Discord & Rhyme: A Music Podcast

Discord and Rhyme is a podcast where we discuss the albums we love, song by song.

006: Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)

“On any given night, when that lady sits down at the piano and gets her body and soul all over some righteous song, she’ll scare the s**t out of you. And you’ll know — you’ll swear — that she’s still the best f**kin’ singer this f**ked-up country has ever produced.”

--Billy Preston

Do we really need to introduce Aretha Franklin? Undisputedly the best soul singer around — perhaps the best singer, period — her string of massive hits and modern classics is longer than some other artists’ entire careers. Her voice is so recognizable now that it’s easy to take for granted, but when she moved to Atlantic Records in 1967 and released I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, she made gospel-style music blare from American radios at a volume then unheard of, and with a confident feminist swagger.

When we recorded this episode, we had absolutely no idea that we were doing it at the end of the Queen of Soul’s reign. We’re all very glad we took the opportunity to delve into her amazing recordings, and we hope we did her justice. The Queen herself may be gone, but she’ll never, ever be forgotten.

Miscellany

  • The excitable dialogue in the introduction is adapted from a November 11, 1967 review of an Aretha performance at New York’s Philharmonic Hall, published in New Musical Express and written by June Harris, who was similarly jazzed up about the Queen of Soul.
  • Amanda slightly misremembered Aretha’s scene in The Blues Brothers (see links below). Although it is worth noting that the most unrealistic part of that scene is that everybody’s hair doesn’t blow straight back as soon as Aretha opens her mouth to sing.
  • In case there’s any confusion about our process: DJ Rich plays clips of the songs from the album while we’re recording so we can discuss them (although he is not always reliable, as you’ve heard). Then Producer Mike inserts better-quality clips while he’s editing the episode, as well as any other music we’ve decided we need to share with you guys.
  • Amanda was working with a new microphone setup and kept bumping into the mic stand. She is sorry and will try to do better on future episodes.
  • Ever wonder why Aretha always had her handbag on stage with her? Back at the beginning of her career, she saw a lot of artists get ripped off - so she collected payment up front and then kept it where she could see it.
  • One of the backup singers is Cissy Houston, who is not only an incredible singer but also Dionne Warwick’s aunt and Whitney Houston’s mother. That was one impressively musical family.
  • Our Spotify playlist for this episode is extra good. We included every song we mentioned during the recording. There are 58 tracks on this playlist, and a surprising number of them are by Led Zeppelin.

Discord & Rhyme Roll Call

  • Phil Maddox (host)
  • Amanda Rodgers (moderator)
  • Rich Bunnell
  • Benjamin Marlin

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You tracklist

  1. Respect
  2. Drown in My Own Tears
  3. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  4. Soul Serenade
  5. Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream
  6. Baby, Baby, Baby
  7. Dr. Feelgood
  8. Good Times
  9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  10. Save Me
  11. A Change Is Gonna Come

Other clips used

Aretha Franklin:

  • Think
  • Chain of Fools
  • You Made Me Love You
  • I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (with George Michael)
  • I Say a Little Prayer
  • Spirit in the Dark

Others:

  • Otis Redding - Respect
  • Ray Charles - Drown in My Own Tears
  • Isaac Hayes - Soulsville
  • King Curtis - Soul Serenade
  • The Coasters - Yakety Yak
  • The Supremes & the Four Tops - Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream
  • Motley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood
  • Cypress Hill - Born to Get Busy
  • Sam Cooke - Good Times
  • Flying Burrito Brothers - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  • Them - Gloria
  • Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come

Songs we mentioned but didn't clip

  • Aretha Franklin - A Rose is Still a Rose
  • LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
  • Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
  • Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Natural Born Lover
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Takin’ Care of Business
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Sam & Dave - When Something is Wrong with My Baby
  • Coolio - Gangsta’s Paradise
  • Stevie Wonder - Pastime Paradise
  • Puff Daddy - Come With Me
  • Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
  • The Coasters - Charlie Brown
  • Boots Randolph - Yakety Sax
  • The Four Tops - So Deep Within You
  • Led Zeppelin - Misty Mountain Hop
  • Marvin Gaye - I Heard it Through the Grapevine
  • The Temptations - Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight
  • Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain
  • AC/DC - Night of the Long Knives
  • Elvis Presley - Kentucky Rain
  • Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
  • Aimee Mann - Save Me
  • Van Morrison - Beside You
  • Richie Havens - Here Comes the Sun
  • Johnny Cash - Hurt
  • Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
  • Aretha Franklin - Freeway of Love
  • Aretha Franklin - Spanish Harlem
  • Aretha Franklin - The House That Jack Built

Band/album personnel

  • Aretha Franklin – piano, vocals
  • Spooner Oldham – keyboards, piano
  • Jimmy Johnson, Chips Moman – guitar
  • Tommy Cogbill – bass guitar
  • Gene Chrisman, Roger Hawkins – drums
  • Melvin Lastie – trumpet
  • Charles Chalmers, King Curtis – tenor saxophone
  • Willie Bridge – baritone saxophone
  • Carolyn Franklin – background vocals
  • Erma Franklin – background vocals
  • Cissy Houston – background vocals

Other links

Credits

“Discord & Rhyme (theme),” composed by the Other Leading Brand, contains elements of:

  • Amon Düül II - Dehypnotized Toothpaste
  • The Dukes of Stratosphear - What in the World?? ...
  • Faith No More - Midlife Crisis
  • Herbie Hancock - Hornets
  • Kraftwerk - Autobahn
  • Talking Heads - Seen and Not Seen
  • Aretha Franklin - Save Me (this episode only)

You can buy or stream I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and other albums by Aretha Franklin at the usual suspects such as Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon. Follow Discord & Rhyme on Twitter @DiscordPod for news, updates, and other random stuff. Follow Rich @zonetrope, Amanda @MagneticInk67, Ben @BenjaminM1019, and Phil @pamaddox. Special thanks to our own Mike DeFabio, the Other Leading Brand, for production and editing. See you next album, and be ever wonderful.