Aretha Franklin’s ‘So Damn Happy’

Aretha Franklin’s ‘So Damn Happy’ is a studio (and her first since ‘A Rose Is Still a Rose’ in 1998) album released on September 22, 2003 by Arista Records.

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Track listing : 1.The Only Thing Missin’ (Gordon Chambers, Troy Taylor, Rick Williams, Mylia Sunny Davis) – 03:07 . 2.Wonderful (Aleese Simmons, Ron Amen-Ra Lawrence) – 04:04 . 3.Holdin’ On (Earl Klugh, Mary J. Blige, Bruce Miller, Troy Taylor) – 04:37 . 4.No Matter What (Mary J. Blige, Miller, Troy Taylor) – 04:33 . 5.Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool (James Big Jim Wright, Terry Lewis, James Harris) – 04:35 . 6.So Damn Happy (Aretha Franklin) – 04:29 . 7.You Are My Joy (Aretha Franklin) – 02:34 . 8.Falling Out of Love (Burt Bacharach, Jerry Leiber, Jed Leiber) – 04:31 . 9.Ain’t No Way (Chambers, Barry J. Eastmond) – 04:37 . 10.Good News (Norman West) – 04:55 . 11.You Are My Joy (Reprise) (Aretha Franklin) – 02:33

Musicians : Aretha Franklin – Piano, Vocals . Mary J. Blige – Vocals on (3 – 4), Vocals (Background) . Adi Yeshaya – Conductor, Horn, Keyboards, Strings . William Bush – Drum Programming, Keyboards . Ralphe Armstrong – Bass . Neil Stubenhaus – Bass . Troy Taylor – Bass,Drums, Keyboards, Vocals (Background) . Norman West – Bass, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence – Keyboards . Rick Williams – Guitar . James “Big Jim” Wright – Keyboards . Iz – Drum Programming . Ricky Lawson – Drums . Nate Neblett – Drums . Vernon D. Fails – Fender Rhodes . Perry Hughes – Guitar . Michael Hart Thompson – Guitar . Bobby Ross Avila – Guitar, Keyboards . Tommy Morgan – Harmonica . Gloria Agostini – Harp . Michael Baker – Horn, Strings . Darryl Houston – Organ . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion . Rob Shrock – Synthesizer Arrangements . David Foster – Synthesizer Strings . George Flynn – Trombone . Birch Johnson – Trombone . Keith O’Quinn – Trombone . Randy Brecker – Trumpet . Anthony Kadleck – Trumpet . Lew Soloff – Trumpet . Sharon Moe – French Horn . Roger Wendt – French Horn . Leo Grinhauz – Cello . Kermit Moore – Cello . Eugene J. Moye – Cello . Jesse Levy – Cello . Alfred Brown – Viola . Kenneth Burward-Hoy – Viola . Margeret Th. Hjaltested – Viola . Olivia Koppell – Viola, Violin . Robert Chausow – Violin . Isreal Chorberg – Violin . Cenovia Cummins – Violin . Winterton Garvey – Violin . Joyce Hammann – Violin . Susan Heerema – Violin . Regis Iandiorio – Violin . Karen Karlsrud – Violin . Byung-Kook Kwak – Violin . Anthony Posk – Violin . Sheila Reinhold – Violin . Andy Stein – Violin . Gerald Tarack – Violin . Alexander Vselensky – Violin . Belinda Whitney – Violin . Brenda Corbett – Vocals (Background) . Sandra Dance – Vocals (Background) . Sara Divine – Vocals (Background) . Cindy Mizelle – Vocals (Background) . Shelly Ponder – Vocals (Background) . Mildred Scott – Vocals (Background) . Gordon Chambers – , Vocals (Background) . Myiia “Sunny” Davis – Vocals (Background) . Regine Lambert – Handclapping . Kenya Lucas – Handclapping . Melodie – Handclapping . Delant “Butta” Murphy – Handclapping

Production : Produced by Antonio “LA” Reid . Norman West – Engineer, Mixing . Barry J. Eastmond – Engineer . Carl Robinson – Assistant, Engineer . Louis Alfred III – Engineer . Rowie Nomeri – Engineer . Steve Pageot – Engineer . Michael J. Powell – Engineer, Mixing . Allen Sides – Engineer, Mixing . Tom Coyne – Mastering . Charles “Prince Charles” Alexander – Mixing . Jean-Marie Horvat – Mixing

Package : Richard Thomas Jennings – Art Direction, Design . Kwaku Alston – Photography

Recorded in 2002-03 at .

Released on September 22, 2003 by Arista Records.

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BBC
Aretha’s voice is a beautiful instrument that she never stops strengthening and developing and in So Damn Happy her legion of fans have a slick and superior album of depth, vision and soul that’s truly one to savour. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Doubtless due to the retro-soul/neo-soul boom, Franklin’s latest is a return to the gentle sounds and live instrumentation of her 70s releases. Unfortunately, flat songwriting makes it closer to La Diva and Almighty Fire than to Hey Now Hey or Sweet Passion. […]

Soul Express CD Review
You’ll remember, of course, she did this with much success on her last set working with younger producers with great aplomb and success. For the younger audience there is input from Troy Taylor, Mary J. Blige (who epitomises all that is bad in current R&B for me) and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. […]

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