By George Fox
I’m a huge Adele fan, but even at 72, The Queen of Soul is giving one of the best singers of today a serious run for her money.
Franklin’s version of “Rolling in the Deep” debuted on Monday, Sept. 29. It’s part of the Motown legend’s diva classics cover album expected to be released October 21, 2014. The Adele cover is available now for digital download.
She makes the song her own with some liberties in the timing and you can’t mistake that powerful voice.
There’s some chatter about whether auto tune was used in the production of the track, but either way, there’s nothing distracting from the enjoyment of this song. She absolutely nails it.
Update: Aretha’s performance of the song on Late Night with David Letterman matches the quality of the studio track, but with her incredible live performance on top, all I can say is wow.
Here’s the track list from Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.
1: “At Last” (Etta James cover)
2: “Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)” (Adele cover)
3: “Midnight Train To Georgia” (Gladys Knight & the Pips cover)
4: “I Will Survive (The Aretha Version)” (Gloria Gaynor cover)
5: “People” (Barbara Streisand cover)
6: “No One” (Alicia Keys cover)
7: “I’m Every Woman/Respect” (Chaka Khan cover)
8: “Teach Me Tonight” (Dinah Washington cover)
9: “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Supremes cover)
10: “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinead O’Connor cover)
Listen to more Aretha Franklin and similar songs and artists on her Last.fm station.
George Fox is a Spartan, a Michigander, and Web Producer for CBS 62/CW50 in Detroit. When I’m not working on content for the CBS Local websites, I’m probably hanging out on the boat, at deer camp or spending quality time with the fam. Follow George on Twitter @GeorgeJFox.