Sunday, October 17, 2021

Aretha Franklin - Through the Storm (1989)

Aretha Franklin - Through the Storm (1989)

Tracklist front / back album covers


Side one
1. "Gimme Your Love" (duet with James Brown)   5:19

2. "Mercy"   4:09

3. "He's the Boy"   4:06

4. "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (duet with Whitney Houston)   5:39


Side two
5. "Through the Storm" (duet with Elton John)   4:23

6. "Think (1989)"   3:39

7. "Come to Me"   3:43

8. "If Ever a Love There Was" (with the Four Tops and Kenny G)   4:47




Aretha Franklin Band Members / Musicians
Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, vocal engineer (1, 2, 4, 5), producer (3), acoustic piano (3), backing vocals (6, 7)
Walter Afanasieff – keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5), synthesizers (1, 2, 4, 5), programming (2, 4, 5), co-producer (4, 5)
Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals (1, 4, 5)
Chris Botti – trumpet (6)
Margaret Branch – backing vocals (6)
James Brown – lead vocals (1)
Lincoln Clapp – engineer (1, 2, 4, 5)
Marlene Cohen – art direction
Brenda Corbett – backing vocals (6)
Mike Davis – trombone (6)
George Devens – percussion (7)
David Foster – Fender Rhodes (7), synthesizers (7)
Four Tops – lead and backing vocals (8)
David Frazer – engineer (1, 2, 4, 5)
Siedah Garrett – backing vocals (2)
Kenny G – saxophone (8)
Gigi Gonaway – cymbal (2)
Reggie Griffin – guitar (6)
Kenneth Hitchcock – baritone saxophone (6)
Yogi Horton – drums (3)
Whitney Houston – lead vocals (4)
Rod Hui – recording (6), mixing (6)
Mike Iacopelli – recording (3), vocal recording (6)
Liz Jackson – backing vocals (1)
Skyler Jett – backing vocals (1, 5)
Elton John – lead vocals (5)
Louis Johnson – bass guitar (3, 7)
Melisa Kary – backing vocals (4, 5)
Steve Khan – guitar (3)
Darren Klein – engineer (8), mixing (8)
Ren Klyce – programming (1, 2, 4, 5), additional keyboards (5)
Jerry Knight – producer (8), bass guitar (8)
Robbie Kondor – synthesizers (3, 6), acoustic piano (6)
Steve Kroon – percussion (3)
Edie Lehman – backing vocals (7)
Arif Mardin – producer (6, 7), arrangements (6, 7)
Joe Mardin – producer (6), programming (6), sequencer (6), recording (6), mixing (6)
Peter Max – front and back cover art
Marti McCall – backing vocals (7)
Sammy Merendino – electronic drums (6)
David Paich – acoustic piano (7)
Claytoven Richardson – backing vocals (5)
Norman Parkinson – photography
Jeff Porcaro – drums (7)
John Robinson – drums (8)
Marc Russo – saxophone (1)
Corrado Rustici – guitar (1), rhythm guitar (5)
"Bongo" Bob Smith – programming (1)
Kent Smith – trumpet (6)
Andy Snitzer – tenor saxophone (6)
Narada Michael Walden – producer (1, 2, 4, 5), arrangements (1, 2, 4, 5), electronic drums (1), sequencer, synthesizers (2)
Aaron Zigman – producer (8), keyboards (8), bass vocals (8)




Through the Storm is the 32nd studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released on April 25, 1989, by Arista Records.

The title track (a duet with Elton John) was released as the album’s lead single, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite the success of its lead single, the album was ultimately unsuccessful, peaking at #55 on the Billboard 200, after spending 18 weeks on the chart.

The follow-up single, "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be", (a duet with Whitney Houston), failed to reach the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #41.


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