(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone
Label: Rhino Atlantic
This is Aretha at the peak of her powers, with seminal hits like "Chain of Fools" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." She renders excellent interpretations of The Impressions' "People Get Ready" and the Young Rascals' "Groovin," blows through the brilliant torch ballad "Ain't No Way," and playfully drops some slang on the goofy "Niki Hoeky," a popcorn soul groover about an "ol' booga boo" she digs on the "scooby doo." An Eric Clapton solo near the end of "Good to Me as I Am to You" is the cherry on top of a near-flawless suite of classic Southern soul.