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Joe Turner/LaVern Baker/The Clovers/The Coasters/The Drifters/Chuck Willis: Greatest Recordings

Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, 3 February 1972

IN 1967, ARETHA Franklin moved from Columbia to Atlantic – in what soon proved to be one of the most important moments in the history of the American record business. "You guys don't know what you're doing," said Atlantic, "watch, we'll show you." At the time, the challenge didn't mean much to people outside the business, most of whom had hardly heard of Aretha Franklin, and certainly had never listened to her. But a week's studio time was booked at Rick Hall's studio in Muscle Shoals and Aretha flew down to cut a new kind of record for Atlantic.

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