Aretha Aretha Franklin
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- 1Jimmy Lee05:45
- 2I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)03:54
- 3Do You Still Remember05:10
- 4Jumpin' Jack Flash (From Jumping Jack Flash)05:02
- 6An Angel Cries04:59
- 7He'll Come Along04:11
- 8If You Need My Love Tonight04:30
- 9Look to the Rainbow05:14
Info for Aretha
This is Aretha Franklin with not just strings, but plenty of horns, keyboards, disco grooves and Eighties-style synths. One's enjoyment of the album depends on how much one is willing to plough through to get to the point, which is Franklin's amazing voice. While the gospel-style backup singing on Franklin's Atlantic material was lean and funky, here it can verge on the cloying. These aren't Aretha's Muscle Shoals recordings, but there are still plenty of great musicians on this record, people like Steve Lukather, James Jamerson, Steve Porcaro and Cornell Dupree. Likewise, while the material can't hold a candle to tunes like 'Respect' or 'Think,' it's letter-perfect R&B for the Eighties, and Franklin sings the hell out of what she's got to work with. After you listen to this, check out a compilation like ARETHA'S GOLD for further proof of what the fuss is really all about.
Aretha Franklin, piano
Corrado Rustici, guitar, synthesizer, midi guitar
David T. Walker, guitar
Doc Powell, guitar
Keith Richards, guitar
Allen Rogan, guitar
Greg Porcee, guitar
Ron Wood, guitar
David Sancious, harp, synthesizer
Marc Russo, alto saxophone
Eddie Mininfield, tenor saxophone
Kenny G, tenor saxophone
Jerry Hey, trumpet
Wayne Wallace, trombone
Walter Afanasieff, piano, synthesizer, programming
Narada Michael Walden, piano, drums
Chuck Leavell, keyboards
Nate Adderly Jr., keyboards
Nick Johnson, keyboards
Steve Jordan, drums
James Gadsen, drums
Yogi Horton, drums
Paul Rekow, congas, shekere
Orestes Vilató, cowbells, timbales
Jason Martin, cymbals
Greg 'Gigi' Gonaway, tambourine, percussion, background vocals
Darryl 'Munyungo' Jackson, percussion
Preston Glass, bells, percussion programming
Claytoven Richardson, background vocals
Janice Lee, background vocals
Esther Ridgeway, background vocals
Gloria Ridgeway, background vocals
Ortheia Barnes, background vocals
Cynthia Shiloh, background vocals
Kitty Beethoven, background vocals
Brenda Corbett, background vocals
Liz Jackson, background vocals
Jeanie Tracy, background vocals
Jennifer Hall, background vocals
Jim Gilstrap, background vocals
Kevin Dorsey, background vocals
Margaret Branch, background vocals
Myrna Matthews, background vocals
Recorded at Tarpan Recording Studios, The Plant Studios, The Automatt, Studio 'D' (Sausalito, CA.), Hitsville, Sigma Sound Studios, Electric Lady Studios and United Sound Systems (Detroit, Michigan)
Recorded by David Frazier
Engineered by Steve Lillywhite, Russ Terrana, Mike Iacopelli, Jim Dougherty
Produced by Narada Michael Walden (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8), Keith Richards (Track 4), Aretha Franklin (Tracks 7, 9)
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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