Sparkle (Aretha Franklin album)

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Music from the Warner Bros. Picture "Sparkle"
Soundtrack album by Aretha Franklin
Released May 27, 1976
Recorded April–May, 1976 at
Curtom Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre R&B, Soul
Label Atlantic, Rhino Records, Flashback Records, Curtom Records
Producer Curtis Mayfield
Aretha Franklin chronology
You
(1975)
Sparkle
(1976)
Sweet Passion
(1977)
Curtis Mayfield chronology
There's No Place Like America Today
(1975)
Sparkle
(1976)
Give, Get, Take and Have
(1976)

Music from the Warner Bros. Picture "Sparkle" is the twenty-fourth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin album, written and produced by Curtis Mayfield. Released on May 27, 1976, the disc is the soundtrack album for the 1976 Warner Bros. motion picture Sparkle, starring Irene Cara. The songs on the soundtrack feature the instrumental tracks and backing vocals from the film versions, with Franklin's voice taking the place of the original lead vocalists.

Despite mixed reviews, this album returned Aretha to gold status after two failed albums. The first single release, "Something He Can Feel", was a #1 R&B hit for her and reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it was Aretha's only Pop Top 40 hit during the second half of the 1970s. The album itself reached the Top 20 of Billboard's main album chart and was certified Gold for US sales of over 500,000 copies. In 2009, it was reissued on Rhino Records' budget Flashback Records label. The songs "(Giving Him) Something He Can Feel" and "Hooked on Your Love" were covered by En Vogue on their 1992 multi-platinum hit album Funky Divas.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (not rated) link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Curtis Mayfield.

  1. "Sparkle" (4:13)
  2. "Something He Can Feel" (6:21)
  3. "Hooked on Your Love" (5:00)
  4. "Look into Your Heart" (4:04)
  5. "I Get High" (4:11)
  6. "Jump" (2:19)
  7. "Loving You Baby" (3:48)
  8. "Rock with Me" (3:11)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200 18
U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums 1

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Something He Can Feel" Billboard Hot 100 28
Hot Soul Singles 1

See also[edit]