Aretha Franklin – Silent Night – New Solo Piano Version Out Today

Artist Name
Aretha Franklin
Release Date


Stunning New Mix Of "Silent Night" Features The Queen Of Soul's
Isolated Vocals Accompanied With Piano, Available Now As A Digital Single


2008 Holiday Album This Christmas
To Be Issued On Vinyl For The First Time On November 16

Six-LP Atlantic Records 1960's Collection, Featuring Franklin's
First Five Albums From Atlantic Records, Available On December 7

LOS ANGELES - The world lost one of the most important, influential, and iconic voices of all time this summer when Aretha Franklin passed away. To celebrate this legendary artist's irreplaceable musical legacy, Rhino is readying a trio of releases honoring he Queen Of Soul.

Available today as a digital single is the "Solo Piano Version" of "Silent Night," a new mix of the holiday classic that was originally included on Franklin's 2008 holiday album This Christmas. This stunning new version features Franklin on piano, accompanied only by her unparalleled voice. "Silent Night" (Solo Piano Version) is available now on all digital download and streaming services.
"I was thrilled when Aretha called me to produce her long awaited Christmas record. It had been a dream of hers for decades," says album producer Tena Clark. "Her beautiful spirit is radiant throughout the record and this new mix of 'Silent Night' showcases what an incomparable force she truly was, both on vocals and piano. There has and never will be a voice like the Queen of Soul."
On November 16, the aforementioned Franklin holiday album This Christmas will also be released on vinyl for the first time for $21.98. The nine-track album, pared down from original length to fit on LP, features the Queen Of Soul's distinctive take on holiday standards such as "Angels We Have Heard On High" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" along with some newer yuletide tunes like "This Christmas" and "My Grown-Up Christmas List."

December 7 will see the release of the Atlantic Records 1960's Collection, a six-LP boxed set that includes her first five studio albums with Atlantic, plus an LP with 11 demos and outtakes that are making their vinyl debut. Limited to 5,000 copies, the set features each album pressed on 140-gram vinyl and presented in sleeves that faithfully re-create the original releases. Atlantic Records 1960's Collection includes the five studio albums that Aretha released between 1967 and 1969: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (Mono), Aretha Arrives (Mono), Lady Soul (Stereo), Aretha Now (Stereo), and Soul '69 (Stereo).


LP Track Listing

Side One
1.     "Angels We Have Heard On High"
2.     "This Christmas"
3.     "My Grown-Up Christmas List"
4.     "The Lord Will Make A Way"

Side Two
1.     "Ave Maria"
2.     "Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without The One You Love)"
3.     "14 Angels"
4.     "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
5.     "Silent Night"


Album Listing

I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You - Mono
Aretha Arrives - Mono
Lady Soul - Stereo
Aretha Now - Stereo
Soul '69 - Stereo

Rarities From The 1960s
Track Listing

Side One
1.    "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" - Demo
2.    "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)" - Demo
3.    "It Was You" - Outtake
4.    "The Letter" - Outtake
5.    "So Soon" - Outtake
Side Two
1.    "Mr. Big" - Outtake
2.    "Talk To Me, Talk To Me" - Outtake
3.    "The Fool on the Hill" - Outtake
4.    "You're Taking Up Another Man's Place" - Outtake
5.    "You Keep Me Hangin' On" - Outtake
6.    "I'm Trying To Overcome" - Outtake

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