1974 Aretha Franklin – Let Me In Your Life

Let Me In Your Life is the twentieth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on February 25, 1974 by Atlantic Records.

This was one of Aretha’s top-selling Atlantic Records albums. The album hit #1 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart and reached #14 on Billboard’s main album chart, missing the Gold standard by a small margin. Featuring three hit singles, it is regarded as one of Franklin’s best Atlantic recordings. It was issued on compact disc through Rhino Records in 1994.

Tracks

1  Let Me In Your Life (Bill Withers) 03:30
2  Every Natural Thing (Eddie Hinton) 02:37
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (Nickolas Ashford; Valerie Simpson) 03:50
I’m In Love (Bobby Womack) 02:51
Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) (Clarence Paul; Morris Broadnax; Stevie Wonder) 03:27
6  The Masquerade Is Over (Allie Wrubel; Herbert Magidson) 04:32
7  With Pen In Hand (Bobby Goldsboro) 05:08
8  Oh Baby (Aretha Franklin) 04:59
9  Eight Days On The Road (Jerry Ragovoy; Mike Gayle) 03:04
10  If You Don’t Think (Aretha Franklin) 03:53
11  A Song For You (Leon Russell) 05:34

Musicians

1 Let Me In Your Life

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Spinozza
Electric PianoEumir Deodato
OrganBob James
PianoRichard Tee
PercussionRalph MacDonald
VocalsAretha Franklin


2 Every Natural Thing

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarCornell Dupree
Electric PianoRichard Tee
OrganRichard Tee
PianoAretha Franklin
SaxJoe Farrell
Background VocalsAnn S Clark
Background VocalsMargaret Branch
Background VocalsPat Smith
VocalsAretha Franklin


3 Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Spinozza
KeyboardsBob James
KeyboardsDonny Hathaway
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsJudy Clay
Background VocalsMyrna Smith
Background VocalsSylvia Shemwell
VocalsAretha Franklin


4 I’m In Love

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarCornell Dupree
GuitarDavid Spinozza
PianoDonny Hathaway
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsDeirdre Tuck Corley
Background VocalsGwen Guthrie
Background VocalsJudy Clay
VocalsAretha Franklin


5 Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarHugh McCracken
Electric PianoDonny Hathaway
OrganRichard Tee
PianoAretha Franklin
SynthesizerKen Bichel
FluteJoe Farrell
Background VocalsAnn S Clark
Background VocalsMargaret Branch
Background VocalsPat Smith
VocalsAretha Franklin


6 The Masquerade Is Over

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Spinozza
PianoDonny Hathaway
PercussionRalph MacDonald
VocalsAretha Franklin


7 With Pen In Hand

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarCornell Dupree
KeyboardsDonny Hathaway
PianoAretha Franklin
Background VocalsAnn S Clark
Background VocalsMargaret Branch
Background VocalsPat Smith
VocalsAretha Franklin


8 Oh Baby

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarCornell Dupree
Electric PianoDonny Hathaway
PianoAretha Franklin
PercussionRalph MacDonald
VocalsAretha Franklin


9 Eight Days On The Road

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarCornell Dupree
KeyboardsRichard Tee
PianoAretha Franklin
PercussionRalph MacDonald
PercussionPancho Morales
Background VocalsAnn S Clark
Background VocalsMargaret Branch
Background VocalsPat Smith
VocalsAretha Franklin


10 If You Don’t Think

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarCornell Dupree
Electric DrumsAretha Franklin
KeyboardsRichard Tee
OrganRichard Tee
TrumpetErnie Royal
PercussionRalph MacDonald
VocalsAretha Franklin


11 A Song For You

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarCornell Dupree
Electric PianoAretha Franklin
OrganRichard Tee
PercussionRalph MacDonald
VocalsAretha Franklin

Liner Notes

Producer – Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler
Producer – Tom Dowd (Tracks 7, 8, 10, 11)
Arranged By – William Eaton (Tracks 3, 4, 6)
Arranged By (Horn, Percussion) – Arif Mardin (Track 1)
Arranged By (Horn, String) – Arif Mardin (Tracks 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Arranged By (String, Rhythm) – Eumir Deodato (Track 1)
Concertmaster – Gene Orloff
Mixed By – Arif Mardin
Recorded By – Phil Ramone (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6)
Recorded By – Gene Paul (Tracks 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Recorded By – Lew Hahn (Tracks 5)
Recorded By – Howiard Albert, Ron Albert (Tracks 7)

Photography By – Joel Brodsky

Mixed At Atlantic Studios
Recorded At A&R Studios
Recorded At Criteria Recording Studios
Recorded At Atlantic Studios
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