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Greatest Hits: 1980-1994

Greatest Hits: 1980-1994

by Aretha Franklin

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This compilation collects the Queen of Soul's biggest hits from 1980-1994, after she left her legendary tenure with Atlantic and moved on to Arista. The material collected here is not quite as essential as her Atlantic recordings -- instead, the focus seems to weigh heavily toward middle-of-the-road, adult contemporary soul pop, which continued to translate into chart


This compilation collects the Queen of Soul's biggest hits from 1980-1994, after she left her legendary tenure with Atlantic and moved on to Arista. The material collected here is not quite as essential as her Atlantic recordings -- instead, the focus seems to weigh heavily toward middle-of-the-road, adult contemporary soul pop, which continued to translate into chart success, albeit a little more sporadic. This album includes her '80s smashes "Freeway of Love," "Jump to It," "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Another Night," and "Jimmy Lee," as well as her chart-topping 1987 duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," and her adult contemporary hit duet with Michael McDonald, "Everchanging Times." Also included is the soulful "Doctor's Orders" with ace crooner Luther Vandross, and "United Together," the greatest song Whitney Houston never recorded. This collection is not free of annoying omissions, among those are her essential duet with Eurythmics, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"; her hit duet with Elton John, "Through the Storm"; and her hit remake of the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." That song, however, is included as a bonus track on select pressings of the album. A few new tracks are thrown in, including the Babyface-penned, assembly-line ballad "Willing to Forgive," which became her first American Top 40 hit in five years, and her version of the Clivelles and Cole club anthem "A Deeper Love," which went on to top the dance charts. The album closes with two live tracks, one being "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" with Bonnie Raitt and Gloria Estefan, and the fantastically soulful "I Dreamed a Dream." Not a bad collection by any means, but some of the material is a little spotty, and it could have been quite better had they included all the hits.

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Sony/Bmg Int'l

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Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Keyboards
Gloria Estefan   Track Performer
Michael McDonald   Track Performer
George Michael   Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt   Track Performer
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Ronnie Wood   Guitar
Kenny G   Tenor Saxophone
Nat Adderley   Keyboards
Ronnie Cuber   Musician
David Friedman   Vibes
David Sancious   Synthesizer
Alex Foster   Musician
Burt Bacharach   Keyboards
David Foster   Keyboards
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone
Ray Gomez   Guitar
Charles Jackson   Background Vocals
Jeanie Tracy   Background Vocals
Hubert Eaves   Keyboards
Jennifer Hall   Background Vocals
Sweet Inspirations   Background Vocals
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Skip Anderson   Keyboards
Phillip Ballou   Background Vocals
Ortheia Barnes   Background Vocals
Tom Barney   Musician
Kitty Beethoven   Background Vocals
Errol Crusher Bennett   Conga
Michael Boddicker   Keyboards
Margaret Branch   Background Vocals
Estelle Brown   Background Vocals
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Robert Clivillés   Percussion,Drums
Michelle Cobbs   Background Vocals
David Cole   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tony Coleman   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Deborah Cooper   Background Vocals
Brenda Corbett   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Frank Crawford   Musician
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Kevin Dorsey   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Scott Edward   Bass
Scott Edwards   Bass
Lawrence Fratangelo   Musician
Earl Gardner   Musician
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Preston Glass   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vibes
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway   Percussion,Tambourine
Ed Greene   Drums
Everette Harp   Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Doc Powell   Guitar
Yogi Horton   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
James Jamerson   Bass
M. Birch Johnson   Musician
Steve Kroon   Conga,Triangle
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Chuck Leavell   Keyboards
Edie Lehmann   Background Vocals
Yvonne Lewis   Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Lou Marini   Musician
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Marti McCall   Background Vocals
Michael McGloiry   Guitar
Narada Michael Walden   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Jason Miles   Keyboards
Marcus Miller   Synthesizer,Bass,Rhythm
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Leon Pendarvis   Conductor
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Vicki Randle   Background Vocals
Keith Richards   Guitar
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Marc Russo   Saxophone
Corrado Rustici   Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Santana Rhythm Section   Percussion
Sylvia Shemwell   Background Vocals
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Rudolph Stanfield   Musician
Richard Tee   Keyboards
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Alfonso Thornton   Background Vocals
Jeannie Tracey   Background Vocals
Laundon Von Kendricks   Background Vocals
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Brenda White   Background Vocals
Bobby Wooten   Bass,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Keyboard Synthesizer,Synthesizer Strings
Walter Afanasieff   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Randy Jackson   Bass Guitar,Synthesizer Bass
Rick Iantosca   Acoustic Guitar
Theodore Richard White   Musician
Alan Prubin   Musician
David Earl Taylor   Musician
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
C+C Music Factory   Arranger,Producer
Aretha Franklin   Producer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Bonnie Raitt   Introduction
Rod Stewart   Introduction
Luther Vandross   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Larry Williams   Programming,Producer
Burt Bacharach   Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Producer
David Taylor   Contributor
Hubert Eaves   Composer,drum programming
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Michael Boddicker   Programming,Producer
Alain Boublil   Composer
Michael Brauer   Engineer
Paul Brown   Engineer
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer
Simon Climie   Composer
Robert Clivillés   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Cole   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Conley   Producer
Ricky Crespo   Programming,Producer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Lee DeCarlo   Engineer
Maureen Droney   Engineer
Larry Frantangelo   Contributor
Preston Glass   drum programming
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Michael Iacopelli   Engineer
James Jamerson   Basic Track
Frank Kejmar   Engineer
Robbie Kondor   Contributor
Steve Lillywhite   Engineer
Narada Michael Walden   Producer
Marcus Miller   rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Dennis Morgan   Composer
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Contributor
L.A. Reid   Producer,drum programming
Keith Richards   Composer,Producer
Bob Rosa   Engineer
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Harold Wheeler   Arranger
Bobby Wooten   Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Jim "Z" Zumpano   Engineer
Benjamin F. Wright   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Nathan   Liner Notes
David Frazer   Engineer
Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown   Producer
Walter Afanasieff   Programming,Producer
Maude Gilman   Art Direction
Edward James Olmos   Introduction
Ken Ehrlich   Producer
Jason Shablik   Engineer
Susan Mendola   Art Direction
Lee Decarlos   Engineer
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
Jim Lebadd   Cover Art
Jean-Marc Natel   Composer
Chuck Jackson   Producer

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