The Root Recommends: Aretha Franklin's 'Take a Look'

The Queen of Soul's 50th-anniversary box set hits stores Tuesday.

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Aretha Franklin (Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

A slimmed-down Aretha Franklin has recently been seen out on the town looking like a brand-new woman, and now she has a brand-new album as well. Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia hits record stores today.

The 12-disc box set includes all of Aretha's hits from the record company, as well as unissued performances, master takes, rare mixes and more. The release celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Queen of Soul's career. Also in the collection: a bonus DVD --  Aretha '64! Live on The Steve Allen Show -- that showcases her singing and playing piano on the TV program in 1964. Franklin recently played a snippet of a new single for Tavis Smiley. Listen here!

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