1977 Aretha Franklin – Sweet Passion

Sweet Passion is the twenty-fifth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on May 19, 1977 by Atlantic Records. Following a brief resurgence in Aretha’s sales with the Gold-certified success of her 1976 soundtrack album, Sparkle, Aretha paired up with famed Motown producer Lamont Dozier, to produce Sweet Passion. It was, however, a commercial and critical failure. The album’s one single, “Break It To Me Gently”, peaked at #85 and dropped off the Hot 100 after only two weeks, although it topped the Billboard R&B Singles Chart. This recording was released on compact disc in Europe in 2008.

 

Tracks

Break It To Me Gently (Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch) 3:20
2  When I Think About You (Aretha Franklin) 4:47
3  What I Did For Love (Ed Kleban, Marvin Hamlisch) 5:19
4  No One Could Ever Love You More (Lamont Dozier) 3:40
5  A Tender Touch (Aretha Franklin) 3:57
 6 Touch Me Up (Lamont Dozier) 4:41
7  Sunshine Will Never Be The Same (Lamont Dozier) 3:37
8  Meadows Of Springtime (Aretha Franklin) 5:21
9  Mumbles/I’ve Got The Music In Me (Aretha Franklin, Clark Terry, Bias Boshell) 3:37
10  Sweet Passion (Aretha Franklin) 7:11

Musicians

1 Break It To Me Gently

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsHarold Mason
GuitarLee Ritenour
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsDavid Paich


2 When I Think About You

BassScott Edwards
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsRon Coleman
KeyboardsSonny Burke
PercussionGary Coleman


3 What I Did For Love

BassRay Brown
DrumsHarold Mason
GuitarCraig McMillian
GuitarMorgan, Michael
KeyboardsSonny Burke
KeyboardsSylvester Rivers
PercussionRob Zermitti


4 No One Could Ever Love You More

BassScott Edwards
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarLee Ritenour
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsRon Coleman
KeyboardsSonny Burke
PercussionGary Coleman


5 A Tender Touch

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsHarold Mason
GuitarRay Parker Jr
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsAretha Franklin
KeyboardsHidle Brown Barnum
PercussionJoe Clayton


6 Touch Me Up

BassScott Edwards
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsRon Coleman
KeyboardsSonny Burke
PercussionGary Coleman


7 Sunshine Will Never Be The Same

BassScott Edwards
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarRay Parker Jr
KeyboardsRon Coleman
KeyboardsSonny Burke


8 Meadows Of Springtime

BassRay Brown
DrumsHarold Mason
GuitarCraig McMillian
GuitarMorgan, Michael
KeyboardsSylvester Rivers
PercussionRob Zermitti


9 Mumbles/I’ve Got The Music In Me

BassRay Brown
DrumsHarold Mason
GuitarMorgan, Michael
GuitarCraig McMillian
KeyboardsAretha Franklin
KeyboardsSylvester Rivers
PercussionRob Zermitti


10 Sweet Passion

BassScott Edwards
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarRay Parker Jr
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsAretha Franklin
PercussionGary Coleman

Liner Notes

Producer – Aretha Franklin, Lamont Dozier
Producer – Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager (Track 1)
Co-producer – David Paich, Marty Paich (Track A1)
Arranged By (Rhythm & Horns) – McKinley Jackson (Track 6)
Arranged By (Rhythm & Horns) – H.B. Barnum (Track 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm, Strings, Horns) – H.B. Barnum (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 8, 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Lamont Dozier, McKinley Jackson (Tracks 4, 7)
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Gene Page (Tracks 4, 7)
Engineer (Mixing) – Reginald Dozier (Tracks 3, 5, 9, 10)
Engineer (Mixing) – Barney Perkins (Track 6), Reginald Dozier (Tracks 3, 5, 9, 10)
Engineer (Recording, Mixing) – Reginald Dozier (Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8)
Engineer (Recording) – Frank Kejmar (Tracks 1, 5, 10)
Engineer (Recording) – Barney Perkins (Tracks 3, 6, 9)
Mastered By – Dennis King

Art Direction – Bob Defrin
Photography By – David Alexander

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Pressed By – Presswell