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Title - 'Knew You Were Waiting: Best of Aretha Franklin'
Artist - Aretha Franklin

Sure there have been many a compliation from the Queen of Soul, but this new one, 'Knew You Were Waiting: The Best Of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998' is the first comprehensive overview of her productive and fulfilling association with Clive Davis and Arista Records.

As we all know, Aretha Franklin is an icon of American popular music and one of the most influential recording artists of the 20th century. With the collection including shorter single/45 versions, some are even promo DJ edits, it begins with both 'United Together' and 'Love All The Hurt Away,' together with George Benson.

The original compilation, released in 1994 as The Greatest Hits 1980-1994, isn't as full as this one, and continues on with 'Jump To It,' 'Get It Right,' the forceful 'Freeway of Love' and the new classic 'Who's Zoomin' Who?' This near-complete set carries on with 'Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves' (with the Eurythmics), 'Another Night,' and 'Jumping Jack Flash' (with Keith Richards and from the 1986 soundtrack of the same name).

A wonderful 'Jimmy Lee' is next before the song that won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Duo back in 1987 - the duet with George Michael, 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).' Another trio of duets are next with 'Through The Storm' (with Elton John), 'It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be' (with Whitney Houston), and 'Ever Changing Times' (with Michael McDonald).

Aretha Franklin's pipes blow away most of the female singers out there today and she brings the album to a close with both 'Willing To Forgive' and the tender 'A Rose Is Still A Rose.' And sure, there are some weird ones missing from the set - 'Chain of Fools,' 'Respect' and 'Think' - but you can't have it all ... can you?!