Aretha Franklin is one of the most successful music artists of all-time. She’s a legend. For some of today’s biggest pop stars, having Franklin cover their tracks would be a dream come true. Well Adele recently received this honor.
Franklin’s latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, features the multi-Grammy winning singer covering songs made by iconic female singers throughout the ages. She covers everyone from Barbra Streisand to The Supremes.
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics also tackles varying musical genres and eras; R&B, power ballads, and Motown classics are all covered by Franklin. The album has something for everyone. Of course, Franklin doesn’t just give the fans the boring same renditions of these songs, but adds her own unique flavor and flare.
With a career spanning 50 plus years, Franklin knows a thing or two about reinvention. She definitely does this with her cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep.’
The cover makes sure Franklin gets to exhibit her vocal power by hitting new high notes not originally in the song. To add something even more special to it, the end of it includes a bit of sampling from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’
Franklin’s longtime collaboration partner Clive Davis spoke to Billboard in September about the album. He shared these details, “She’s on fire and vocally in absolutely peak form.” Davis elaborated by saying, “What a thrill to see this peerless artist still showing the way, still sending shivers up your spine, still demonstrating that all contemporary music needs right now is the voice. What a voice.” The new recording is purely and simply sensational.”
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics hits stores on October 21.
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics track list
1. “At Last” (Etta James cover)
2. “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele cover)
3. “Midnight Train To Georgia” (Gladys Knight and the Pips cover)
4. “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor cover)
5. “People” (Barbra Streisand cover)
6. “No One” (Alicia Keys cover)
7. “I’m Every Woman” (Chaka Khan cover) / “Respect”
8. “Teach Me Tonight” (Dinah Washington cover)
9. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Supremes cover)
10. “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinéad O’Connor cover)