Jump to It

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Jump to It
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Studio album by Aretha Franklin
ReleasedJuly, 1982
StudioMediasound Studios, N.Y., Record Plant, L.A., The Village Recorder, L.A., Soundsuite, Detroit.
GenreR&B
Length42:40
LabelArista
ProducerLuther Vandross, Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin chronology
Love All the Hurt Away
(1981)
Jump to It
(1982)
Get It Right
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Jump to It is the twenty-eighth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, produced by Luther Vandross and released in July 1982.

Background[edit]

This album gave Franklin her tenth number 1 R&B album – at the time it was the all-time record. It enjoyed a seven–week run at #1 on Billboard's R&B albums chart and also reached number 23 on Billboard's main album chart. It was hailed as a comeback album, given that it provided Franklin with her first Gold-certified disc and Top 40 song since Sparkle in 1976.

The title track, "Jump to It", was Franklin's first Pop Top 40 hit since 1976, and her first number 1 R&B hit since 1977's "Break It To Me Gently". The infectious song was nominated for a Grammy Award. The album itself received an American Music Award for Best Soul Album in 1983.

Commercial performance[edit]

On February 1, 1983, The "Jump to It" album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Franklin was presented her framed Gold record in Detroit by her long-time friends the Four Tops. In 2005, Patrick Alavi released "Come to Me" which used a sample of "Jump to It".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jump to It" (Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller) - 6:40
  2. "Love Me Right" (Vandross) - 4:10
  3. "If She Don't Want Your Lovin'" (Sam Dees) - 5:36
  4. "This Is for Real" (Vandross) - 4:45
  5. "(It's Just) Your Love" (Vandross, Miller) - 4:10
  6. "I Wanna Make It Up to You" (Franklin) - 6:00
  7. "It's Your Thing" (O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley) - 4:10
  8. "Just My Daydream" (Smokey Robinson) - 5:55

Personnel[edit]

Performers[edit]

  • Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, rhythm arrangements (6, 7, 8), vocal arrangements (6, 7, 8)
  • Doc Powell – guitar (1-8)
  • Steve Love – guitar solo (7)
  • Marcus Miller – bass guitar (1, 2, 4-7), synthesizer (1), synthesizer and rhythm arrangements (1), keyboards (2)
  • Francisco Centeno – bass guitar (3)
  • Louis Johnson – bass guitar (8)
  • Yogi Horton – drums (1, 3-8)
  • Buddy Williams – drums (2)
  • Errol "Crusher" Bennett – congas (1), percussion (3, 4, 5, 8)
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (7)
  • Nat Adderley Jr. – keyboards (1, 3-8), rhythm arrangements (3-8)
  • Luther Vandross – backing vocals (1, 2, 5), keyboards (2), rhythm arrangements (2, 4, 5, 7), vocal arrangements (2, 3, 5, 8)
  • George Duke – acoustic piano (5)
  • Sonny Burke – keyboards (8)
  • Paul Riser – string arrangements (2, 4, 6), horn arrangements (4, 6)
  • Leon Pendarvis – horn and string arrangements (3, 5, 8)
  • Jerry Hey – horn and string arrangements (7)
  • George Young – soprano saxophone (4)
  • Brenda White – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Cissy Houston – backing vocals (1, 3, 5, 8)
  • Fonzi Thornton – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Michelle Cobbs – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Phillip Ballou – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Tawatha Agee – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Norma Jean Wright – backing vocals (2)
  • Alexandra Brown – backing vocals (3)
  • Darlene Love – backing vocals (3, 5, 8)
  • Paulette McWilliams – backing vocals (3)
  • Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals (3, 5, 8)
  • Brenda Corbett – backing vocals (5, 7)
  • Four Tops – backing vocals and vocal arrangements (6)
  • Levi Stubbs – lead vocals (6)
  • Erma Franklin – backing vocals (7)
  • Pam Vincent – backing vocals (7)
  • Sandra Dance – backing vocals (7)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Luther Vandross (Tracks 1-5, 7 & 8); Aretha Franklin (Track 6).
  • Production Coordination – Sephra Herman
  • Recorded and Mixed by Michael Brauer
  • Additional Engineers – Carl Beatty and Lee Keifer
  • Assistant Engineers – Michael Christopher, Karat Faye, John Hanlon, Harry Spiridakis, Don Wershba and Warren Woods.
  • Recorded at Media Sound Studios (New York, NY), Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA), The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA) and Soundsuite (Detroit, MI).
  • Music Contractors – Sephra Herman and Trevor Veitch
  • Art Direction and Design – Ria Lewerke-Shapiro
  • Photography – Harry Langdon
  • Lettering – Sue Reilly

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. Jump to It review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Jump to It review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  3. ^ link

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