Young, Gifted and Black

Young, Gifted and Black

by Aretha Franklin
     
 

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It's nearly impossible to single out any of Aretha Franklin's early-'70s albums for Atlantic as being her best, particularly given the breadth of her output during this era. In terms of albums rather than singles, it's probably her strongest era, and if you count live albums like Amazing Grace, choosing a standout or a favorite record isn't any easier. Yet of

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It's nearly impossible to single out any of Aretha Franklin's early-'70s albums for Atlantic as being her best, particularly given the breadth of her output during this era. In terms of albums rather than singles, it's probably her strongest era, and if you count live albums like Amazing Grace, choosing a standout or a favorite record isn't any easier. Yet of this stunning era, Young, Gifted and Black certainly ranks highly among her studio efforts, with many arguing that it may be her greatest. And with songs like "Rock Steady," that may be a valid argument. But there's much more here than just a few highlights. If you really want to go song by song, you'd be hard-pressed to find any throwaways here -- this is quite honestly an album that merits play from beginning to end. You have upbeat songs like the aforementioned "Rock Steady" that will get you up out of your seat moving and grooving, yet then you also have a number of more introspective songs that slow down the tempo and are more likely to relax than rouse. And if that wide spectrum of moods isn't enough reason to celebrate this album, you get some unlikely songs like a take on "The Long and Winding Road." Plus, you also have to keep in mind that Franklin was in her prime here, not only in terms of voice but also in terms of confidence -- you can just feel her exuding her status as the best of the best. Furthermore, her ensemble of musicians competes with any that she had worked with on previous albums. So even if this isn't the greatest Aretha Franklin album of the early '70s, it's certainly a contender, the sort of album that you can't go wrong with.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2008
Label:
Wea Japan
UPC:
4943674082865
catalogNumber:
75443
Rank:
294476

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Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste,Electric Piano,Vocals
Dr. John   Percussion
Donny Hathaway   Organ,Electric Piano
Billy Preston   Organ
Sammy Turner   Background Vocals
Hubert Laws   Flute,Alto Flute
Chuck Rainey   Bass
J.R. Bailey   Background Vocals
Carolyn Franklin   Background Vocals
Erma Franklin   Background Vocals
Memphis Horns   Ensemble
Sweet Inspirations   Background Vocals
Don Arnone   Acoustic Guitar
Margaret Branch   Background Vocals
Ann S. Clark   Background Vocals
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Eric Gale   Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Lucas   Percussion,Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Percussion,Drums
Neal Rosengarden   Percussion,Trumpet,Vibes
Ronald Bright   Background Vocals
Al Jackson   Drums
Pat Smith   Background Vocals
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass,Percussion
Neal Rosengarden   Percussion

Technical Credits

Nina Simone   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Elton John   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jack Adams   Engineer
Howard Albert   Engineer
Ron Albert   Engineer
Thom Bell   Composer
Don Casale   Engineer
Hal David   Composer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer
William "Poogie" Hart   Composer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Gene Paul   Engineer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer,Audio Production
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Stanislaw Zagorski   Cover Design
Theresa Bell   Composer
Jim Doris   Composer
Weldon Irving   Composer

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