(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
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Add Genre. Add Styles. Add Moods. Add Themes. Though the ubiquitous Aretha Franklin version is the best-known -- spurred on by its prominent place on oldies radio, television advertisements, and soundtracks, like the one to the baby-boomer film The Big Chill -- Carole King's own version Time Travellers (Main Club 12 Mix) - Various - Cowboy Records - The Album Volume 1 her song " You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman" is arguably more interesting and rewarding.
Clearly the Queen of Soul has full command Vestapol - Various - Contemporary Guitar Sampler Vol 2 the song as usual, but perhaps this is the point; King's Tapestry recording is a vulnerable little performance -- intimate, with just piano, a little bass, and some well-placed backing vocals for accompaniment.
The Franklin single -- from Lady Soul -- is certainly tasteful and affecting, though it is a bit bombastic.
Oddly, the version by the white woman from Brooklyn may possibly have more "soul" than the church-trained Queen's hit recording. Of course, this depends on your definition of the word "soul. Heck, even Paul McCartney is, and Lennon would have probably been the first to agree. Now, no one begrudges Franklin her throne as supreme soul sister number one. Her (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul is a living, breathing, classic piece of pop-soul. Like many of her mid- to late-'60s recordings, it is based around a gospel piano part.
Jerry Wexler who also gets a writing credit allows Franklin's gospel approach to lead the track, but assures its pop success with some pizzicato strings and warm brass accents. Franklin sings it perfectly, with a lovely sense of the building arrangement, and the (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul Inspirations provide stellar backing vocals.
But the arrangement gets a bit intrusive, especially near the end when the brass, in particular, nearly steps in the way of Franklin's ad-libs. However, the immortal Penia - SBB - Anthology 1974-2004 is near-perfect, even if a Men And Women - Uncle Bonsai - Myn Ynd Wymyn safe by Franklin standards; the singer does not let it loose until well after the song's bridge, and then, not even really until the final line as the song fades out.
In fact, she sings the song fairly straight, more or less on the beat most of the time. King, though, strips the song -- which she wrote with her partner and husband, Gerry Goffin -- bare, down to her own limited vocals and piano.
She also slows it down to a tempo worthy of Ray Charles, giving it an even more pronounced gospel feel. King's austere recording is the definition of intimacy; as listeners, we feel like we are in a room with her late at night for a spontaneous and sensitive reading of the song. The production is minimal, with very little if any studio reverb or compression on her vocals. The dynamics feel like a live performance. King's voice is the thing here, to be sure.
It is a fragile instrument, expressive in its own fashion, wholly separate from that of Franklin, and in no way does she try to compare or compete with that latter well-known performance.
Arguably, though, this version is necessarily conscious of Franklin's recording, and is therefore colored by that context and judged in light of it; the performance's effectiveness comes in part from its more studied, unhurried pace, viewed thusly as a reaction -- intended or not -- to Franklin's recording.
She drags out the "you" on each line, an aching phrase that gives the song a palpable sense of melancholy. There is, as Stevie Wonder would later sing, a joy inside her tears. King makes the song truly sound like her own, uncovering another layer of emotion. We do get the message from both recordings -- that the narrator is a strong woman, a woman strong enough to admit her human weaknesses and need for support.
So Tapestry was the album in which it came together. Tapestry was really a collection of songs that I was doing demos of. King the writer was becoming King the performer, seemingly baring her soul in the process. But lest we are tempted to confuse the singer with the songwriter, King reminds us that Goffin wrote many of the songs' lyrics. I just didn't think about it. Commenting in his seminal examination of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul soul music, Sweet Soul Music, Peter Guralnick said that the song contained a "typically submissive '60s-style 'female' lyric," though one that, in Franklin's hands, could "become an anthem of emerging consciousness.
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