Aretha Franklin – Songs Of Faith (1956)

LPFrontCover1Songs 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)

Franklin's birthplace

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

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




Levitt & McClure – Living In The Country (1969)

FrontCover1.jpgDan Levitt (a later guitarist of The Beau Brummels) and Marc McClure (of Joyous Noise) worked hand in glove and released this distinguished folk & country rock album in 1969.
Produced by Ron Elliott who also contributed a couple of songs to the album.

Dan Levitt and Marc McClure were a bluegrassy duo from Encino, California who got on the radar of producer Ron Elliott, who was in the thick of the LA music scene. This album, which was recorded in August, 1969, is mostly original material, including a few songs written or co-written by producer Ron Elliott, as well as some covers of folkie stuff from Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Marc McClure also recorded a solo album for Capitol a few years later.

And here the original liner-notes:


Guitarist Mark McClure and bassist Dan Levitt (who also sang some vocal harmonies) had done an obscure album of their own for Warner Brothers in 1969 as Levitt & McClure, Living in the Country, on which Elliott produced and wrote a few songs. (by Ritchie Unterberger)

One of the best albums I have experienced in my 68 years. First heard it in 1969 on “Jelly Pudding” (WEBN-FM) in Cincinnati when I was a college student at Miami U. Bought the LP right away. What a masterpiece this is. Wonderful listening to this day. An unknown classic. (by Bob Keesecker)

This album sounds like songs from a forgotten and lost paradise …


Dan Levitt (guitar, banjo, vocals)
Marc McClure (guitar, vocals)


01. With You (Levitt*/McClure) 1.59
02. Wilderness Of You (Levitt) 3.10
03. Spiteful Love (McClure) 3.30
04. Paradise (Engle/Elliott) 4.40
05. Reflections (Levitt) 2.46
06. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Dylan) 3.22
07. Living In The Country (Seeger) 2.41
08. Ginny Black (Levitt/McClure) 3.22
09. Cripple Creek (Levitt/McClure) 3.36
10. Empty Boxes (Elliott) 2.43
11. Farewell To Sally Brown (Downey/Elliott) 6.53




Walter Wanderley – Feito Sob Medida (1959)

FrontCover1.jpgWalter Wanderley was a talented and gifted organist with an acute ear for new harmonies. With 46 recorded solo albums in his entire career, both in Brazil and the U.S., he reached number 26 on the Billboard pop charts in September 1966, opening a large pathway of success only menaced by himself and his complex character. Ten years after his death from cancer, with a new fad coming, he was repackaged by the entertainment industry as a mere lounge player, carrying his record sales even further and sending the cost of his out-of-print albums to the stratosphere, but all at the cost of minimizing his significance. It is forgotten that the time lag worked against him and what today is lounge music was then innovative and revolutionary. With all those fans of samba-canção divas feeling personally insulted by those percussive rhythms reminiscent of a Brazilian black tradition that was not dear to the average Brazilian, it has to be stressed that the bossa nova movement, and Wanderley within it, had the role of affirming Brazilian identity in a broader cultural industry which was developed out of the folkloric redoubts. In fact, he also has an upbeat production full of that energy provided by his distinctive staccato Walter Wanderley01.jpgstuttering style, immediately reminiscent of authentic Brazilian rhythmic and percussive impetus. He also improvised extended melodic solos without reheated licks, but that was obviously also left out of his most popular albums.

At five, he was already playing the piano. At 12, he attended the Licee of Arts for a year of theory classes, later studying harmony and arranging. Beginning his professional career while still in Recife, a most lively city with a vibrant cultural life, he worked every night either at the piano or at the organ. At 26, in 1958, he moved to São Paulo and immediately became an active player in nightclubs such as the Claridge, the Captain’s Bar, and Oásis. Wanderley’s first recording was in August 1959 for Odeon, with Carlos Lyra’s “Lobo Bobo.” Backing his wife, Brazilian singer Isaurinha Garcia (with whom he had a daughter, Monica), he recorded for the second time one month later. At that time, he was Garcia’s accompanist and arranger. (by Alvaro Neder)

And here´s a pretty fine example of his gifted talent … a great mix between jazz and easy listening …

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Walter Wanderley (organ)
a bunch of unknown studio musicians


01. Este Seu Olhar (Jobim) 2.21
02. Lamento (Ferrcira/Antonio) 3.12
03. Lobo Bobo (Lyra/Boscoli) 1.58
04. Siete Notas de Amor (Alvarado) 1.59
05. El Reloj (Cantoral) 2.42
06. Hô-Bá-Lá-Lá (Gilberto) 2.47
07. The Diary (Sedeka/Greenfield) 2.29
08. Stupid Cupid (Sedeka/Greenfield) 2.21
09. My Heart Sings (Ma Mie) (Rome/Jamplan/Herpin) 2.04
10. Adios (Madriguera) 2.40
11. Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Farres) 2.28
12. Perfidia (Dominquez) 2.26