Sparkle (soundtrack)

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Music from the Warner Bros. Picture "Sparkle"
Sparkle (album).jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMay 27, 1976
RecordedApril–May 1976
StudioCurtom Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
GenreR&B, soul
ProducerCurtis Mayfield
Aretha Franklin chronology
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Music from the Warner Bros. Picture "Sparkle" is a soundtrack album by American singer Aretha Franklin, 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.

This album returned Aretha to gold status after two low-selling 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 "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
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Curtis Mayfield.[4]

  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)


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


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ link
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: F". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Palmer, Robert (12 August 1976). "Sparkle".
  4. ^