Aretha Franklin’s ‘Aretha Now’

Aretha Franklin‘s ‘Aretha Now’ is an album produced by Jerry Wexler and released on June 14, 1968, less than six months after ‘Lady Soul’ by Atlantic Records.

Track Listing : 1.Think (Aretha Franklin, Teddy White) – 02:19 . 2.I Say A Little Prayer (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 03:36 . 3.See Saw (Steve Cropper, Don Covay) – 02:46 . 4.Night Time Is The Right Time (Big Bill Broonzy) – 04:50 . 5.You Send Me (Sam Cooke) – 02:29 . 6.You’Re A Sweet Sweet Man (Ronnie Shannon) – 02:19 . 7.I Take What I Want (Isaac Hayes, Mabon Teenie Hodges, David Porter) – 02:33 . 8.Hello Sunshine (Jimmy Cliff, King Curtis, Ronald Dean Miller) – 03:03 . 9.A Change (Dorian Burton, Clyde Otis) – 02:27 . 10.I Can’T See Myself Leaving You (Ronnie Shannon) – 03:00

Musicians : Aretha Franklin – Vocals, Piano On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 10) . Spooner Oldham – Organ On (1 – 5), Electric Piano On (3 – 6 – 7 – 10), Piano On (8) . Tommy Cogbill – Guitar On (1-3 – 10), Bass On (6 – 8 – 9) . Duane Allman – Guitar On (1) . Jimmy Johnson – Guitar On (1 – 3 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 9 – 10) . Bobby Womack – Guitar On (6 – 8 – 9) . Jerry Jemmott – Bass On (1-5 – 7 – 10) . Roger Hawkins – Drums On (All) . The Sweet Inspirations – Background Vocals . Carolyn Franklin – Background Vocals On (6 – 8 – 9) . Wayne Jackson – Trumpet . Charlie Chalmers – Tenor Saxophone . Andrew Love – Tenor Saxophone . Floyd Newman – Baritone Saxophone . Willie Bridges – Baritone Saxophone On (1 – 3-5 – 7 – 10) . Bernie Glow – Trumpet . Melvin Lastie – Trumpet . Joe Newman – Trumpet . Tony Studd – Bass Trombone . King Curtis – Tenor Saxophone . Seldon Powell – Tenor Saxophone . Frank Wess – Tenor Saxophone – Flute . Haywood Henry – Baritone Saxophone On (6 – 8)

Production : Produced By Jerry Wexler . Robert Honablue – Engineer

Package : Loring Eutemey – Cover Design . David Gahr – Photography

Recorded December 16, 1967 – April 18, 1968 At Atlantic Studios, New York City.

Released On June 14, 1968 By Atlantic.

(Source Aretha Franklin‘s ‘Aretha Now’ | The Official Aretha Franklin Site)

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Scott’s Rock and Soul Album Reviews
Ironically recorded the day of Martin Luther King’s assassination, “Think” is probably Aretha’s best up-tempo tune aside from “Respect,” and it shares with that song a similar theme of empowerment, with her cries of “freedom!” being the song’s most notable characteristic. […]

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While Think and Say a Little Prayer are the two lasting masterpieces present here, the rest of the material ranges from agreeable to good. […]

Vinyl Fanatics
. Kicking off with the incredible threesome of Think(an ultimatum to a lover), the brilliant ‘I say a little prayer’and your lovee is like a ‘see saw’. We get all the different aspects of being in a relationship just there. […]

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