Aretha Franklin: One Step Ahead
From 7″ (Columbia, 1964?)
I know this is supposed to go on Soul Sights but it deserves more shine.
Here’s the thing you have to understand: this is one of Aretha’s rarest sides on Columbia (where she was, more or less unsuccessfully, before Atlantic signed her and nurtured her into soul’s greatest female icon). Let’s put it this way: I’m a huge Aretha fan, I love her Columbia years and I love this song in particular…and I don’t even have a copy of the 45. It doesn’t even appear on an LP – besides a greatest hits comp which is how much folks come by it.
Yet, amazingly, there’s actual footage of her performing this song. Seriously, my mind is so blown right now.
(And yes kiddies, we know, this is where “Ms. Fat Booty” came from).