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Aretha Franklin Soars on Previously Unreleased Song “My Kind of Town (Detroit Is)”

Aretha Franklin Soars on Previously Unreleased Song “My Kind of Town (Detroit Is)”

Source: Rhino

The song is featured on a colossal upcoming collection of the late singer’s work, including 19 unheard demos and alternate takes.

A towering career retrospective on the late Aretha Franklin‘s work is on the way.

According to The Detroit News, Rhino is issuing an 81-song collection from the late Queen of Soul’s catalog in a 4xCD set, including rare live performances, alternate takes and demos. Simply and aptly titled Aretha, the box-set spans the entirety of Franklin’s career, featuring songs from 1955 through 2015. Rhino will also be offering an abbreviated version of the set in a double-LP vinyl package. The full set will retail for $59.98, while the latter will be sold for $31.98. Both versions are set to arrive on November 20th.

Ahead of the collection’s release, a morsel of previously unheard material has been unveiled with the drop of Franklin’s home demo recording of “My Kind of Town (Detroit Is).” On the brief and jazz-laced rough-cut, Franklin swells over a reworked Frank Sinatra standard, claiming the track as entirely her own.

Hear Aretha Franklin soar on the previously unreleased song, “My Kind of Town (Detroit Is),” above. Scroll on for the Aretha box-set’s full tracklist and hold tight for the collection’s unveiling.

Aretha Tracklist:

Disc One

1. “Never Grow Old”
2. “You Grow Closer”
3. “Today I Sing The Blues”
4. “Won’t Be Long”
5. “Are You Sure”
6. “Operation Heartbreak”
7. “Skylark”
8. “Runnin’ Out Of Fools”
9. “One Step Ahead”
10. “(No, No) I’m Losing You”
11. “Cry Like A Baby”
12. “A Little Bit Of Soul”
13. “My Kind Of Town (Detroit Is)” – Demo *
14. “Try A Little Tenderness” – Demo *
15. “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”
16. “Do Right Woman – Do Right Man”
17. “Respect”
18. “A Change Is Gonna Come”
19. “Chain Of Fools” – Alternate Version
20. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – UK Single Version
21. “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone”
22. “Ain’t No Way”
23. “My Song”
24. “You Send Me”
25. “The House That Jack Built”
26. “Tracks Of My Tears”

Disc Two

1. “Baby I Love You” – Live
2. “Son Of A Preacher Man”
3. “Call Me” – Alternate Version *
4. “Let It Be”
5. “Young, Gifted And Black” – Alternate Longer Take *
6. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Long Version
7. “It’s Not Unusual/See Saw” – with Tom Jones *(Originally Broadcast On This Is Tom Jones, October, 9, 1970)
8. “You’re All I Need To Get By” – Work Tape *
9. “Brand New Me” – Work Tape *
10. “Spanish Harlem” – Alternate Mix *
11. “Rock Steady” – Alternate Mix/Take
12. “Day Dreaming”
13. “Share Your Love With Me” – Live
14. “Don’t Play That Song” – Live
15. “Dr. Feelgood” – Live
16. “Spirit In The Dark” (Reprise with Ray Charles) – Live
17. “How I Got Over” (Single Edit) – Live
18. “Master Of Eyes (The Deepness Of Your Eyes)”

Disc Three

1. “Somewhere” – Alternate Version *
2. “Angel” – Work Tape *
3. “The Boy From Bombay” *
4. “Til It’s Over” – Demo *
5. “Oh Baby” (a.k.a. “There’s Something Magic About You”) – Demo *
6. “Until You Come Back To Me” – Work Tape *
7. “I’m In Love” – Alternate Vocal
8. “Without Love”
9. “Mr. D.J. (5 For The D.J.)”
10. “You”
11. “Something He Can Feel”
12. “Look Into Your Heart”
13. “Break It To Me Gently”
14. “When I Think About You”
15. “Almighty Fire (Woman Of The Future)”
16. “Ladies Only” – Short Version
17. “You Light Up My Life” *
18. “Ooo Baby Baby” – with Smokey Robinson *(Originally Broadcast On Soul Train, December 1, 1979)
19. “Amazing Grace” (Originally Broadcast On Royal Variety Performance, November 23, 1980)

Disc Four

1. “Think”
2. “I Say A Little Prayer” – with Dionne Warwick *
3. “United Together”
4. “Jump To It”
5. “The Wind”
6. “Freeway Of Love”
7. “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” – Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin
8. “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin and George Michael
9. “Oh Happy Day” – with Mavis Staples (Live at New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, MI – July 1987)
10. “A Rose Is Still A Rose”
11. “Someday We’ll All Be Free”
12. “The Makings Of You”
13. “Nessun Dorma” – Live
14. “At Last” – with Lou Rawls *(Originally Broadcast On American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love And Soul, March 2003)
15. “You’ve Got A Friend” – Ronald Isley featuring Aretha Franklin
16. “Rolling In The Deep” – The Aretha Version
17. “My Country ’Tis Of Thee”
18. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” – Live *(Originally Broadcast On The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, December 19. 2015)

*Previously unreleased

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