Through the Storm (Aretha Franklin album)

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Through The Storm
Through the Storm.jpg
Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released May, 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop, rock, R&B
Length 35:16
Label Arista
Producer Narada Michael Walden
Arif Mardin
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin chronology
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
Through The Storm
What You See Is What You Sweat
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]
Msn Music 3.5/5 stars[3]
Artist direct 3/5 stars[4]

Through the Storm is an album by Aretha Franklin, released on Arista Records in the spring of 1989.

Despite the hit title track - a duet with superstar Elton John - the album was a sales disappointment, peaking at #55. It sold about 225,000 copies in the United States and was taken out of print shortly afterwards. The follow-up single, "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be," a duet with Whitney Houston, failed to make the pop Top 40. Other guest artists were James Brown, The Four Tops and Kenny G.

The album was remastered and re-released as an "Expanded Edition" in December 2014 by Funky Town Grooves, with bonus tracks and a second CD of material.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gimme Your Love" (Duet With James Brown) Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen 5:19
2. "Mercy"   Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard 4:09
3. "He's The Boy"   Aretha Franklin 4:06
4. "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Duet With Whitney Houston) Albert Hammond, Diane Warren 5:39
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Through The Storm" (Duet With Elton John) Albert Hammond, Diane Warren 4:23
2. "Think (1989)[6]"   Aretha Franklin, Ted White 3:39
3. "Come To Me[7]"   Willard Eugene Price 3:43
4. "If Ever A Love There Was[8]" (with the Four Tops and Kenny G.) Pamela Phillips Oland, Tedd Cerney 4:47



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Through the Storm review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  3. ^ Msn Music review
  4. ^ Artist direct review
  5. ^ "Through The Storm (2 CD Deluxe Edition)". Archived from the original on January 30, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ The fourth recorded version of the song by Aretha Franklin, which was originally included on Aretha Now and released as a single in 1968. Two different versions of the song were recorded for the Blues Brothers movie. Franklin lip-synched to one version in the movie, with a different version appearing on the soundtrack.
  7. ^ Remixed edition of song first released on Franklin's 1980 Arista debut, Aretha.
  8. ^ Originally recorded on the 1988 Four Tops album Indestructible, their sole release for Arista Records, which was also Franklin's label at the time.