The Queen Of Soul  (Rhino/Atlantic)
by Aretha Franklin

FOR FANS OF: The Caravans, Mahalia Jackson, Whitney Houston
Rating: 4 Stars

At 87 songs with remastered sound quality, there’s simply no way a soul, R&B or gospel devotee could pass up this extensive four-disc Aretha Franklin compilation. No major stone is left unturned from her 1967-1976 Atlantic Records tenure, as the preacher’s daughter-turned-secular-standout shines on a series of hits, inspirational tunes and lesser-known rarities that make a pretty convincing case this Queen’s reign will last forever.
– Andy Argyrakis

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Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, and He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).

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