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Sings The Great Diva Classics

Sings The Great Diva Classics

by Aretha Franklin


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Clive Davis signed Aretha Franklin to Arista in 1980 and helped pull the queen of soul out of a commercial slump. Through timely collaborations with the likes of Arif Mardin, Luther Vandross, and Narada Michael Walden, Aretha scored six consecutive Top Ten R&B albums, all as part of Davis' roster. Davis left Arista in 2000. Aretha followed shortly thereafter, released a Christmas album, and had difficulty finding a distributor for her self-released A Woman Falling Out of Love, most likely her least popular studio album. In 2014, Aretha and Davis reunited for this all-covers affair. The latter once again rolled out the red carpet. Babyface and Antonio Dixon produced most of the songs, while the list of background vocalists and instrumentalists, including Cissy Houston, Tawatha Agee, Fonzi Thornton, and Greg Phillinganes, is bound to excite old heads. Aretha sounds like she had a ball. The energy she put into these versions helps make up for the vocal shortcomings and audible use of Auto-Tune. She could have played it simple and straight, yet she clearly enjoyed the recording process, from melismatic accents to an abundance of personalized touches, such as the "raggedy hooptie" added to "Midnight Train to Georgia," and the "ham hocks and greens" thrown into a swinging André 3000-produced "Nothing Compares 2 U." Highlighted by a reggae makeover of Alicia Keys' "No One," this is high on star power and exuberance.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888750225122
catalogNumber: 502251
Rank: 7003

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano
Keisha Jackson   Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Glenn Fischbach   Cello
Tim Gant   Keyboards
Larry Gold   Conductor
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Keith Henderson   Guitar
Joi   Background Vocals
Debra Killings   Background Vocals
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Eric Kupper   Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Strings,fender rhodes
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone,Soloist
Steve Wolf   Drums
Darian Emory   Horn
Babyface   Guitar
Ethan Farmer   Bass
Emma Kummrow   Violin
James "Big Jim" Wright   Piano,Hammond B3
Jerry Freeman   Horn
Andrew Hey   Guitar
Michael Ripoll   Guitar
Antonio Dixon   Percussion
Steve Tirpak   Trumpet
Jason Freeman   Horn
Carmen Reece   Background Vocals
David Barnett   Viola
Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs   Keyboards
Jorel "J-Fly" Flynn   Drums
Phil Seed   Guitar
Charles Parker   Violin
James "Jigga" Edwards   Keyboards
Jonathan Kim   Viola
Kevin Hendricks   Piano,Keyboards
Jonathan Shaw   Trumpet
"Big" John Sherrell   Bass
LaTrelle Simmons   Background Vocals
Jennifer Lee   Violin
Guillame Combet   Violin
Jarred Antonocci   Trombone
Dayne Anderson   Violin
Blake Epsy   Violin

Technical Credits

Aretha Franklin   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Prince   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Clive Davis   Producer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Larry Gold   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Mack Gordon   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Eric Kupper   Programming,Producer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Bob Merrill   Composer
Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Dave Rowland   Engineer
William Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Terry Hunter   Arranger,Producer
André Benjamin   Producer
Harvey Mason   Producer,Vocal Producer
Anthony Dent   Composer
Alice Butts   Art Direction
Andrew Hey   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Beyoncé Knowles   Composer
Mathew Knowles   Composer
Paul Epworth   Composer
Joey Fernandez   Engineer
Alicia Keys   Composer
John Hanes   Engineer
Dapo Torimiro   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Antonio Dixon   Producer,drum programming
Carla Prather   Vocal Arrangements
Terisa Griffin   Vocal Arrangements
Adele Adkins   Composer
DJ Wayne Williams   Arranger,Producer
George M. Harry   Composer
Underdogs   Producer,Instrumentation
Ken Oriole   Engineer
Whitney Martin   Assistant Contractor
Kerry Brothers   Composer

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