The new 4-CD box set Aretha collects 81 tracks spanning the Queen of Soul’s entire career – from her first single on JBV Records through her years on Columbia, Atlantic, and Arista – via hits, rarities, live tracks, and many previously unreleased cuts. Note that this set also has numerous tracks from or related to Aretha’s final five Atlantic studio LPs, none of which have been officially released on CD to date. Aretha adds up to an alternative history of Franklin’s extraordinary career. The box features new liner notes by Rochelle Riley, director of Arts and Culture for the city of Detroit, and SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan. Makeba KEEBS Rainey has provided the eye-popping new artwork based upon a portrait by acclaimed photographer Neal Preston. While the box set has been delayed until July 2021 to coincide with the (hopeful) release of the Aretha biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, Rhino will still release 1-CD and 2-LP highlights versions on November 20, 2020.