Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs

Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs

by Aretha Franklin


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Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs, released in 2008 by Arista/Legacy -- and then, bizarrely, retitled and repackaged only a year later as From the Heart -- draws from as far back as 1964 and as late as 2003, primarily anthologizing some of Aretha Franklin's most romantic songs from her Arista albums, but it's too scattershot to be one of the go-to compilations in her catalog. Almost half of the selections (most of the highlights, in fact) come from Aretha's pair of early-'80s Luther Vandross-driven albums, Jump to It and Get It Right, while the remainder of the studio albums through So Damn Happy are represented. A pair of standards from the '60s, "Unforgettable" and "Misty," seem thrown in to attract those who would otherwise disregard a set reliant on '80s and '90s cuts. (And frankly, it's easy to disregard such a thing when something as messy as the 1989 collaboration with James Brown, "Gimme Your Love," is involved.)

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2008
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886972162720
catalogNumber: 721627
Rank: 73774

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Aretha Franklin   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Luther Vandross   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer,Audio Production
Akua Dixon   String Arrangements
Robert Mersey   Producer,Audio Production
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Marcus Miller   rhythm arrangement
Clyde Otis   Producer,Audio Production
Leon Pendarvis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Michael J. Powell   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Riser   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Nat Adderley   rhythm arrangement
Corey Rooney   Producer,Audio Production
Lauryn Hill   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Harry Langdon   Tray Photo
Adi Yeshaya   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Jeremy Holiday   Packaging Manager

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