Aretha (1980) Aretha Franklin

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Label: Arista / Sony Music

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

Artist: Aretha Franklin

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  • 1Come to Me03:42
  • 2Can't Turn You Loose03:55
  • 3United Together05:02
  • 4Take Me With You04:05
  • 5Whatever It Is03:38
  • 6What A Fool Believes05:08
  • 7Together Again05:16
  • 8Love Me Forever03:34
  • 9School Days04:58
  • Total Runtime39:18

Info for Aretha (1980)

„This is her first album with Arista after ending a 13-year, largely successful stint with Atlantic Records. By as early as 1973, Franklin's album turnout became spotty as late-'70s entries, Sweet Passion and La Diva came and went quickly. For Aretha, Arista label president Clive Davis drummed out a certain amount of fanfare for this initial effort, and for the most part it was deserved. Aretha attempts to pull out all of the stops, which is suitable for a major artist coming to a new label. The best moments here reestablish Franklin as a phenomenal singer, not just an icon. The brilliantly sung "United Together" and autumnal "Come to Me" have both Franklin and producer Chuck Jackson seemingly like they'd recorded together for years. What undoes Aretha is a few overproduced tracks of dubious distinction. The too busy cover of the Doobie Brothers "What a Fool Believes" fails Franklin, skimming past the song's lyrical. Her gospel-fueled childhood recollection "School Days" and a discofied cover of "I Can't Turn You Loose" are both ingratiating and potentially nerve racking. This effort was meant to reestablish Franklin, and it was more popular than most of her late-'70s Atlantic albums, but this could have been better.“ (Jason Elias, AMG)

Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone
Louis del Gatto, baritone saxophone
Kenny G., tenor saxophone
Eddie Mininfeld, tenor saxophone
David "Fathead" Newman, tenor saxophone
Seldon Powell, tenor saxophone
Marc Russo, alto saxophone
David Sanborn, alto saxophone
David Tofani, alto saxophone
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Lew Soloff, trumpet
Barry Rogers, trombone
Wayne Wallace, trombone
John Clark, horns
Peter Gordon, horns
Jerry Hey, horns
Walter Afanasieff, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Bob Christianson, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Todd Cochrane, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Tony Coleman, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
David Foster, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Preston Glass, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Nick Johnson, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Michael Lang, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Chuck Leavell, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
David Paich, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Steve Porcaro, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
David Sancious, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Richard Tee, keyboards, synthesizers, organ, piano
Vernon "Ice" Black, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Paul Jackson, Jr., guitar
Steve Lukather, guitar
Greg Poree, guitar
Doc Powell, guitar
Keith Richards, guitar
Allen Rogen, guitar
David T. Walker, guitar
Teddy White, guitar
David Williams, guitar
Ron Wood, guitar
Francisco Centeno, bass
Tony Coleman, bass
Scott Edwards, bass
Randy Jackson, bass
Louis Johnson, bass
James Jamerson, bass
Mike Porcaro, bass
Tony Coleman, drums
James Gadson, drums
Ed Greene, drums
Yogi Horton, drums
Steve Jordan, drums
Jeff Porcaro, drums
Bernard "Petty" Purdie, drums
George Devens, percussion
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway, percussion
Darryl Jackson, percussion
Jason Martin, percussion
Raul Rekow, percussion
Orestes Vilato, percussion

Engineered by Lee DeCarlo, Lewis Hahn, Frank Kejmar, Jeremy Smith
Mixed by Reginald Dozier
Mastering by Ken Perry, Bill Inglot
Produced by Chuck Jackson and Arif Mardin

Digitally remastered

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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