Songs of Faith is the debut studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released in 1956 by J.V.B./Battle Records. The album was recorded live when Franklin was aged 14 at New Bethel Baptist Church, the church of her father Reverend C. L. Franklin.
The album was originally issued on JVB LP 100 and Battle LP 6105. It is always known on Checker Records as Checker LPS-10009. Songs of Faith has been reissued many times under various names. It is known also as The Gospel Soul of Aretha Franklin, Aretha’s Gospel, Precious Lord, You Grow Closer, Never Grow Old, and The First Album. (by wikipedia)
Aretha Franklin’s birthplace, 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
One of the key voices in the R&B world, Aretha Franklin has enjoyed a six decade reign as the Queen of Soul. Her hits include some of the most iconic songs of the era, including such classics as Respect, Until You Come Back To Me and Think. Like many of her peers, Arethas career began in the church, and it is this period of her career that is the subject of this album. With the aid of local Detroit record label JVB, primitive and basic recording equipment was installed into the New Bethel Baptist Church where her father was minister. Nine tracks were recorded, featuring Aretha on vocals and piano accompaniment, with others in the congregation offering words of encouragement during the course of the recording. The historical and captivating performance is featured here in all its glory.
Taped live when the singer was 14, the noise of the congregation clearly audible over her voice and piano, Aretha Franklin’s debut album, Songs of Faith, remains a genuinely haunting, faintly eerie doc. ument of at least one side of life in her father’s New Bethel Baptist church. (by theguardian.com)
Listen … and you´ll know and understand, why Aretha Franklin was one of the finest singers in her time.
Beautiful gospel singing and piano from this 14-year-old superstar. (by Opal Nations)
Aretha Franklin with choreographer Cholly Atkins
Aretha Franklin (vocals, piano)
unknown background choir
01. There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood (Cowper) 4.26
02. Precious Lord (Part One) (Dorsey) 3.23
03. Precious Lord (Part Two) (Dorsey) 2.51
04. You Grow Closer (Traditional) 2.43
05. Never Grow Old (Traditional) 2.55
06. The Day Is Past And Gone (Traditional) 4.57
07. He Will Wash You White As Snow (Traditional) 4.18
08. While The Blood Runs Warm (Traditional) 3.03
09. Yield Not To Temptation (Traditional) 2.56