Sunday, 20 December 2015

Day 20 - Joy to the World - Aretha Franklin

'Joy to the World' is an English hymn by  Isaac Watts, based on the second half of Psalm 98 and first published in 1719; Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul and could pretty much sing the Highway Code and make it sound good. The result is incendiary. A fast Gospel tinged tour-de-force to make your hair stand on end.

There's a live version available from a Rockefeller Centre concert but Aretha seems to be lip-syncing through it so I prefer the recorded version here. Either are worth checking out regardless.





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