ARETHA FRANKLIN: UNFORGETTABLE: A TRIBUTE TO DINAH
1) Unforgettable; 2) Cold, Cold Heart; 3) What A Diff'rence A Day Made; 4) Drinking Again; 5) Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning; 6) Evil Gal Blues; 7) Don't Say You're Sorry Again; 8) This Bitter Earth; 9) If I Should Lose You; 10) Soulville; 11*) Lee Cross.
First, good song selection. Sentimental ballads are predictable, but only occupy about half of the space; the rest is dedicated to R'n'B and jazz numbers that kicked up a few extra sparks already in Dinah's days — such as her breakthrough single, 'Evil Gal Blues', or her very last record that had some proper swing in it ('Soulville').
Second, to my liking at least, Aretha does most of these songs better justice than Ms.
Oh, there is always something to be said for modesty and restraint, of course — but Dinah
Best of the bunch is a track that did not even appear on the original release and, in fact, has nothing to do with Dinah Washington: 'Lee Cross', a rough, bawdy blues-rocker with shades of gospel, one of those songs that must have originally given the people at Atlantic the right idea about how to deliver Aretha's goods to the people in the proper way. This and 'Evil Gal Blues' are the obvious highlights and a must-have for any decent compilation illustrating Franklin's early years. The rest is a matter of taste, but my taste says there is enough power and spice here to guarantee at least a moderate thumbs up.