Aretha (1980 album)

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Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released October, 1980
Recorded April-July, 1980
Genre Soul, Funk, Pop
Length 39:23
Label Arista
Producer Chuck Jackson, Arif Mardin, Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin chronology
La Diva
(1979)La Diva1979
Aretha Sings the Blues
(1980)Aretha Sings the Blues1980
Singles from Aretha
  1. "United Together"
    Released: October, 1980 (US)
  2. "What A Fool Believes"
    Released: February, 1981 (US)[1]
  3. "Come To Me"
    Released: May, 1981 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau B- [3]

Aretha is the twenty-ninth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on September 30, 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 (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9) and Arif Mardin (Tracks 1, 2, 6 & 8).
  • Co-Producer on Track 9: Aretha Franklin
  • Engineers: Lee DeCarlo and Frank Kejmar (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9); Jeremy Smith (Tracks 1, 2, 6 & 8).
  • Additional Engineer: Lewis Hahn
  • Assistant Engineers: Michael O'Reilly, Stewart Whitmore
  • Mixing on Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9: Reginald Dozier
  • Re-mixing: Lewis Hahn and Gene Paul (Tracks 1-7 & 9); Arif Mardin and Michael O'Reilly (Track 8).
  • Re-Mix Assistant on Track 8: Joe Mardin
  • Recorded at MCA Whitney Recording Studios (Glendale, CA), Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA), Sound Labs Studios (Hollywood, CA) and Atlantic Studios (New York, NY).
  • Edited at Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Mixed at MCA Whitney Recording Studios and Cherokee Studios.
  • Mastering: Ken Perry and Bill Inglot at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction and Design: Ria Lewerke-Shapiro
  • Photography: George Hurrell