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
Length 35:16
Label Arista
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
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 the thirty-fifth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, released on Arista Records in the spring of 1989.

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. Selling approximately 225,000 copies in the United States, it was taken swiftly out of print shortly. 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. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gimme Your Love" (duet With James Brown) 5:19
2. "Mercy" 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) 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]"
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
  • Todd Cerney
4:47

Personnel[edit]

  • Walter Afanasieff – keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5), synth bass (1, 2, 4, 5), drum 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 – electric piano (7), synthesizer (7)
  • Four Tops – vocals (8)
  • Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, vocal engineer (1, 2, 4, 5), producer (3), acoustic piano (3), backing vocals (6, 7)
  • 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 KlyceFairlight CMI programming (1, 2, 4, 5), additional keyboards (5)
  • Jerry Knight – producer (8), bass guitar (8)
  • Robbie Kondor – synthesizer (3), acoustic piano (6), additional synthesizer (6)
  • Steve Kroon – percussion (3)
  • Edie Lehman – backing vocals (7)
  • Arif Mardin – producer (6, 7), arrangements (6, 7)
  • Joe Mardin – producer (6), programming (6), sequencing (6), recording (6), mixing (6)
  • Peter Max – front & back cover art
  • Marti McCall – backing vocals (7)
  • Sammy Merendino – additional drum samples (6)
  • David Paich – acoustic piano (7)
  • Claytoven Richardson – backing vocals (5)
  • Norman Parkinson – photography
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums (7)
  • John Robinson – drums (8)
  • Marc Russo – saxophone solo (1)
  • Corrado Rustici – guitar (1), rhythm guitar (5)
  • "Bongo" Bob Smith – drum programming (1)
  • Kent Smith – trumpet (6)
  • Andy Snitzer – tenor saxophone (6)
  • Narada Michael Walden – producer (1, 2, 4, 5), arrangements (1, 2, 4, 5), Simmons drums (1), Prophet synthesizer (2), Roland synthesizer (2)
  • Aaron Zigman – producer (8), keyboards (8), bass vocals (8)

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.