1989 Aretha Franklin – Through The Storm

Through the Storm is the thirty-fifth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, released on Arista Records in the spring of 1989.

Despite the number 16 Billboard Hot 100 hit title track (a duet with Elton John), the album was not a commercial success; it reached number 55 on the Billboard 200. Selling approximately 225,000 copies in the United States, it was taken swiftly out of print shortly. The follow-up single, “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be”, a duet with Whitney Houston, failed to make the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 41. Other guest artists included James Brown, The Four Tops and Kenny G.

The album was remastered and re-released as an “Expanded Edition” in December 2014 by Funky Town Grooves, with bonus tracks and a second CD of material.

Tracks

1 Gimme Your Love 5:19
2 Mercy 4:08
3 He’s The Boy 4:07
4 It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be 5:39
5 Through The Storm 4:24
6 Think (1989) 3:38
7 Come To Me 3:43
8 If Ever A Love There Was 4:46

1 Gimme Your Love

Bass (synthesizer) Walter Afanasieff
Drums Narada Michael Walden
Drums (programming) Bob Smith
Guitar Corrado Rustici
Keyboards Walter Afanasieff
Synthesizer Ren Klyce
Synthesizer Narada Michael Walden
Sax Marc Russo
Background Vocals Liz Jackson
Background Vocals Skyler Jett
Vocals Aretha Franklin

2 Mercy

Bass (synthesizer) Walter Afanasieff
Drums Narada Michael Walden
Drums (programming) Walter Afanasieff
Synthesizer Narada Michael Walden
Synthesizer Ren Klyce
Sax Marc Russo
Percussion Greg Gonaway
Background Vocals Siedah Garrett
Background Vocals Kitty Beethoven
Vocals Aretha Franklin

3 He’s The Boy

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Yogi Horton
Guitar Steve Khan
Guitar William Powell
Piano Aretha Franklin
Synthesizer Robbie Kondor
Percussion Steve Kroon
Vocals Aretha Franklin

4 It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be

Bass (synthesizer) Walter Afanasieff
Drums (programming) Walter Afanasieff
Keyboards Walter Afanasieff
Synthesizer Ren Klyce
Background Vocals Kitty Beethoven
Background Vocals Melisa Kary
Vocals Aretha Franklin
Vocals Whitney Houston

5 Through The Storm

Bass (synthesizer) Walter Afanasieff
Drums (programming) Walter Afanasieff
Guitar Corrado Rustici
Keyboards Walter Afanasieff
Synthesizer Ren Klyce
Background Vocals Kitty Beethoven
Background Vocals Claytoven Richardson
Background Vocals Skyler Jett
Background Vocals Melisa Kary
Vocals Aretha Franklin
Vocals Elton John

6 Think (1989)

Guitar Reggie Griffin
Piano Robbie Kondor
Synthesizer Robbie Kondor
Programming Joe Mardin
Sax Andy Snitzer
Sax Kenneth Hitchcock
Trombone Mike Davis
Trumpet Chris Botti
Trumpet Kent Smith
Percussion Sammy Merendino
Background Vocals Brenda Corbett
Background Vocals Margaret Branch
Vocals Aretha Franklin

7 Come To Me

Bass Louis Johnson
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Piano David Paich
Piano David Foster
Synthesizer David Foster
Percussion George Devens
Background Vocals Edie Lahmann
Background Vocals Marty McCall
Vocals Aretha Franklin

8 If Ever A Love There Was

Bass Jerry Knight
Drums JR Robinson
Keyboards Aaron Zigman
Sax Kenny G.
Vocals The Four Tops