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Aretha Franklin - The First 12 Sides Album


1Are You Sure
Written-By – M. Willson
2Sweet Lover
Written-By – J. Leslie McFarland, S. Wyche
3Who Needs You?
Written-By – B. Holiday, J. Burns
4It Ain't Necessarily So
Written-By – I. Gershwin-G. Gershwin
5(Blue) By Myself
Written-By – J. Leslie McFarland, J. Bailey
6Won't Be Long
Written-By – J. Leslie McFarland
7All Night Long
Written-By – C. Lewis
8Love Is The Only Thing
Written-By – J. Leslie McFarland
9Today I Sing The Blues
Written-By – C. Lewis
10Right Now
Written-By – J. Leslie McFarland
11Maybe I'm A Fool
Written-By – J. Leslie McFarland
12Over The Rainbow
Written-By – E. Y. Harburg, H. Arlen


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
CS 8412Aretha Franklin With The Ray Bryant Combo Aretha Franklin With The Ray Bryant Combo - Aretha ‎(LP, Album)ColumbiaCS 8412US1961
7074500Aretha Franklin With The Ray Bryant Combo Aretha Franklin With The Ray Bryant Combo - Aretha ‎(LP, Album, 180)Hoodoo7074500Netherlands2013
COL 471 517 2Aretha Franklin The First 12 Sides - Her First Recordings - A Collector's Item ‎(CD, Album, RE)ColumbiaCOL 471 517 2Europe1989
S 65482Aretha Franklin The Great Aretha Franklin - The First 12 Sides ‎(LP, Album, RE)CBSS 65482Netherlands1973
KC 31953Aretha Franklin Aretha - The First 12 Sides ‎(LP, Album, Promo)ColumbiaKC 31953US1972


  • BassBill Lee (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B4 to B6), Milt Hinton (tracks: A6, B2, B3)
  • DrumsBelton Evans (tracks: A1, A4, B4), Osie Johnson (tracks: A2, A3, B1, B6), Sticks Evans (tracks: A5, A6, B2, B3, B5)
  • GuitarLord Westbrook (tracks: A2, A3, A5 to B6), Skeeter Best (tracks: B1)
  • Liner NotesJohn Hammond
  • Photography By [Cover Photo]Verne Smith
  • PianoAretha Franklin (tracks: A1, A6, B2, B3), Ray Bryant (tracks: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, B4, B5, B6)
  • Saxophone [Tenor]Al Sears (tracks: A5, A6, B2, B3, B5), Warren Luckey (tracks: B4)
  • TromboneQuentin Jackson (tracks: A5, B5), Tyree Glenn (tracks: A2, A3, B1, B6)


Previously released as "Aretha" (CS 8412)

Promo copies have stamped on back cover: "Demonstration record-Not for sale" and also a sticker on vinyl label, side A: "Promotional records for broadcast & review. Not for sale".

On back cover: "Ⓒ 1972 CBS, Inc./Ⓟ 19672 CBS, Inc./Manufactured by Columbia Records/CBS, Inc."


  • Pressing Plant ID (Sides A & B, hand-etched): IT
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Vinyl label, side A): AL 31953
  • Matrix / Runout (Vinyl label, side B): BL 31953
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 1 runout A, stamped): P AL-31953-1D
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 1 runout B, stamped): P BL-31953-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 2 runout A, stamped): P AL-31953-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 2 runout B, stamped): P BL-31953-1A


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
  • Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
  • Manufactured By – Columbia
  • Manufactured By – CBS Inc.

Aretha Franklin - The First 12 Sides Album

Performer: Aretha Franklin

Title: The First 12 Sides

Country: US

Release date: 1972

Label: Columbia

Style: Rhythm & Blues

Catalog: KC 31953

Genre: Soul & Funk

Size MP3: 2790 mb

Size FLAC: 1396 mb

Rating: 4.3 / 5

Votes: 057

Record source: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Reissue

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