Spirit in the Dark

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Spirit in the Dark
Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released August 24, 1970
Recorded May 27, 1969
October 3, 1969-March 10, 1970
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 40:28
Label Atlantic (#8265),
Rhino (1994 Re-release)
Producer Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
This Girl's in Love with You
Spirit in the Dark
Aretha Live at Fillmore West
Singles from Spirit in the Dark
  1. "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)"
    Released: May, 1970
  2. "Spirit in the Dark"/"The Thrill Is Gone"
    Released: August, 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [3]

Spirit in the Dark is the nineteenth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on August 24, 1970 by Atlantic Records. It received mostly positive reviews, but was met with middling sales, despite having two hit singles, "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", which peaked at #1 R&B, #11 on the Hot 100, and "Spirit in the Dark", peaking at #3 R&B and #23 Hot 100, in Billboard magazine. It was Aretha's first Atlantic album to fall short of Billboard's Top 20, but it is now considered to be one of Aretha's classic Atlantic LPs. In 1994, Rhino Records re-issued this recording on compact disc. Kanye West has sampled the album title song in his "School Spirit", found on the album The College Dropout.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" (Ahmet Ertegün, Betty Nelson) - 3:02
  2. "The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday's Kiss)" (Rick Darnell, Roy Hawkins) - 4:41
  3. "Pullin'" (Carolyn Franklin, Jimmy Radcliffe) - 3:38
  4. "You and Me" (Aretha Franklin) - 3:34
  5. "Honest I Do" (Ewart Abner, Jimmy Reed) - 3:19
  6. "Spirit in the Dark" (Aretha Franklin) - 4:03
  7. "When the Battle Is Over" (Jessie Hill, Malcolm Rebennack) - 2:43
  8. "One Way Ticket" (Aretha Franklin)- 2:52
  9. "Try Matty's" (Aretha Franklin) - 2:32
  10. "That's All I Want from You" (Fritz Rotter) - 2:44
  11. "Oh No Not My Baby" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:55
  12. "Why I Sing the Blues" (Dave Clark, Riley King) - 3:05


Chart History[edit]

Name Chart (1970) Peak
Spirit in the Dark U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 25
Spirit in the Dark U.S. Top R&B Albums 2


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Amatneek, Bill (November 12, 1970). "Aretha Franklin: Spirit in the Dark : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 

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