Posted in music | pictures on August 6, 2011

by Jacob Blickenstaff

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, performed to an overflow crowd at the Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island. Fans and locals lined up behind the fence on the boardwalk and filled up the sidewalks on 21st St between Surf Avenue and the beach.

The only unfulfilling aspect of the show was the absence of a ridiculously awesome hat, otherwise the Queen was in full command, sounding and looking fantastic. The set covered a good amount of territory including the new song 'How Long I've Waited' from her recent album 'A Woman Falling Out of Love' - her 38th studio recording. Other selections included 'Higher and Higher', 'Natural Woman', 'Think', 'Freeway of Love', 'Bridge Over Trouble Water', 'Don't Play That Song', and 'Respect'.

The peak moment of the concert came during 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' which Aretha performed at the piano. The end of the song transmuted into an extended ostinato of piano rumblings and heavenly gospel incantations that built for several minutes before exploding into a rave-up a la 'Spirit in the Dark' . It was the closest I had ever come to accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savior. Still didn't happen, but it was close.

'A Woman Falling Out of Love' is available exclusively at Wal-Mart. More pictures from the Thursday night (8/4) show, below...

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Comments (33)

Rex Ryan got soul!

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2011 11:34 PM

phhh...she's no tUNe...yArDS...am I right people?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:09 AM

tune yards chick smells.like 539 Johnson...

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:25 AM

^that's 538 Penis...thank you very much

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:32 AM

nobody got shot?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:39 AM

People still own records?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 1:04 AM

was this on the beach? a random stage on a street? what the fuck...they coudltn just put her in the baseball stadium or something...stop overthinking shit promoters.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 2:33 AM

It was a FREE concert on a paved lot in Coney Island you dumb fuck.

Posted by Anonymous is a moron | August 7, 2011 5:10 AM

you know, they actually use that stadium for BASEBALL from time to time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 6:33 AM

I'm so fucking bummed that I didn't go to this. Why? Because you know that her moments of greatness are passing by quickly. I wish I'd been there. Such a rare opportunity in hindsight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 7:19 AM

The Queen Of Soul
She is the real deal, people

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 7:33 AM

Just about everyone else from her generation is gone. See her while you can.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 8:12 AM

What's with the odd Christian-bashing in the review? The comparison about the song doesn't even make sense. I guess the writer was trying to be funny but failed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 8:23 AM

8:23 - Aretha comes from the church. She sang gospel with her father, preacher CL Franklin. Bridge is one of her most spiritual songs, very much gospel delivery, it was very moving.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 8:34 AM

Writer better accept the lord in his heart or will find himself in hell.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 10:14 AM

Where it's just one never ending BV comment thread.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 10:45 AM

10:45 +1

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 11:17 AM

10:45 +1 also

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 11:29 AM

that looks like a very uncomfortable event. no thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:19 PM

8:34 bridge over troubled waters is a beautiful song, but it's not hers

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 12:46 PM

I guess people forget that Aretha did a cover version of Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1971. Her version was a #1 hit that sold over a million copies. She also won a Grammy for her version as well as brought the song to an audience that may not have heard the original.

Posted by Mike | August 7, 2011 4:28 PM

I'D LOVE TO GIVE THAT ARM A "BRRRRRUUUMMMSKI" AND MAKE FART NOISES WITH MY MOUTH

Posted by CRUDDLER | August 7, 2011 4:43 PM

amazing
thnx

Posted by hasan | August 7, 2011 6:56 PM

Why is she always called the "Queen of Soul". She screams. That's about it. Tina Turner runs circles around her. Sings better, and is a better performer. There are loads of soul singers better than Aretha. I can't understand why she is held in such high regard.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 7:29 PM

>Why is she always called the "Queen of Soul". She screams. That's about it. Tina Turner runs circles around her. Sings better, and is a better performer. There are loads of soul singers better than Aretha. I can't understand why she is held in such high regard.

+1

my friend, you are so true.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 9:56 PM

re: mike, thanks for schooling these little punks who have never heard 1971's incredible 'Live at The Fillmore West'.

They also have no clue that Aretha is a masterful interpreter of songs, and most soul music was not written by the singers anyway.

7:29, 9:56 are also imbeciles.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 10:46 PM

Ew, that's gross.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2011 10:49 PM

in addition to exhibiting their gross ignorance for all to mock, 7:29 and 9:56 just shortened their life spans.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 11:05 AM

I'd hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2011 11:50 AM

AREEFA!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2011 5:48 PM

The sound was atrocious...

Even though we were able to see from the Boardwalk, it was tough to hear halfway decently.


In retrospect, the old venue for the free Coney shows,at Asser Levy Park was alot better.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2011 9:14 PM

U THE ONLY QUEEN OF SOUL, AND WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT YOU IS THAT EACH SONG YOU PERFORM,YOU OWN IT IN A WAY THAT EACH TIME I LISTEN TO YOU, YOU MAKE ME CRY AND I HATE TO THINK THAT SOME DAY YOU WILL BE GONE,AND NO ONE WILL EVER SING JUST LIKE YOU. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH M.S ARETHA FRANKLIN

Posted by JIMMY | August 25, 2011 9:21 AM

FIRST!

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 9:40 AM

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