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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886979978027
  • Catalog Number: 799780

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 United Together - The Original Sweet Inspiration (4:09)
  2. 2 Love All the Hurt Away - George Benson (4:07)
  3. 3 Jump to It (4:16)
  4. 4 Get It Right (4:14)
  5. 5 Freeway of Love (4:07)
  6. 6 Who's Zoomin' Who (4:08)
  7. 7 Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves (4:54)
  8. 8 Another Night (4:05)
  9. 9 Jumpin' Jack Flash - Keith Richards (4:29)
  10. 10 Jimmy Lee (4:26)
  11. 11 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - George Michael (4:01)
  12. 12 Through the Storm - Elton John (4:22)
  13. 13 It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be - Whitney Houston (4:16)
  14. 14 Ever Changing Times - Michael McDonald (4:29)
  15. 15 Willing to Forgive (4:12)
  16. 16 A Rose Is Still a Rose (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Babyface Keyboards
Sylvester Background Vocals
Luther Vandross Background Vocals
Ron 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 Jr. Guitar
James Jamerson SR. 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 Jr. 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
The 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
Maria Triana Mastering
Charles Jackson Composer
Long Vu Art Direction
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