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Aretha (1980 album)

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Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released October 1980
Recorded April–July 1980
Length 39:23
Label Arista
Aretha Franklin chronology
La Diva
Aretha Sings the Blues
Singles from Aretha
  1. "United Together"
    Released: October, 1980 (US)
  2. "What a Fool Believes"
    Released: February, 1981 (US)[1]
  3. "Come to Me"
    Released: May, 1981 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]
Robert ChristgauB- [3]

Aretha is the twenty-sixth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released on September 30, 1980 by Arista Records. This was the second album with this title to be released by the artist, and her first ever for Arista after a 12-year tenure with Atlantic Records[4] Franklin's first Arista single release, "United Together", reached number 3 on the Soul chart and crossed over to number 56 on Billboard's Hot 100. The album itself peaked at number 47 and spent 30 weeks on the Billboard 200, eventually selling close to 350,000 copies.The disc's opening track, "Come to Me", appeared again on her 1989 album, Through the Storm.

Track listing

1."Come to Me"Willard Gene Price3:42
2."I Can't Turn You Loose"Otis Redding3:55
3."United Together"Phil Perry, Chuck Jackson5:02
4."Take Me With You"Phil Perry, Terry Coleman, Chuck Jackson4:05
5."Whatever It Is"Mark Gary, Eddie Setser, Jerry Michael3:38
6."What a Fool Believes"Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald5:13
7."Together Again"Franklin, Phil Perry, Chuck Jackson3:34
8."Love Me Forever"Franklin, Rev. Patrick Henderson, Kenny Moore4:47
9."School Days"Aretha Franklin4:54



  • Produced by Chuck Jackson (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9) and Arif Mardin (Tracks 1, 2, 6 and 8).
  • Co-Producer on Track 9: Aretha Franklin
  • Engineers: Lee DeCarlo and Frank Kejmar (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9); Jeremy Smith (Tracks 1, 2, 6 and 8).
  • Additional Engineer: Lewis Hahn
  • Assistant Engineers: Michael O'Reilly, Stewart Whitmore
  • Mixing on Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9: Reginald Dozier
  • Re-mixing: Lewis Hahn and Gene Paul (Tracks 1-7 and 9); Arif Mardin and Michael O'Reilly (Track 8).
  • Re-Mix Assistant on Track 8: Joe Mardin
  • Recorded at MCA Whitney Recording Studios (Glendale), Record Plant (Los Angeles), Sound Labs Studios (Hollywood) and Atlantic Studios (New York City).
  • Edited at Cherokee Studios (Los Angeles).
  • Mixed at MCA Whitney Recording Studios and Cherokee Studios.
  • Mastering: Ken Perry and Bill Inglot at Sterling Sound (New York).
  • Art Direction and Design: Ria Lewerke-Shapiro
  • Photography: George Hurrell


Chart (1980) Peak
US Billboard 200[5] 47
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 6


  1. ^
  2. ^ Elias, Jason. Aretha at AllMusic
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Aretha review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (October 11, 1981). "Aretha Franklin: Gospel and Glamour". The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
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