'Respect' by Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is quite something

Roisin O'Connor
Aretha Franklin - 1967: Rex

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has put together a new album that sees some of Aretha Franklin's best work given new arrangements, that were recorded and produced at Abbey Road Studios.

A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is being released in November.

It is the second album where the RPO has put new arrangements behind a legendary artist to produce an album, following their arrangements on the works of Elvis Presley, which was toured as a live concert.

We're premiering the RPO's fantastic arrangement of "Respect" - listen below:


Co-producer Nick Patrick told The Independent: "'Respect is one of the most iconic records ever made by one of the greatest artists to have graced our lives. What an honour it has been to work on this."

Co-producer Don Reedman added: "'Respect' is one of the most beloved tracks that Aretha has ever recorded. It was an absolute pleasure to take it up a notch with the power of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and breathe fresh life into this iconic recording."

As well as "Respect", the forthcoming album will include new arrangements for "Think", "I Say A Little Prayer", and "Son Of A Preacher Man".

A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is released on 10 November on CD, vinyl and digital formats, via Atlantic Records


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