Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

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Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

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#2 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:40 am

Fuck TMZ, they're a garbage parasitic shit show.

Report from late yesterday:

Aretha Franklin is surrounded by her loved ones and resting at home, a member of the iconic singer’s family tells PEOPLE.

“She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people,” Franklin’s nephew Tim Franklin tells PEOPLE following the news of the 76-year-old star’s illness Monday.

“Family is there with her,” he said. “She’s home.”

“I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour. My brother was there on Saturday and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking,” Tim continued. “She’s watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this ‘Aretha’s dead,’ so I don’t want to dampen her spirits on that.”

A friend of the artist has confirmed to PEOPLE that the singer has “been ill for a long time” and her loved ones have been warned her “death is imminent.”

However, her family is choosing to remain hopeful. Tim tells PEOPLE that while the singer “is sick,” her family is “trying to keep her spirits up and go from there.”

“We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing,” he added.

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#3 Post by Werewolf by Night » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:14 pm

“I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour. My brother was there on Saturday and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking,” Tim continued. “She’s watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this ‘Aretha’s dead,’ so I don’t want to dampen her spirits on that.”
For someone who has strived for decades to keep her private life private, she is probably furious about all of this doomsaying and will recover just to spite every friend and family member who spoke publicly about her health.

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#5 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:10 am

This excellent longform piece in the New Yorker in 2016 wasn't intended as an obituary at the time, of course, but makes for essential reading today

I didn't realize she hadn't flown to perform for over 30 years because of anxiety, I always associate Aretha Franklin with that Aretha in Paris album cover for whatever reason.

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#6 Post by bearcuborg » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:17 pm

Live at the Filmore, for me, is my favorite. She’s quite excited with Ray Charles plays. Of course the Atlantic stuff is the best.

Her description of the Blues Brothers in the first movie is always greeted with huge laughs when I’ve seen it live.

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#7 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:44 pm

There's really no one in pop music with a command and voice that lives up to the description of "a force of nature." Every LP and 45 she recorded for Atlantic between 1967 and 1972 is worth having - a tremendous run of work.

I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You and Lady Soul are both essential to everyone. Aretha Now, Spirit In The Dark, Young, Gifted And Black, Amazing Grace, all masterpieces.

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#8 Post by Rayon Vert » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:26 pm

bearcuborg wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:17 pm
Live at the Filmore, for me, is my favorite. She’s quite excited with Ray Charles plays. Of course the Atlantic stuff is the best.

Her description of the Blues Brothers in the first movie is always greeted with huge laughs when I’ve seen it live.
Her remake of "Think" in that film also beats the original.

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#9 Post by zedz » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:52 pm

hearthesilence wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:44 pm
There's really no one in pop music with a command and voice that lives up to the description of "a force of nature." Every LP and 45 she recorded for Atlantic between 1967 and 1972 is worth having - a tremendous run of work.

I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You and Lady Soul are both essential to everyone. Aretha Now, Spirit In The Dark, Young, Gifted And Black, Amazing Grace, all masterpieces.
Agreed. That's one of the golden runs of soul and pop music, and way more diverse than a passing familiarity with the hits would lead you to believe. No self-respecting music collection is complete without at least a hits compilation from that era.

I only saw Aretha Franklin live once, in the early 90s, and didn't know exactly what to expect: How would she sound on that 60s stuff? Would the set be mostly her recent, generally mediocre work? It turned out she was sensational, and so was the setlist. There was only one song from outside the golden Atlantic period (the inevitable "Freeway of Love" - which is pleasant enough, but sounded extremely lightweight in the hallowed company of the rest of the set), and she covered just about every major hit from that era, plus some less obvious ones ('Angel', 'The Weight', 'Spirit in the Dark') and some deep-dish album cuts (a heady 'You Send Me'). The band was top notch, and faithful to those excellent original arrangements. Her voice was as good as it had ever been and she was still 100% invested in everything she sang. An amazing concert.

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#13 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:22 pm

I'm glad it brings him some sort of enjoyment, but man oh man is he awful at drawing/painting

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#14 Post by domino harvey » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:33 pm

After the Emma Stone thing, I'm not sure there's anything Jim Carrey can do that could possibly be cringier, but he sure gives it the good ol' college try with his art

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#15 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:44 pm

Aretha Franklin's 20 Essential Songs from the New York Times

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#17 Post by hearthesilence » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:07 pm

For anyone looking for latter day work outside of Who's Zoomin' Who (which some critics like Robert Christgau quite like), Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot recommended this one:

“One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism” (1987): Another gospel masterpiece that is easily the most intense and heartfelt set of performances from Franklin’s final three decades, even if slightly marred by some windy speeches and introductions.

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#18 Post by zedz » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:26 pm

hearthesilence wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:07 pm
For anyone looking for latter day work outside of Who's Zoomin' Who (which some critics like Robert Christgau quite like), Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot recommended this one:

“One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism” (1987): Another gospel masterpiece that is easily the most intense and heartfelt set of performances from Franklin’s final three decades, even if slightly marred by some windy speeches and introductions.
That's the only latter-day album I listen to much. It's basically Amazing Grace 2, with Mavis Staples along for the ride.

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#19 Post by fiddlesticks » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:36 pm

Rayon Vert wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:26 pm
bearcuborg wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:17 pm
Live at the Filmore, for me, is my favorite. She’s quite excited with Ray Charles plays. Of course the Atlantic stuff is the best.

Her description of the Blues Brothers in the first movie is always greeted with huge laughs when I’ve seen it live.
Her remake of "Think" in that film also beats the original.
Which she plays opposite Matt "Guitar" Murphy, who died just two months ago.


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#23 Post by domino harvey » Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:02 am

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#24 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:36 am

Well if Ashanti had got ill, what would Ja Rule have done?

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