I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You is the twelfth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on March 10, 1967 by Atlantic Records, It went to number 2 on the Billboard album chart and number 1 on the magazine's Black Albums chart. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1967. It received a number 83 ranking on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and inclusion in both the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005) and 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (2008). The album included two top-10 singles: "Respect" was a #1 single on Billboard'Hot 100 Pop singles chart, and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" peaked at number 9.


 [hide*1 Reception


In 1967, Rolling Stone chided the album for "the lack of versatility on the part of the sidemen. The drums weren't hard enough, the guitar was weak, and the production lacked polish."[3] In 2002, though, they placed the album at #1 on their "Women in Rock: 50 Essential Albums" list. In 2003, the album was ranked #83 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Q magazine (1/03, p. 54) included the album in their list of the "100 Greatest Albums Ever". Q (7/93, p. 106) also gave the album 4 stars and said "...[the album] came out in May 1967 and was number 2 in America within weeks... now it stands untainted by time. She seemed so much a force of nature it's strange to recall that this was actually her tenth album..."

Track Listing[edit]Edit

Side one
  1. "Respect" (Otis Redding) – 2:29
  2. "Drown in My Own Tears" (Henry Glover) – 4:07
  3. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (Ronnie Shannon) – 2:51
  4. "Soul Serenade" (Curtis OusleyLuther Dixon) – 2:39
  5. "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 2:23
  6. "Baby, Baby, Baby" (Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin) – 2:54
Side two
  1. "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 3:23
  2. "Good Times" (Sam Cooke) – 2:10
  3. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (Dan PennChips Moman) – 3:16
  4. "Save Me" (Curtis Ousley, Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin) – 2:21
  5. "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) – 4:20
1995 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Respect" (stereo version) – 2:28
  2. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (stereo version) – 2:47
  3. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (stereo version) – 3:14



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