This cute thing appeared in my mailbox yesterday.
I didn't order it, and for the life of me I can't figure out who did. It didn't come with a note or anything. Sooo... if you're reading this and you sent it please let me know. I love it and I want to thank you. :)
You guys are in trouble now that I've got this iPod. Music suggestions will be coming out of the wazoo around here. Alright, I'll try to control myself. But I have to tell you about this one.
Aretha Franklin's Rare and Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul. I'm all over Aretha, my desert island artist. I've read her autobiography, and I know a lot, a whole lot, of her music, particularly her older stuff. It's a happy occasion to discover music from her classic era that I haven't heard. Many of these B-sides, demos, and outtakes are so stirring and perfect that they could have been major releases. I mean, these are her lesser efforts? It's no wonder she's been so successful. If back-in-the-day Aretha means anything to you, get this disc.