Let Me In Your Life (Remastered) Aretha Franklin
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- 1Let Me In Your Life03:29
- 2Every Natural Thing02:37
- 3Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing03:50
- 4I'm In Love02:51
- 5Until You Come Back To Me [That's What I'm Gonna Do]03:28
- 6The Masquerade Is Over04:30
- 7With Pen In Hand05:07
- 8Oh Baby04:59
- 9Eight Days On The Road03:03
- 10If You Don't Think03:52
- 11A Song For You05:33
Info for Let Me In Your Life (Remastered)
After the experimental „Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Story)“, a departure from the formula of her phenomenal string of late '60s hits, Franklin returned to familiar form with this 1974 album. Here, the Queen of Soul is reunited with Jerry Wexler, the man who originally signed her to Atlantic, and the music on „Let Me In Your Life“ is appropriately old-school, with driving R&B holding down the spectacular flights of Franklin's gospel-drenched pipes.
The choice of songs is excellent as well, including Ashford and Simpson's "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," Bobby Womack's "I'm In Love," Leon Russell's "A Song For You," and two of Franklin's fine originals. As always, Franklin belts out songs with the power of a Mack truck. Fine session musicians support her performances throughout. Overall, „Let Me In Your Life“ is a wonderful and often overlooked addition to the Franklin catalogue.
„Aretha Franklin's 'Let Me in Your Life' is one of the few recent R&B albums that places the emphasis entirely and deservedly on a voice. Many R&B producers have been making records on which the singer is outshined by the song, the arrangement and the sound.“ (Jon Landau)
Aretha Franklin, vocals, acoustic piano (tracks 2, 5, 7-9), electric piano (tracks 10-11)
Donny Hathaway, acoustic piano (tracks 4, 6), electric piano (tracks 5, 8), additional keyboards (3, 7)
Bob James, organ (track 1), additional keyboards (3)
Hugh McCracken, guitar (track 5)
Deodato, arranger, electric piano (track 1)
Kenneth Bichel, synthesizer (track 5)
David Spinozza, guitar (tracks 1, 3-4, 6)
Richard Tee, additional keyboards (track 10)
Cornell Dupree, guitar (tracks 2, 4, 7-11)
Ernie Royal, trumpet (track 10)
Joe Farrell, tenor saxophone (track 2), flute (track 5)
Willie Weeks, bass (tracks 8, 10-11)
Stanley Clarke, bass (tracks 1, 3-4, 6)
Chuck Rainey, bass (tracks 2, 5, 7, 9)
Rick Marotta, drums (tracks 1, 3-4, 6)
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums (tracks 2, 5, 7-11)
Ralph MacDonald, percussion (tracks 1-4, 6-11)
Pancho Morales, percussion (tracks 2, 7, 9)
Myrna Smith, background vocals (track 3)
Sylvia Shemwell, background vocals (track 3)
Margaret Branch, background vocals (tracks 2, 5, 7, 9)
Cissy Houston, background vocals (tracks 3-5)
Ann S. Clark, background vocals (tracks 2, 5, 7, 9)
Judy Clay, background vocals (tracks 3-4)
Deirdre Tuck Corley, background vocals (track 4)
Gwen Guthrie, background vocals (tracks 4-5)
Arif Mardin, producer (All tracks), string arranger (track 2, 4)
Gene Orloff, concert master
Recorded April 10, 1973-September 7, 1973 at Whitney Studios, Glendale, California
Produced by Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Aretha Franklin
She is known the world over by her first name and as the undisputed, reigning 'Queen Of Soul,' Aretha Franklin is peerless. This 2005 recipient of a Presidential Medal Of Freedom honor (the U.S.A.'s highest honor), 17 Grammy Awards (and counting), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Living Legend Award. She has received countless international and national awards and accolades. Aretha has achieved global recognition on an unprecedented scale. She has influenced generations of singers from Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole and Mary J. Blige to 'American Idol' winner Fantasia Burrino and Oscar- winning Jennifer Hudson. Her ever-distinctive soulful, to-the-bone vocal style has graced the music charts for over four decades and while her 'live' performances have touched the hearts of literally millions since she began her musical journey as a gospel-singing child prodigy, it is her rich legacy of recordings that are a testament to the power, majesty and genius of this one-of-a-kind artist of the first order.
Beyond the timeless classic hits such as 'Respect,' 'A Natural Woman,' 'Chain Of Fools,' 'Think,' 'Daydreaming' and 'Freeway Of Love' among the dozens of chart-topping records that have established her as a cultural icon, Aretha Franklin's catalog of over forty albums informs listeners of her unmatched, unparalleled artistry as an interpreter of song, bar none. Her elevation to 'royal' status is indeed not just a function of her hitmaking ability but of her unique inventiveness as a musician who fuses art and soul seamlessly. Indeed, it's often been said that Aretha could take 'happy birthday' and turn it into a veritable opus and while those who know her will testify to her culinary skills in the kitchen, it is her mastery as a musical chef that is evident on each and every one of those forty-plus albums, many of which have achieved gold and platinum status.
As is widely known, Aretha, born in Memphis, (reared in Buffalo but a longtime resident of Detroit,) began her personal musical journey singing at her much-revered father Reverend C.L. Franklin's New Bethel Baptist Church at a very young age. While she was unquestionably influenced by the presence of such gospel luminaries as Clara Ward (a strong influence), Mahalia Jackson and the Reverend James Cleveland in the Franklin household, it was secular performers such as Dinah Washington and Sam Cooke (also visitors to the Franklin residence) who helped shape Aretha's wide-ranging interest in popular music. Young Aretha also heard the doo-wop sounds of Nolan Strong and The Diablos, The Moonglows, The 5 Royales and The Satins as well as popular '50s hitmakers such as Johnny Ace, Little Willie John, Jackie Wilson, Big Maybelle and Little Esther on the radio.
Aretha's interest in a wide range of popular music became evident when she began her own recording career at Columbia Records, although it should be noted that her powerful, emotive style was first heard on a gospel recording made in 1956 with her father and released by Chess Records in the mid-'60s. With the support of her father, Aretha traveled to New York City in 1960 and after a demo which contained her version of a Helen Humes tune titled 'Today I Sing The Blues' made its way to the ears of executive John Hammond (responsible for signing such artists as Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Bob Dylan), Aretha was signed to Columbia in 1960. For more information please visit the Aretha Franklin homepage.
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