Jump To It (Remastered) Aretha Franklin
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- 1Jump To It (Original Extended Version)06:40
- 2Love Me Right04:10
- 3If She Don't Want Your Lovin'05:36
- 4This Is for Real04:45
- 5(It's Just) Your Love04:48
- 6I Wanna Make It Up to You06:37
- 7It's Your Thing04:10
- 8Just My Daydream05:55
Info for Jump To It (Remastered)
It’s been 35 years since the release of Aretha Franklin’s album Jump To It, written and produced by none other than Luther Vandross. In this Soul Revisited we take a look back at the album, and the Queen of Soul’s legendary diva-ness.
By the early eighties it seemed that the Queen of Soul’s crown was slipping. For critics and fans alike, as well herself, it appeared that Aretha Franklin’s best days were behind her. In 1979 Franklin had left Atlantic Records after three uninspired albums (Sweet Passion, Almighty Fire and La Diva), and went in search of a new label who could reignite her stalling career. A year later she had signed with Clive Davis’s Arista Records, and had released the album Aretha, which featured a cover of the Otis Redding classic ‘Can’t Turn You Loose’. It was a decent effort, and she followed it up with the moderately successful album Love All The Hurt Away, the title track of which featured George Benson. She even won a Grammy for her cover of ‘Hold On, I’m Coming’, but it quickly faded from memory.
Aretha signed with Arista in 1980 where Clive Davis restored her hit making status with United Together and Love All The Hurt Away reaching the top 10 of the Hot Soul Singles chart. Aretha’s third Arista album paired her with producer Luther Vandross. JUMP TO IT became her most successful album in a decade spending an incredible seven weeks at the #1 spot in the R&B album chart and reaching #23 on the Pop chart. It also spun off the #1 R&B hit title track single which also made #28 Pop, Aretha’s first top 40 showing since 1976.
Aretha Franklin, vocals
Doc Powell, guitar (1-8)
Steve Love, guitar solo (7)
Marcus Miller, bass, synthesizer, keyboards
Francisco Centeno, bass
Louis Johnson, bass
Yogi Horton, drums
Buddy Williams, drums
Errol "Crusher" Bennett, congas, percussion
Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
Nat Adderley Jr., keyboards
Luther Vandross, backing vocals (1, 2, 5), keyboards (2)
George Duke, piano (5)
Sonny Burke, keyboards (8)
Recorded 1982 at Mediasound Studios, N.Y., Record Plant, L.A., The Village Recorder, L.A., Soundsuite, Detroit
Produced by Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin
She is known the world over by her first name and as the undisputed, reigning 'Queen Of Soul,' Aretha Franklin is peerless. This 2005 recipient of a Presidential Medal Of Freedom honor (the U.S.A.'s highest honor), 17 Grammy Awards (and counting), a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Living Legend Award. She has received countless international and national awards and accolades. Aretha has achieved global recognition on an unprecedented scale. She has influenced generations of singers from Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole and Mary J. Blige to 'American Idol' winner Fantasia Burrino and Oscar- winning Jennifer Hudson. Her ever-distinctive soulful, to-the-bone vocal style has graced the music charts for over four decades and while her 'live' performances have touched the hearts of literally millions since she began her musical journey as a gospel-singing child prodigy, it is her rich legacy of recordings that are a testament to the power, majesty and genius of this one-of-a-kind artist of the first order.
Beyond the timeless classic hits such as 'Respect,' 'A Natural Woman,' 'Chain Of Fools,' 'Think,' 'Daydreaming' and 'Freeway Of Love' among the dozens of chart-topping records that have established her as a cultural icon, Aretha Franklin's catalog of over forty albums informs listeners of her unmatched, unparalleled artistry as an interpreter of song, bar none. Her elevation to 'royal' status is indeed not just a function of her hitmaking ability but of her unique inventiveness as a musician who fuses art and soul seamlessly. Indeed, it's often been said that Aretha could take 'happy birthday' and turn it into a veritable opus and while those who know her will testify to her culinary skills in the kitchen, it is her mastery as a musical chef that is evident on each and every one of those forty-plus albums, many of which have achieved gold and platinum status.
As is widely known, Aretha, born in Memphis, (reared in Buffalo but a longtime resident of Detroit,) began her personal musical journey singing at her much-revered father Reverend C.L. Franklin's New Bethel Baptist Church at a very young age. While she was unquestionably influenced by the presence of such gospel luminaries as Clara Ward (a strong influence), Mahalia Jackson and the Reverend James Cleveland in the Franklin household, it was secular performers such as Dinah Washington and Sam Cooke (also visitors to the Franklin residence) who helped shape Aretha's wide-ranging interest in popular music. Young Aretha also heard the doo-wop sounds of Nolan Strong and The Diablos, The Moonglows, The 5 Royales and The Satins as well as popular '50s hitmakers such as Johnny Ace, Little Willie John, Jackie Wilson, Big Maybelle and Little Esther on the radio.
Aretha's interest in a wide range of popular music became evident when she began her own recording career at Columbia Records, although it should be noted that her powerful, emotive style was first heard on a gospel recording made in 1956 with her father and released by Chess Records in the mid-'60s. With the support of her father, Aretha traveled to New York City in 1960 and after a demo which contained her version of a Helen Humes tune titled 'Today I Sing The Blues' made its way to the ears of executive John Hammond (responsible for signing such artists as Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Bob Dylan), Aretha was signed to Columbia in 1960. For more information please visit the Aretha Franklin homepage.
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