1985 Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zooming Who

Who’s Zoomin’ Who? is the thirtieth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released by Arista Records on July 9, 1985 in the United States. A breakaway from the Luther Vandross–produced adult contemporary sound of her previous albums Jump to It (1982) and Get It Right (1983), Franklin worked with producer Narada Michael Walden on the majority of the album, envisioning “a record with a younger sound to it.” As a result, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? contains influences of several popular mid–1980s genres, including dance pop, synth-pop, and contemporary R&B as well as pop songs with crossover appeal.

Released to praising reviews, Who’s Zoomin’ Who? became Franklin’s highest-charting album since Young, Gifted and Black (1972) and her first and only studio album to earn a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with over one million copies physically distributed. A top ten entry in New Zealand and Sweden, the album also went platinum in Canada and reached silver status in the United Kingdom. “Freeway of Love”, the album’s lead single, proved both a commercial success, as well as a career achievement for Franklin, earning her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance while holding the number-one position on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for five consecutive weeks.

Tracks

Freeway Of Love (Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden) 5:50
2  Another Night (Beppe Cantarelli, Roy Freeland) 4:28
3  Sweet Bitter Love (Van McCoy) 5:10
Who’s Zooming Who? (Aretha Franklin, Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass) 4:42
Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves (Annie Lennox, David Stewart) 5:51
6  Until You Say You Love Me (Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass) 4:53
7  Ain’t Nobody Ever Loved You (Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden) 4:52
8  Push (Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden) 5:34
9  Integrity (Aretha Franklin) 5:36

Musicians

1 Freeway Of Love

Bass (synthesizer)Randy Jackson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
KeyboardsPreston Glass
VibraphonePreston Glass
PercussionNarada Michael Walden
PercussionGreg Gonaway
SaxClarence Clemons
Background VocalsCarolyn Franklin
Background VocalsCraig Thomas
Background VocalsJeanie Tracy
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKaren Benington
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsLaundon von Kendricks
Background VocalsNikita Germaine
Background VocalsPreston Glass
Background VocalsVicki Randle
Background VocalsSylvester James
VocalsAretha Franklin


2 Another Night

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
Guitar (solo)Ray Gomez
GuitarCorrado Rustici
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
PercussionNarada Michael Walden
MusicianCarolyn Franklin
Background VocalsCraig Thomas
Background VocalsJeanie Tracy
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKaren Benington
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsLaundon von Kendricks
Background VocalsNikita Germaine
Background VocalsPreston Glass
Background VocalsSylvester James
Background VocalsVicki Randle
VocalsAretha Franklin


3 Sweet Bitter Love

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarSteve Khan
GuitarWilliam Powell
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
SynthesizerRobbie Kondor
PercussionSteve Kroon
VocalsAretha Franklin


4 Who’s Zooming Who?

Bass (synthesizer)Randy Jackson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
PercussionNarada Michael Walden
Background VocalsCarolyn Franklin
Background VocalsCraig Thomas
Background VocalsJeanie Tracy
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKaren Benington
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsLaundon von Kendricks
Background VocalsNikita Germaine
Background VocalsPreston Glass
Background VocalsSylvester James
Background VocalsVicki Randle
VocalsAretha Franklin


5 Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

BassNathan East
DrumsStan Lynch
GuitarMike Campbell
GuitarDave Stewart
KeyboardsAnnie Lennox
OrganBenmont Tench
VocalsAnnie Lennox
VocalsAretha Franklin


6 Until You Say You Love Me

Bass (synthesizer)Randy Jackson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
PercussionNarada Michael Walden
Background VocalsCarolyn Franklin
Background VocalsCraig Thomas
Background VocalsJeanie Tracy
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKaren Benington
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsLaundon von Kendricks
Background VocalsNikita Germaine
Background VocalsPreston Glass
Background VocalsSylvester James
Background VocalsVicki Randle
VocalsAretha Franklin


7 Ain’t Nobody Ever Loved You

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
Steel DrumsAndy Narell
PercussionNarada Michael Walden
Background VocalsCarolyn Franklin
Background VocalsCraig Thomas
Background VocalsJeanie Tracy
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKaren Benington
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsLaundon von Kendricks
Background VocalsNikita Germaine
Background VocalsPreston Glass
Background VocalsSylvester James
Background VocalsVicki Randle
VocalsAretha Franklin


8 Push

Bass (synthesizer)Randy Jackson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
GuitarCarlos Santana
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
PercussionNarada Michael Walden
Background VocalsCarolyn Franklin
Background VocalsCraig Thomas
Background VocalsJeanie Tracy
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKaren Benington
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsLaundon von Kendricks
Background VocalsNikita Germaine
Background VocalsPreston Glass
Background VocalsSylvester James
Background VocalsVicki Randle
VocalsPeter Wolf
VocalsAretha Franklin


9 Integrity

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarSteve Khan
GuitarWilliam Powell
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
SynthesizerRobbie Kondor
TrumpetDizzy Gillespie
PercussionSteve Kroon
VocalsAretha Franklin

Liner Notes

Producer – Aretha Franklin (Tracks 3, 9)
Producer – Narada Michael Walden (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8)
Producer – David Stewart (Track 5)
Arranged By (String Arrangements) – Paul Riser (Tracks 3, 9)
Choir (Gospel Choir) – The Charles Williams Singers (Track 5)
Engineer – Mike Iacopelli (Tracks 3, 9)
Engineer – Adam Williams, Don Smith (Tracks 5)
Engineer (2nd) – Maureen Droney
Engineer (2nd) – Dana Chappelle, Gordon Logan , Moira Marquis, Paul Hamingson, Ray Pyle, Tim Crich (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 to 8)
Engineer (Chief) – David Frazer (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 to 8)
Engineer (String Session) – Josh Abbey (Tracks 3, 9)
Executive-Producer – Clive Davis
Mastered By (Album) – Greg Calbi
Mastered By (Originally) – Stephen Marcussen (Track 5)
Mixed By – David A. Stewart (Tracks 5), Don Smith (Track 5)
Mixed By (Additional Mixing) – Michael Brauer (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 to 8)
Other (Production Assisitant) – Dominik Celani (Tracks 3, 9)
Other (Production Coordinator) – Sephra Herman (Tracks 3, 9)
Recorded By (Drums) – Shelly Yakus (Track 5)

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