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Discover the most collectable Aretha Franklin singles and LPs

The Queen of Soul garners plenty of R-E-S-P-E-C-T as a musician. But what discs of hers draw serious respect from record collectors? Find out which one of Aretha Franklin's records is worth $500 in near-mint condition, according to Goldmine's List of Aretha's Top 20 Singles and Albums.
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The Queen of Soul garners plenty of R-E-S-P-E-C-T as a musician. But what discs of hers draw serious respect from record collectors?

Here’s Goldmine’s List of Lady Soul’s Top 20 Singles and Albums by Price. In cases where multiple listings have the same price, the albums are listed according to age.

Values are given for items in Near Mint (NM) condition. Unless noted otherwise, items in Very Good (VG) condition are equal to 25 percent of NM, and those in Very Good + (VG+) are equal to 50 percent of NM. 

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Note: Some album titles appear twice on this list; this is because some formats of the same album are more desirable than others. Check each entry's numbers and abbreviations for details.

ABBREVIATIONS KEY :

[M] = Mono record.

[P] =The album is listed as stereo, but only part of it is “true” two-channel stereo.

[S] = Stereo record.

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20. Aretha: Lady Soul

Number: Atlantic 8176 [M]

Year: 1968

NM Value: $30

19. Take a Look 

Number: Columbia CL 2754 [M]

Year: 1967

NM Value: $30

18. "Here's Where I Came In'/"Say It Isn't So"

Number: Columbia 42796 [PS]

Year: 1963

NM Value: $30

17. "I Surrender, Dear"/"Rough Lover"

Number: Columbia 42266 [PS]

Year: 1962

NM Value: $30

16. "Don't Cry, Baby"/"Without the One You Love"

Number: Columbia 42456 [PS]

Year: 1962

NM Value: $30

15. "Precious Lord, Part 1"/"Precious Lord Part 2"

Number: JVB 75

Year: 1959

NM Value: $30

14. "Never Grow Old"/"You Grow Closer"

Number: JVB 47

Year: 1957

NM Value: $30

13. Young, Gifted & Black

Number: Atlantic 7213 [M]

Notes: Mono is promo only; “d/j copy monaural” sitcker on front cover

Year: 1972

NM Value: $40

12. Aretha's Greatest Hits

Number: Atlantic 9295 [M]

Notes: Mono is white label promo only in stereo cover with “d/j monaural” sticker

Year: 1971

NM Value: $40

11. Aretha Live at Fillmore West

Number: Atlantic 7205 [M]

Notes: Mono is white label promo only with d/j copy monaural” sticker

Year: 1971

NM Value: $40

10. Spirit in the Dark

Number: Atlantic 8265 [M]

Notes: Mono is white label promo only in stereo cover with “d/j monaural” sticker

Year: 1970

NM Value: $40

9. This Girl's in Love With You

Number: Atlantic 8248 [M]

Notes: Mono is white label promo only; cover has “d/j copy monaural” sticker on front

Year: 1970

NM Value: $40

8. The Electrifying Aretha Franklin

Number: Columbia CL1761 [M]

Notes: Red and black label with six “eye” logos

Year: 1962

NM Value: $40

7. Aretha Franklin The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging

Number: Columbia CL 1876 [M]

Notes: Red and black label with six “eye” logos

Year: 1962

NM Value: $40

6. Aretha Franklin: Soul '69

Number: Atlantic 8212 [M]

Notes: White label promo; no stock copies in mono

Year: 1969

NM Value: $50

5. The Electrifying Aretha Franklin

Number: Columbia CS 8561 [S]

Notes: Red and black label with six “eye” logos

Year: 1962

NM Value: $50

4. The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin

Number: Columbia CS8676 [S]

Notes: Red and black label with six “eye” logos

Year: 1962

NM Value: $50

3. Aretha

Number: Columbia CL 1612 [M]

Notes: Red and black label with six “eye” logos

Year: 1961

NM Value: $50

2. Aretha

Number: Columbia CL 8412 [S]

Notes: Red and black label with six “eye” logos

Year: 1961

NM Value: $80

1. Songs of Faith

Number: Checker 10009 [M]

Notes: Original issue of this album; cover has Aretha sitting at a piano

Year: 1965

NM Value: $500

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