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CLASSIC ALBUM SUNDAYS D.C. PRESENTS ARETHA FRANKLIN "LADY SOUL"
Classic Album Sundays Washington DC Presents
Downstairs, All Ages


DOORS: 2:00 PM // SHOW: 2:00 PM

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Classic Album Sundays is the world's most popular listening experience! We kick off 2019 with the Queen of Soul

Sunday January 20, 2019

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Classic Album Sundays is the world’s most popular album listening experience and allows the listener to hear music contextually, communally, uninterrupted, and in great sonic detail. At our worldwide listening sessions, music fans are able to immerse themselves into an album that has helped shape our culture and in some cases, our lives.

We relay the artist and album’s unique story and provide a musical context that gives the listening experience deeper meaning. We share the experience of hearing the album in its entirety, on vinyl, and on a world-class audiophile hi-fi so that fans can experience the music as close as possible to the artist’s original intention. Classic Album Sundays treats the album (and music in general) with the respect it deserves rather than as a free commodity or aural wallpaper. We remind people what they love about music.

For our January 2019 session we celebrate the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and her classic albums "Lady Soul" & "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You"!

Released in January 1968, Lady Soul completed a remarkable 12 months of achievement for Aretha Franklin. Having been signed to Atlantic in 1966 after years in the doldrums at Columbia, her Jerry Wexler-produced albums, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and Aretha Arrives had finally made her the critical and commercial toast of America.

Pieced together from material recorded since the start of 1967 - with the bulk captured at a December session in New York - Lady Soul won a set of remarkable statistical achievements that testify to how widely it cast its net. For example, the album peaked at numbers 1, 2 and 3 on Billboard's Black Album, Pop Album and Jazz Album charts respectively.

It is one of those rare records that truly captures a moment; not just of Franklin’s singing, playing and writing, but of the electrifying support of the FAME studios session players. Guests included Bobby Womack and Eric Clapton, then in his imperial phase with Cream, and the album featured the vocal majesty of Franklin’s sisters, Carolyn and Erma.