Aretha Franklin ‎– Young, Gifted And Black (Vinyl LP)


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*This is a Vinyl LP*

Release Date:  2021

Label:  Rhino Records

Opaque mustard yellow vinyl LP

The Queen of Soul’s empowering Grammy-winning album featuring “Rock Steady,” “Day Dreaming,” “Young, Gifted and Black” and more!

Like its predecessor, Spirit in the Dark, 1972’s Young, Gifted and Black found Aretha moving with soul music’s elite into a progressive phase that opened up the emotional content of her work even further. All the King’s Horses mourns the death of her first marriage, while Day Dreaming and A Brand New Me point toward what we’d now call “healing.” Two stabs at social comment, Nina Simone’s title cut and, intriguingly, Elton John’s Border Song, round out this impressive portrait.


Track List

Side A

  1. Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby)
  2. Day Dreaming
  3. Rock Steady
  4. Young, Gifted And Black
  5. All The King’s Horses
  6. A Brand New Me

Side B

  1. April Fools
  2. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
  3. First Snow In Kokomo
  4. The Long And Winding Road
  5. Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
  6. Border Song (Holy Moses)



Acoustic Guitar – Don Arnone
Arranged By [Horn] – Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd
Arranged By [String, Woodwind] – Arif Mardin
Backing Vocals – Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin, J.R. Bailey, Margaret Branch, Ronald Bright, Sammy Turner,
The Sweet Inspirations, The Sweethearts Of Soul
Bass – Chuck Rainey, Eric Gale, Robert Popwell
Celesta [Celeste] – Aretha Franklin
Concertmaster – Gene Orloff
Design [Backliner] – Alyse Koylan
Design [Cover] – Stanislaw Zagorski
Drums – Al Jackson Jr., Bernard Purdie, Ray Lucas
Engineer [Additional Recordings] – Don Cassale, Jack Adams, Jimmy Douglass, Lew Hahn
Engineer [Recording] – Chuck Kirkpatrick, Gene Paul, Howie Albert, Ron Albert
Flute – Hubert Laws
Flute [Alto] – Hubert Laws
Guitar – Cornell Dupree, Hugh McCracken
Horns – The Memphis Horns
Organ – Billy Preston
Organ, Electric Piano – Donny Hathaway
Percussion – Mac Rebennack (Dr. John), Robert Popwell
Photography By – Ken Cunningham
Piano – Aretha Franklin
Producer – Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd
Remix – Arif Mardin
Soloist, Trumpet – Neal Rosengarden
Vibraphone – Neal Rosengarden
Vocals – Aretha Franklin


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