Aretha Franklin’s ‘Spirit in the Dark’ is an album released on August 24, 1970 by Atlantic.
Track Listing : 1.Don’T Play That Song (You Lied) (Ahmet Ertegün, Betty Nelson) – 03:02 . 2.The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday’S Kiss) (Rick Darnell, Roy Hawkins) – 04:41 . 3.Pullin’ (Carolyn Franklin, Jimmy Radcliffe) – 03:38 . 4.You And Me (Aretha Franklin) – 03:34 . 5.Honest I Do (Ewart Abner, Jimmy Reed) – 03:19 . 6.Spirit In The Dark (Aretha Franklin) – 04:03 . 7.When The Battle Is Over (Jessie Hill, Malcolm Rebennack) – 02:43 . 8.One Way Ticket (Aretha Franklin)- 2:52 . 9.Try Matty’S (Aretha Franklin) – 02:32 . 10.That’S All I Want From You (Fritz Rotter) – 02:44 . 11.Oh No Not My Baby (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 02:55 . 12.Why I Sing The Blues (Dave Clark, Riley King) – 03:05
Musicians : Aretha Franklin – Vocals, Piano . Dave Crawford – Organ . Howard “Buzz” Feiten – Guitar . Jimmy Johnson – Guitar . Jay O’Rourke – Guitar . The Sweet Inspirations – Background Vocals . Tommy Mcclure – Bass . Harold “Hog” Cowart – Bass . Jimmy O’Rourke – Guitar . Sammy Creason – Drums . Ronald “Tubby” Ziegler – Drums . Roger Hawkins – Drums . Duane Allman – Guitar . Cornell Dupree – Guitar . Jim Dickinson – Keyboards . Ray Lucas – Drums . Charlie Freeman – Guitar . David Hood – Bass . Mike Utley – Keyboards . Barry Beckett – Organ, Electric Piano . Eddie Hinton – Guitar . Pat Lewis – Background Vocals . Wyline Ivy – Background Vocals . Margaret Branch – Background Vocals . Evelyn Greene – Background Vocals . Brenda Bryant – Background Vocals . Almeda Lattimore – Background Vocals
Production : Produced By Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler . Tom Dowd – Engineer, . Arif Mardin – Engineer . Ron Albert – Engineer . Jimmy Douglass – Engineer . Lewis Hahn – Engineer . Chuck Kirkpatrick – Engineer
Package : Loring Eutemey – Cover Design . Jim Marshall – Photography . David Nathan – Liner Notes
Recorded May 27 And October 3, 1969 – March 10, 1970.
Released On August 24, 1970 By Atlantic.
Nuf said about Spirit in the Dark. If you’re into Aretha’s singing you already know the majesty and supreme power she’s capable of. Its all here: sweet soul music done as only Aretha Franklin can do it. […]
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for 1970’s “Spirit In the Dark”. It may sound stupid, but even though the album lacked the commercial sheen and appeal of some of her earlier albums, I attribute at least part of my affection to the fact it didn’t attract the massive sales and publicity of her mid-1960s catalog. […]
The album also benefits from great backup players: Both the Muscle Shoals rhythm section and the Dixie Flyers contributed to the sessionsand Duane Allman lends his guitar to a couple of tracks. […]