Aretha Franklin – Sparkle

Released: 1976
Re-released: 1992
Label: Atlantic
Size: 79.7 MB
Time: 33:11
Source: CD
File: MP3 @ 320K/s
Styles: Soul
Art: Full

01 – Sparkle (4:13)
02 – Giving Him Something He Can Feel (6:21)
03 – Hooked On Your Love (5:00)
04 – Look Into Your Heart (4:04)
05 – I Get High (4:11)
06 – Jump (2:19)
07 – Loving You Baby (3:48)
08 – Rock With Me (3:11)

Prior to Aretha Franklin collaborating with Curtis Mayfield, she had recorded some uneven albums with long-time producer Jerry Wexler. It was time for Franklin to get a fresh start in the studio and Sparkle became that project. Recorded in five days in January 1976 in Mayfield’s Curtom Sudios, the eight songs – clocking in at 33 minutes – find Franklin singing with passion and renewed energy. The production is pristine, with Franklin’s vocals dominating the mix, but aptly backed by the Haywood Singers. The Mayfield lyrics aren’t more real than on I Get High. The emotional roller coaster of love is explored in Something He Can Feel, Loving You Baby & Rock With Me. Franklin found chart success with Jump/Hooked On Your Love (that smooth Mayfield groove) & Look Into Your Heart. And the title track really sparkles, as the strings and horns compliment Franklin’s soaring vocals. Due to variety of reasons – disinterest, egos, etc. – the sessions are oftentimes disappointing when music legends get together, but this dream team delivered a vastly underrated soundtrack. ~