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Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul

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Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul

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We gave it a B+

Aretha Franklin is the right one, baby, uh-huh. If you still need proof, watch her sing in The Queen of Soul, a 60-minute documentary, produced for the BBC and later aired on PBS’s ”American Masters” series. You’ll know true passion when you see Franklin, sweat running down her tortured face, moan, ”I ain’t never loved a man the way that I love you.” Her live performances of tunes like ”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and ”Dr. Feelgood” will make you feel the heat, too. The story behind the music couldn’t possibly be as compelling — and it isn’t, losing steam as it goes along, just as Franklin’s career did. But Queen of Soul does show vividly the gospel roots of Franklin’s early music, nurtured in her father’s Baptist church and liberated by the power of lust. B+