Her wedding may be on hold, but Aretha Franklin’s career hasn’t been, even long past her original ’60s heyday as the Queen of Soul. She was big in the ’80s, too, for one thing, as shown on this superb 16-song collection, Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998, due Tuesday from Arista/Legacy.
I mean, hearing her buoyant and bouncy Freeway of Love and Who’s Zoomin’ Who makes me want to don a headband again and start aerobicizing to the music, as I did in the day. And it doesn’t rock much better than Aretha’s duet with the Eurythmics for Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves, one of seven collaborations on this disc. Besides, female empowerment anthems always give me a kick. (more…)