NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin says her new album brings out an excitement she hasn’t felt since 1982 and the music feels as good as Marvin Gaye’s seminal “What’s Going On?” album.
“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” includes covers of songs including “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Rolling in the Deep.” It was released Tuesday on vinyl but will be available digitally and in stores on Oct. 21.
Franklin said there’s “a lot of electricity” around her latest CD.
“I haven’t felt so up on a CD since ‘Jump to It’ (was released in 1982) or the first time one of my records was played on the radio,” she said in an interview on Wednesday. “I don’t think I have ever been as excited as I am now.”
The Queen of Soul, who sat next to longtime collaborator and album producer Clive Davis, held a listening for the album at the 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit cultural and community center.
The album also includes Franklin’s interpretations of classics such as “At Last,” ”I Will Survive” and Barbra Streisand’s “People.”
“I like all of it. I like the whole CD, from cut to cut to cut. It kind of reminds me of, I said, ‘You know, this is kind of similar to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?”'” she said before the event. “You know the kind of records from cut to cut; I don’t care what comes up (but) you like it. You like it! I think it may be that kind of album.”