My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: I Never Loved a Man… was recorded at Fame and Atlantic studios in January and February of 1967 and was released in March of the same year.
*This album is also out of order, because it was not included in a list I sometimes use when I don’t have the book handy.
What I think: This album starts with one of the best singles of all time, written by one of my favorite artists of all time (Otis Redding, whose version is also wonderful), that song is of course “Respect”. I was really excited to hear the rest of the album which promised a great bunch of Memphis Soul. Unfortunately, I just didn’t dig it. The whole thing just sounds really flat to me. I don’t know if it is over rehearsed, but it just doesn’t have that exciting looseness or excitement I was expecting. I didn’t really even enjoy her cover of “A Change Is Gonna Come”, which seems almost seems impossible to me. I think the “Lady Soul” album is a much better example of what I’m trying to explain than this. It’s a shame, there was so much potential here, but maybe that potential sets expectations too high.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This should be here almost exclusively on the merits of “Respect”, but this is the book about albums, not about songs so It’s gotta go.
Rating (Out of 5): 2.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (105/131)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 81%