Label: Rhino Atlantic
"They say it's a man's world, but you can't prove that by me," sings Aretha Franklin on "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," a tart answer to James Brown's then-current hit "It's A Man's Man's Man's World." The once and future queen of soul then turns Otis Redding's "Respect" into a proto-feminist anthem, rhapsodizes her "Dr. Feelgood," and closes with "A Change Is Gonna Come," a tribute to her mentor Sam Cooke. Recorded with the famed Muscle Shoals Studios musicians and producer Jerry Wexler, I Never Loved a Man hums with Southern blues and gospel. It's the sound of history being made.