Aretha (1980 album)

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Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released October 25, 1980
Recorded April-July, 1980
Genre Soul, Funk, Pop, R&B
Length 39:23
Label Arista
Producer Chuck Jackson, Todd Cochrane, Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin, Keith Richards, Narada Michael Walden
Aretha Franklin chronology
La Diva
Aretha Sings the Blues
Singles from Aretha
  1. "United Together"
    Released: May 24, 1980
  2. "What A Fool Believes"
    Released: June 1980 (UK)[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau B- [3]

Aretha is the twenty-eighth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on October 25, 1980 by Arista Records. Franklin's first Arista single release, "United Together", reached #3 on the Soul chart and crossed over to #56 on Billboard's Hot 100. The album itself peaked at #47 and spent 30 weeks on Billboard's main album chart, eventually selling close to 350,000 copies.

It was recently re-issued by SoulMusic Records.[4] This was the second album with this title to be released by the artist, and her first ever for Arista after a 12-year tenure with Atlantic Records. Other Franklin albums titled "Aretha" were also released in 1986 and 1961. The disc's opening track, "Come To Me", appeared again on her 1989 album, Through The Storm.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Come To Me"   Willard Gene Price 3:42
2. "I Can't Turn You Loose"   Otis Redding 3:55
3. "United Together"   Phil Perry, Chuck Jackson 5:02
4. "Take Me With You"   Phil Perry, Terry Coleman, Chuck Jackson 4:05
5. "Whatever It Is"   Mark Gary, Eddie Setser, Jerry Michael 3:38
6. "What a Fool Believes"   Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald 5:13
7. "Together Again"   Franklin, Phil Perry, Chuck Jackson 3:34
8. "Love Me Forever"   Franklin, Rev. Patrick Henderson, Kenny Moore 4:47
9. "School Days"   Aretha Franklin 4:54


  • Produced By Chuck Jackson and Arif Mardin
  • Engineers: Lee DeCarlo, Lewis Hahn, Frank Kejmar, Jeremy Smith
  • Assistant Engineers: Michael O'Reilly, Stewart Whitmore
  • Mixing: Reginald Dozier
  • Re-mixing: Lewis Hahn, Arif Mardin, Michael O'Reilly, Gene Paul
  • Re-Mix Assistant: Joe Mardin
  • Mastering: Ken Perry, Bill Inglot