Aretha Franklin’s ‘Aretha’

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Aretha’ is an album (her second album with this title) released in October 1980 by Arista Records.

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Track Listing : 1.Come To Me (Willard Eugene Price) – 03:42 . 2.I Can’T Turn You Loose (Otis Redding) – 03:55 . 3.United Together (Phil Perry, Chuck Jackson) – 05:02 . 4.Take Me With You (Phil Perry, Terry Coleman, Chuck Jackson) – 04:05 . 5.Whatever It Is (Mark Gary, Eddie Setser, Jerry Michael) – 03:38 . 6.What A Fool Believes (Kenny Loggins, Michael Mcdonald) – 05:13 . 7.Together Again (Aretha Franklin, Phil Perry, Chuck Jackson) – 05:16 . 8.Love Me Forever (Aretha Franklin, Rev. Patrick Henderson, Kenny Moore) – 03:34 . 9.School Days (Aretha Franklin) – 04:58

Musicians : Aretha Franklin – Keyboards, Piano, Vocals . Ortheia Barnes – Vocals . Kitty Beethoven – Vocals . Kevin Dorsey – Vocals . Jim Gilstrap – Vocals . Larry Graham – Vocals . Jennifer Hall – Vocals . Liz Jackson – Vocals . George Michael – Vocals . Claytoven Richardson – Vocals . Esther Ridgeway – Vocals . Gloria Ridgeway – Vocals . The Sweet Inspirations – Vocals . Jeanie Tracy – Vocals . Brenda Corbett – Vocals (Background) . Myrna Matthews – Vocals (Background) . Francisco Centeno – Bass . Scott Edwards – Bass . James Jamerson – Bass . Louis Johnson – Bass . Mike Porcaro – Bass . Tony Coleman – Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Overdubs, Vocals (Background) . Randy Jackson – Bass, Vocals . James Gadson – Drums . Ed Greene – Drums . Yogi Horton – Drums . Steve Jordan – Drums . Bernard “Pretty” Purdie – Drums . Jeff Porcaro – Drums, Synthesizer . Vernon “Ice” Black – Guitar . Cornell Dupree – Guitar . Paul Jackson, Jr. – Guitar . Steve Lukather – Guitar . Michael Mcgloiry – Guitar . Greg Poree – Guitar . Doc Powell – Guitar . Allen Rogen – Guitar . David T. Walker – Guitar . Teddy White – Guitar . David Williams – Guitar . Ron Wood – Guitar . Keith Richards – Guitar . Jerry Hey – Horn . Walter Afanasieff – Keyboards . Nick Johnson – Keyboards . Michael Lang – Keyboards . David Foster – Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Synthesizer . Preston Glass – Keyboards, Vocals . Richard Tee – Keyboards . David Paich – Organ, Piano . Chuck Leavell – Piano . John Clark – French Horn . Peter Gordon – French Horn . David Tofani – Sax (Alto) . Lew Del Gatto – Sax (Baritone) . Seldon Powell – Sax (Tenor) . Kenny G – Saxophone . Eddie Mininfield – Saxophone . Marc Russo – Saxophone . Bob Christianson – Synthesizer . David Sancious – Synthesizer . Barry Rogers – Trombone . Wayne Wallace – Trombone . David Sanborn – Sax (Alto) . Michael Brecker – Sax (Tenor) . David “Fathead” Newman – Sax (Tenor) . Todd Cochrane – Synthesizer . Randy Brecker – Trumpet . Lew Soloff – Trumpet . George Devens – Percussion . Greg “Gigi” Gonaway – Percussion . Darryl Jackson – Percussion . Jason Martin – Percussion . Raul Rekow – Percussion . Orestes Vilató – Percussion . Jonathan Abramowitz – Strings . Jack Barber – Strings . Frederick Buldrini – Strings . Peter Dimitriades – Strings . Harold Kohon – Strings . Harry Lookofsky – Strings . Joseph Malin – Strings . Alan Shulman – Strings . Mitsue Takayama – Strings . Gerald Tarack – Strings . G. Tarak – Strings . M. Wright – Strings . Frederick Zlotkin – Strings . F. Zoltin – Strings . A. Brown – Strings . Charles Jackson – Vocals (Background) . Estelle Brown – Vocals (Background) . Cissy Houston – Vocals (Background) . Edie Lehmann – Vocals (Background) . Myrna Mathews – Vocals (Background) . Marti Mccall – Vocals (Background) . Sylvia Shemwell – Vocals (Background) . Myrna Smith – Vocals (Background)

Production : Produced By Chuck Jackson, Todd Cochrane, Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin, Keith Richards, Narada Michael Walden . Arif Mardin – Arranger, Remixing . Stewart Whitmore – Assistant Engineer . Michael O’Reilly – Assistant Engineer . Lee Decarlo – Engineer . Frank Kejmar – Engineer . Jeremy Smith – Engineer . Lewis Hahn – Engineer . Reginald Dozier – Mixing

Package : Ria Lewerke – Art Direction, Design

Recorded In 1980.

Released In October, 1980 By Arista Records.

 Aretha Franklin

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allmusic
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 […]

Robert Christgau
“Get the funk, get it now,” she murmurs valiantly over a rhythm section anchored, as they say, by Louis Johnson and Jeff Porcaro. And who do you think plays the sax outro? If you guessed David Sanborn you get the picture. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Her Arista debutand though it didn’t sell, it would prove to be her best album of the 80s. Chuck Jackson produced half the recordand he went for a tight soul sound that walked the line between retro and contemporary while leaving Franklin plenty of room to belt (“Take Me With You,” Aretha’s “School Days”). […]

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