Miami’s Criteria Recording Studios was ground zero for a number of Franklin’s most timeless projects.
Franklin helped make Criteria, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, a world-renowned recording hub tucked away at 1755 NE 149th St., N. Miami, FL.
Franklin’s “Spirit in the Dark” sessions would yield two pop and R&B hits via “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)“ and the title track when the album was released in the summer of 1970.
Duane Allman and Greg Allman, played on the album’s “When the Battle Is Over.”
The signature piano intro of “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)“ was played live inside Criteria by Franklin on a Baldwin grand in Studio B.
Live albums: 6
Compilation albums: 45
Studio albums: 42
Aretha Franklin songs recorded at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami
"Son of a Preacher Man"
Released: January 21, 1970
Format: 7" single
Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami; 1969
Genre: R&B, Soul
Length: 3:16 (single version)
Songwriter: Aretha Franklin
Producer(s): Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin
Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul, proclaimed that she was "Young, Gifted and Black."
Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted And Black
Label: Atlantic – SD 7213
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, PR
Released: 24 Jan 1972
Genre: Funk / Soul
A2 Day Dreaming
Written-By – Aretha Franklin 3:58
A3 Rock Steady
Written-By – Aretha Franklin 3:12
A5 All The King's Horses
B2 I've Been Loving You Too Long
Written-By – Jerry Butler, Otis Redding 3:32
B3 First Snow In Kokomo
Written-By – Aretha Franklin 4:04
A2, A3, A5, B2 & B3 were recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
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