Sunday, October 17, 2021

Aretha Franklin - Sweet Passion (1977)


Aretha Franklin - Sweet Passion (1977)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Side one

"Break It To Me Gently" (Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager) - 3:21

"When I Think About You" (Aretha Franklin) - 4:46

"What I Did for Love" (Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban) - 5:17

"No One Could Ever Love You More" (Lamont Dozier) - 3:36

"A Tender Touch" (Aretha Franklin) - 3:58


Side two

"Touch Me Up" (Lamont Dozier)- 4:38

"Sunshine Will Never Be The Same" (Lamont Dozier) - 3:36

"Meadows of Springtime" (Aretha Franklin) - 5:26

"Mumbles / I've Got the Music in Me" (Clark Terry, Aretha Franklin, Bias Boshell) - 3:40

"Sweet Passion" (Aretha Franklin) - 7:12



Aretha Franklin Band Members / Musicians

Aretha Franklin – vocals, keyboards (5, 9, 10)

H.B. Barnum – rhythm arrangements (2, 3, 5, 8-10), horn arrangements (2, 3, 5, 8-10), string arrangements (2, 3, 5, 8, 10), keyboards (5)

Ray Brown – bass guitar (3, 8, 9)

Sonny Burke – keyboards (2, 3, 4, 6, 7)

Joe Clayton – congas (1), percussion (5)

Gary Coleman – percussion (2, 4, 6, 7, 10)

Ronald Coleman – keyboards (2, 4, 6, 7)

Lamont Dozier – rhythm arrangements (4, 7)

Scott Edwards – bass guitar (2, 4, 6, 7, 10)

James Gadson – drums (2, 4, 6, 7, 10)

McKinley Jackson – rhythm arrangements (4, 6, 7), horn arrangements (6)

Harold Mason – drums (1, 3, 5, 8, 9)

Craig McMillian – guitar (3, 8, 9)

Mike Morgan – guitar (3, 8, 9)

Gene Page – horn and string arrangements (4, 7)

David Paich – keyboards (1)

Ray Parker Jr. – guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10)

Chuck Rainey – bass guitar (1, 5)

Lee Ritenour – guitar (1, 4-6, 10)

Sylvester Rivers – keyboards (1, 3, 8, 9)

Bob Zimmitti – percussion (3, 8, 9)

 

Producers – Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer-Sager (Track 1); Lamont Dozier and Aretha Franklin (Tracks 2-10)

Co-Producers on Track 1 – David Paich and Marty Paich

Engineers – Frank Kemjar (Tracks 1, 5 & 10); Reginald Dozier (Tracks 2, 4, 6-8); Barney Perkins (3, 6 & 9)

Mixing – Reginald Dozier (Tracks 2-10); Barney Perkins (Track 6)

Recorded and Mixed at ABC Recording Studios (Los Angeles, CA) and Whitney Recording Studios (Glendale, CA)

Track 1 mixed at Studio 55 (Los Angeles, CA)

Mastered by Dennis King at Atlantic Studios (New York, NY)

Art Direction – Bob Defrin

Photography – David Alexander




Sweet Passion is the 23rd studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released on May 19, 1977, by Atlantic Records. Following Franklin's Gold-certified 1976 soundtrack album, Sparkle, she paired up with Motown producer Lamont Dozier to produce Sweet Passion. It was, however, a commercial and critical failure.

The album's lead single, "Break It To Me Gently", topped the Billboard R&B chart but peaked at #85 on the Hot 100 and dropped off the chart after two weeks.

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