6 Great Albums From 6 Decades

1950s

IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS

FRANK SINATRA

For a decade, Sinatra pushed to make a cohesive LP at a time when no one else in the record business was thinking beyond singles. Finally his breakup with Ava Gardner provided the perfect catalyst. These 16 ballads, recorded in just a few days, are the authoritative take on masculine loneliness.

1960s

I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU

ARETHA FRANKLIN

The centerpiece of Franklin's first album for Atlantic Records was her cover of Otis Redding's Respect, a song that, released in the midst of the racial and sexual tumult...

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