Sunday, October 17, 2021

Aretha Franklin - La Diva (1979)

Aretha Franklin - La Diva (1979)

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Side one

"Ladies Only" (Aretha Franklin) – 5:15

"It's Gonna Get a Bit Better" (Lalome Washburn) – 5:20

"What If I Should Ever Need You" (Charles H. Kipps) – 3:32

"Honey I Need Your Love" (Aretha Franklin) – 2:45

"I Was Made for You" (Clarence Franklin) – 4:03

Side two

"Only Star" (Aretha Franklin) – 5:04

"Reasons Why" (Skip Scarborough, Wanda Hutchinson, Wayne Vaughan) – 3:55

"You Brought Me Back to Life" (Van McCoy) – 4:24

"Half a Love" (Zulema Cusseaux) – 5:25

"The Feeling" (Van McCoy) – 4:45

Aretha Franklin Band Members / Musicians

Aretha Franklin – lead and backing vocals, rhythm arrangements (4)

Van McCoy – keyboards, backing vocals, rhythm arrangements (1, 3-5, 8, 10)

Kenneth Ascher, Richard Tee, Paul Griffin – keyboards

Ken Bichel – synthesizer, orchestra bells

Jack Cavari, Cornell Dupree, Tom Hanlon – guitar

Brian Aslop, Gordon Edwards – bass guitar

Chris Parker – drums

Errol "Crusher" Bennett, George Devens – percussion

Richard Gibbs – rhythm arrangements (2)

Arthur Jenkins – rhythm arrangements (6)

Skip Scarborough – rhythm arrangements (7)

Gene Orloff – conductor

Albert Bailey – backing vocals

Sharon Brown – backing vocals

Zulema Cusseaux – backing vocals, rhythm arrangements (9)

Diane Destry – backing vocals

Carolyn Franklin – backing vocals

Richard Harris – background vocals

Brenda Hilliard – backing vocals

Jerome Jackson – backing vocals

Pete Marshall – backing vocals

Pat Williamson – backing vocals

Producers – Charles Kipps and Van McCoy (Tracks 1-3, 5, 6, 8-10); Aretha Franklin (Track 4); Skip Scarborough (Track 7)

Engineers – Lee Decarlo and Alan Varner

Assistant engineers – Rick Delana, Brian Marine and John Terrell

Mastered by George Piros at Atlantic Studios (New York, NY)

La Diva is the 25th studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, released on September 6, 1979, by Atlantic Records. The album marked the end of her 12-year tenure with Atlantic and a run of 19 original albums. The album was a commercial flop as the singer attempted to make a comeback by recording a disco-oriented project with producer Van McCoy. It was McCoy's final work as he died in June of that year; the record was released as disco was running its course

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