A new lyric video is now available for the recently released “Solo Piano Version” of Aretha Franklin’s “Silent Night.” The stunning new version features Franklin on piano, accompanied only by her unparalleled voice. “Silent Night (Solo Piano Version)” was produced by Tena Clark and is available now as a digital single on all digital download and streaming services from DMI Music/Rhino. The original version was recorded for Franklin’s 2008 holiday album This Christmas.
“During this time of the year, my aunt would be finishing up her Christmas shopping in New York and Chicago, planning her annual holiday event with family and friends, selecting songs for her Christmas playlist, and talking about her menu for Christmas dinner,” says Sabrina Owens, Aretha Franklin’s niece and executor of the estate. “She loved the holidays; it was her favorite time of the year!”
In addition to the new version of “Silent Night,” Rhino also has a pair of new releases honoring the irreplaceable musical legacy of The Queen Of Soul.
The aforementioned Franklin holiday album This Christmas was also recently released on vinyl for the first time. 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).
SOURCE: Press Release December 4, 2018