Through the Storm (Aretha Franklin album)

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Through the Storm
Through the Storm.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 27, 1989
Recorded1988
Genre
Length35:16
LabelArista
Producer
Aretha Franklin chronology
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
(1987)
Through the Storm
(1989)
What You See Is What You Sweat
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Msn Music3.5/5 stars[3]
Artist direct3/5 stars[4]

Through the Storm is the thirty-second studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released on April 27, 1989, by Arista Records.

Despite the number 16 Billboard Hot 100 hit title track (a duet with Elton John), the album was not a commercial success; it reached number 55 on the Billboard 200. 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 top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 41. Other guest artists included 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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gimme Your Love" (duet with James Brown)5:19
2."Mercy"4:09
3."He's the Boy"Aretha Franklin4:06
4."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (duet with Whitney Houston)5:39
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Through the Storm" (duet with Elton John)
  • Albert Hammond
  • Diane Warren
4:23
2."Think (1989)[6]"3:39
3."Come to Me[7]"Willard Eugene Price3:43
4."If Ever a Love There Was[8]" (with the Four Tops and Kenny G)
  • Pamela Phillips Oland
  • Todd Cerney
4:47

Personnel[edit]

  • Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, vocal engineer (1, 2, 4, 5), producer (3), piano (3), backing vocals (6, 7)
  • Walter Afanasieff – keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5), synthesizer (1, 2, 4, 5), programming (2, 4, 5), co-producer (4, 5)
  • Kitty Beethoven – backing vocals (1, 4, 5)
  • Chris Botti – trumpet (6)
  • Margaret Branch – backing vocals (6)
  • James Brown – lead vocals (1)
  • Lincoln Clapp – engineer (1, 2, 4, 5)
  • Marlene Cohen – art direction
  • Brenda Corbett – backing vocals (6)
  • Mike Davis – trombone (6)
  • George Devens – percussion (7)
  • David Foster – piano, Fender Rhodes (7), synthesizer (7)
  • Four Tops – lead and backing vocals (8)
  • David Frazer – engineer (1, 2, 4, 5)
  • Siedah Garrett – backing vocals (2)
  • Kenny G – saxophone (8)
  • Greg Gigi Gonaway – cymbal (2)
  • Reggie Griffin – guitar (6)
  • Kenneth Hitchcock – baritone saxophone (6)
  • Yogi Horton – drums (3)
  • Whitney Houston – lead vocals (4)
  • Rod Hui – recording (6), mixing (6)
  • Mike Iacopelli – recording (3), vocal recording (6)
  • Liz Jackson – backing vocals (1)
  • Skyler Jett – backing vocals (1, 5)
  • Elton John – lead vocals (5)
  • Louis Johnson – bass guitar (3, 7)
  • Melisa Kary – backing vocals (4, 5)
  • Steve Khan – guitar (3)
  • Darren Klein – engineer (8), mixing (8)
  • Ren Klyce – programming (1, 2, 4, 5), additional keyboards (5)
  • Jerry Knight – producer (8), bass guitar (8)
  • Robbie Kondor – synthesizer (3, 6), piano (6)
  • Steve Kroon – percussion (3)
  • Edie Lehman – backing vocals (7)
  • Arif Mardin – producer (6, 7), arrangements (6, 7)
  • Joe Mardin – producer (6), programming (6), sequencer (6), recording (6), mixing (6)
  • Peter Max – front and back cover art
  • Marti McCall – backing vocals (7)
  • Sammy Merendino – electronic drums (6)
  • David Paich – piano (7)
  • Claytoven Richardson – backing vocals (5)
  • Norman Parkinson – photography
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums (7)
  • John Robinson – drums (8)
  • Marc Russo – saxophone (1)
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar (1), rhythm guitar (5)
  • "Bongo" Bob Smith – programming (1)
  • Kent Smith – trumpet (6)
  • Andy Snitzer – tenor saxophone (6)
  • Narada Michael Walden – producer (1, 2, 4, 5), arrangements (1, 2, 4, 5), electronic drums (1), sequencer, synthesizer (2)
  • Aaron Zigman – producer (8), keyboards (8), bass vocals (8)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 61
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[10] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 46
US Billboard 200[14] 55
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 21

References[edit]

  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)". FunkyTownGrooves.com. FunkyTownGrooves.com. 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.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Aretha Franklin – Through the Storm" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Aretha Franklin – Through the Storm". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Aretha Franklin – Through the Storm". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Aretha Franklin – Through the Storm". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Aretha Franklin | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2018.