Sunday, October 17, 2021

Aretha Franklin - Aretha (1986)


Aretha Franklin - Aretha (1986)


Tracklist front / back album covers


1. "Jimmy Lee"   5:47

2. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael)   4:01

3. "Do You Still Remember"   5:10

4. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"   5:10

5. "Rock-A-Lott"   6:21

6. "An Angel Cries"   4:59

7. "He'll Come Along"   4:11

8. "If You Need My Love Tonight" (with Larry Graham)   4:30

9. "Look to the Rainbow"   5:14



Aretha Franklin Band Members / Musicians

Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, acoustic piano (4)

George Michael – lead vocals (2)

Larry Graham – lead vocals (8)

Walter Afanasieff – acoustic piano (1), synthesizers (1-3, 5, 6), Moog synth bass (2), programming (2, 3), keyboards (8)

David Sancious – synthesizers (1), harp (3), synth horns (5)

Chuck Leavell – keyboards (4)

Nick Johnson – keyboards (7)

Nat Adderley Jr. – keyboards (9)

Corrado Rustici – Charvel MIDI guitar synthesizer (1, 2, 5), guitar (8)

Keith Richards – lead guitar (4)

Allen Rogan – guitar (4)

Ronnie Wood – guitar (4)

Vernon "Ice" Black – guitar (6)

Teddy White – rhythm guitar (6)

Greg Porée – guitar (7)

David T. Walker – guitar (7)

Doc Powell – guitar (9)

Randy Jackson – acoustic bass (1), bass guitar (2-4, 6, 8), Moog bass (5)

James Jamerson, Jr. – bass guitar (7)

Francisco Centeno – bass guitar (9)

Narada Michael Walden – drums (1-3, 5, 6, 8), acoustic piano intro (1), programming (6), percussion (8)

Steve Jordan – drums (4)

James Gadson – drums (7)

Yogi Horton – drums (9)

Preston Glass – drum programming (2), percussion (2), bells (3), keyboards (8)

Gigi Gonaway – tambourine (2), percussion (2, 5), timbales (5), backing vocals (5)

Jason Martin – cymbal (5)

Paul Rekow – congas (6), shekere (6)

Orestes Vilato – timbales (6), cowbell (6)

Daryl "Munyungo" Jackson – percussion (7)

Kenny G – tenor saxophone (1)

Marc Russo – alto saxophone (1)

Eddie Mininfield – tenor saxophone (5)

David Wallace – trombone (1)

Jerry Hey – trumpet (1), horn arrangement (1), string arrangement (2, 3, 6, 8)

Ernie Fields, Jr. – horns (7)

Charles Veal – strings (7)

Sanford Allen – strings (9)

Gil Askey – horn, rhythm and string arrangements (7); conductor (7)

Paul Riser – horn, rhythm and string arrangements (9)

Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals (2, 5, 6)

Kevin Dorsey – backing vocals (2, 3, 5, 6)

Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (2, 3, 5, 6)

Jennifer Hall – backing vocals (2, 3, 5, 6)

Myrna Matthews – backing vocals (2, 3, 6)

Claytoven Richardson – backing vocals (2, 5)

Jeanie Tracy – backing vocals (2, 3, 6)

Ortheia Barnds – backing vocals (4)

Margaret Branch – backing vocals (4, 7)

Brenda Corbett – backing vocals (4, 7)

Dana Joe Chappelle – backing vocals (5)

Janice Lee – backing vocals (5)

Cynthia Shiloh – backing vocals (5)

Anukampa Walden – backing vocals (5)

Liz Jackson – backing vocals (6)

Esther Ridgeway – backing vocals (7)

Gloria Ridgeway – backing vocals (7)


Producers – Narada Michael Walden (tracks 1-3, 5 & 6); Keith Richards (track 4); Aretha Franklin (tracks 7 & 9)

Recording engineers – David Frazier (tracks 1-3, 5 & 6); Steve Lillywhite (track 4); Russ Terrana (track 7); Jim Dougherty (track 9)

Assistant engineer – Dana Jon Chappelle

Additional assistant engineers – Maureen Droney, Mike Iacopelli, Gordon Lyon, Jim "Watts" Vereecke and Lenette Viegas

Additional engineers – Dana Jon Chappelle (track 2 & 5); Maureen Droney (track 2); Gordon Lyon (track 3); Mike Iacopelli (track 4); Mark Roule (track 9)

Mixing – David Frazier (tracks 1-6 & 8); Mike Iacopelli (track 7 & 9)

Vocal engineer (track 7 & 9) – Mike Iacopelli

Recording studios – Tarpan Recording Studios (San Rafael, CA); The Plant Studios (Los Angeles, CA); The Automatt (San Francisco, CA); Studio "D" (Sausalito, CA); Motown Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA); Sigma Sound Studios (New York, NY); Electric Lady Studios (New York, NY); United Sound Systems (Detroit, Michigan)


Artwork

Art direction – Steven Shmerler

Design and layout – Maude Gilman

Photography – John Pinderhughes

Front cover art and line drawings – Andy Warhol




Aretha is the 31st studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, originally released on October 27, 1986 by Arista Records. It is the third album with the Aretha title to be released by Franklin, following her 1961 album and 1980 album.

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