Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998

Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998

by Aretha Franklin
     
 

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Legacy's Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998 is the first serious attempt at chronicling Aretha's RCA and Arista recordings since her stint at the label wrapped up. In between 1994's Greatest Hits (1980-1994) and this 2012 collection, there was 2003's Platinum & Gold, released as part of BMG's

Overview

Legacy's Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998 is the first serious attempt at chronicling Aretha's RCA and Arista recordings since her stint at the label wrapped up. In between 1994's Greatest Hits (1980-1994) and this 2012 collection, there was 2003's Platinum & Gold, released as part of BMG's ongoing new millennium midline series, which hit the high points but also shoehorned in "Respect" and "Think," two classics that don't fit in this context even when placed at the beginning of the collection. Knew You Were Waiting never attempts to disguise itself as something other than a retrospective of the Queen's last act and, by doing so, it makes a convincing case that Aretha's '80s work was pretty strong on its own merits. Most of the record is devoted to her work with Narada Michael Walden -- the producer behind her smash 1985 LP Who's Zoomin' Who, he has credits on seven of the 16 cuts here, including the hits "Freeway of Love," "Who's Zoomin' Who," the George Michael duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," the Elton John duet "Through the Storm," and the Whitney Houston duet "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" -- and this crisp, synth-heavy soul-pop remains bright and cheery, having aged particularly well. So have the early-'80s quiet storm "United Together," "Love All the Hurt Away," and the two Luther Vandross productions "Jump to It" and "Get It Right," all four sleekly appealing in their smooth surfaces, leaving the '90s coda as the only cuts that don't quite convince, but even so, Knew You Were Waiting is a more than worthwhile chronicle of the Queen of Soul's late-career peak.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0886979978027
catalogNumber:
5003347

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Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Keyboards
Sylvester   Background Vocals
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Ronnie Wood   Guitar
Kenny G   Tenor Saxophone
David Sancious   Synthesizer
Burt Bacharach   Keyboards
David Foster   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone,Soloist
Carolyn Franklin   Background Vocals
Ray Gomez   Guitar,Soloist
Jeanie Tracy   Background Vocals
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Jennifer Hall   Background Vocals
Annie Lennox   Keyboards,Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Phillip Ballou   Background Vocals
Ortheia Barnes   Background Vocals
Kitty Beethoven   Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Organ
Errol Crusher Bennett   Conga
Michael Boddicker   Keyboards
Margaret Branch   Background Vocals
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Michelle Cobbs   Background Vocals
Tony Coleman   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Brenda Corbett   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Eddie Daniels   Alto Saxophone
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Kevin Dorsey   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Scott Edward   Bass
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Preston Glass   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Bells,Vibes
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway   Percussion,Tambourine
Everette Harp   Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Doc Powell   Guitar
Yogi Horton   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
James Jamerson   Bass
Louis Johnson   Bass
Melisa Kary   Background Vocals
Ren Klyce   Fairlight CMI
Steve Kroon   Conga,Triangle
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Chuck Leavell   Keyboards
Yvonne Lewis   Background Vocals
Stan Lynch   Drums
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Marti McCall   Background Vocals
Narada Michael Walden   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Marcus Miller   Synthesizer,Bass
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Vicki Randle   Background Vocals
Keith Richards   Guitar
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
Marc Russo   Alto Saxophone
Corrado Rustici   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Santana Rhythm Section   Percussion
Dave Stewart   Guitar,Keyboards
Richard Tee   Keyboards
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Laundon Von Kendricks   Background Vocals
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Brenda White   Background Vocals
Mark Stevens   Background Vocals
Walter Afanasieff   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Randy Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Nat Adderley   Keyboards
Lauryn Hill   Background Vocals
Johari Newton   Guitar
James Poiser   Piano
Indigo Quartet   Strings
Steve Jordan   Drums
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar
Ed Green   Drums
Vere Isaac   Bass
Charles Jackson   Background Vocals
Buzz Feiten   Guitar
Charles Williams Singers   Choir, Chorus
Marci Levy   Background Vocals
Greg Ganaway   Tambourine
Edie Lehran   Background Vocals
Dave Freedman   Vibes
Sklyer Jett   Background Vocals
Nikita Jermaine   Background Vocals
Allen Rogan   Guitar
Michael McGoiry   Guitar

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Eurythmics   Duet
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Whitney Houston   Duet
Chuck Jackson   Producer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Elton John   Duet
Michael McDonald   Duet
Luther Vandross   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Burt Bacharach   Composer,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer,Producer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Annie Lennox   Composer
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Akua Dixon   String Arrangements
Preston Glass   Composer,Percussion Programming
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Marcus Miller   rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Keith Richards   Composer,Producer
Daryl Simmons   Composer,Producer
Dave Stewart   Composer,Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Leo Sacks   Producer
Walter Afanasieff   Programming,drum programming
Lauryn Hill   Arranger,Composer,Producer
George Hurrell   Cover Photo
Michael Kull   Tape Research
Larry Williams   Programming
Ernest Hardy   Liner Notes
Charles Jackson   Composer
Long Vu   Art Direction

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