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 (Jeffrey Cohen; Narada Michael Walden) 05:19
2  Mercy (Glen Ballard; Siedah Garrett) 04:08
3  He’s The Boy (Aretha Franklin) 04:07
It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be (Albert Hammond; Diane Warren) 05:39
Through The Storm (Albert Hammond; Diane Warren) 04:24
6  Think (1989) (Aretha Franklin; Ted White) 03:38
7  Come To Me (Willard Eugene Price) 03:43
8  If Ever A Love There Was (Pamela Phillips Oland; Todd Cerney) 04:46

Musicians

1 Gimme Your Love

Bass (synthesizer)Walter Afanasieff
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
Drums (programming)Bob Smith
GuitarCorrado Rustici
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
SynthesizerRen Klyce
SynthesizerNarada Michael Walden
SaxMarc Russo
Background VocalsLiz Jackson
Background VocalsSkyler Jett
VocalsAretha Franklin


2 Mercy

Bass (synthesizer)Walter Afanasieff
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
Drums (programming)Walter Afanasieff
SynthesizerNarada Michael Walden
SynthesizerRen Klyce
SaxMarc Russo
PercussionGreg Gonaway
Background VocalsSiedah Garrett
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
VocalsAretha Franklin


3 He’s The Boy

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarSteve Khan
GuitarWilliam Powell
PianoAretha Franklin
SynthesizerRobbie Kondor
PercussionSteve Kroon
VocalsAretha Franklin


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

Bass (synthesizer)Walter Afanasieff
Drums (programming)Walter Afanasieff
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
SynthesizerRen Klyce
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsMelisa Kary
VocalsAretha Franklin
VocalsWhitney Houston


5 Through The Storm

Bass (synthesizer)Walter Afanasieff
Drums (programming)Walter Afanasieff
GuitarCorrado Rustici
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
SynthesizerRen Klyce
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsClaytoven Richardson
Background VocalsSkyler Jett
Background VocalsMelisa Kary
VocalsAretha Franklin
VocalsElton John


6 Think (1989)

GuitarReggie Griffin
PianoRobbie Kondor
SynthesizerRobbie Kondor
ProgrammingJoe Mardin
SaxAndy Snitzer
SaxKenneth Hitchcock
TromboneMike Davis
TrumpetChris Botti
TrumpetKent Smith
PercussionSammy Merendino
Background VocalsBrenda Corbett
Background VocalsMargaret Branch
VocalsAretha Franklin


7 Come To Me

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
PianoDavid Paich
PianoDavid Foster
SynthesizerDavid Foster
PercussionGeorge Devens
Background VocalsEdie Lahmann
Background VocalsMarty McCall
VocalsAretha Franklin


8 If Ever A Love There Was

BassJerry Knight
DrumsJR Robinson
KeyboardsAaron Zigman
SaxKenny G.
VocalsThe Four Tops

Liner Notes

Producer – Narada Michael Walden (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5)
Producer – Aretha Franklin (Tracks 3)
Producer – Arif Mardin (Tracks 6, 7)
Producer – Joe Mardin (Tracks 6)
Producer – Aaron Zigman, Jerry Knight (Tracks 8)
Arranged By – Narada Michael Walden (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5)
Arranged By – Arif Mardin (Tracks 6, 7)

Artwork – Peter Max
Photography By – Norman Parkinson

Record Company – Bertelsmann Music Group
Manufactured By – Arista Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Mastered At – Sterling Sound