant Combo

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Aretha Franklin (vocals, piano) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Aretha Franklin]

Quentin Jackson (trombone)

Tyree Glenn (trombone)

Al Sears (tenor saxophone), 

Ray Bryant (piano) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Ray Bryant]

Lord Westbrook (guitar)

Skeeter Best (guitar)

Milt Hinton (bass) [Click here to see more vinyl featuring Milt Hinton]

Bill Lee (bass)

Belton Evans (drums)

Sticks Evans (drums)

Osie Johnson (drums)

Written by J. Leslie McFarland (A1, A3, A4, B1, B3, B5), E. Y. Harburg (A2), H. Arlen (A2), S. Wyche (A4), C. Lewis (A5), B. Holiday (A6), J. Burns (A6), M. Willson (B2), I. Gershwin & G. Gershwin (B2), J. Bailey (B5), C. Lewis (B6)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded in New-York, 1960-61

Originally released in 1961

Reissued : June 2017


Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Won't Be Long
  2. Over The Rainbow
  3. Love Is The Only Thing
  4. Sweet Lover
  5. All Night Long
  6. Who Needs You?

Side B :

  1. Right Now
  2. Are You Sure
  3. Maybe I'm A Fool
  4. It Ain't Necessarily So
  5. (Blue) By Myself
  6. Today I Sing The Blues


Reviews :

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.


Ratings :

Discogs : 4,28 / 5  ,  Rate Your Music : 3,49 / 5

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