Through the Storm (Aretha Franklin album)

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Through the Storm
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 27, 1989
Recorded1988
Genre
Length35:16
Label Arista
Producer
Aretha Franklin chronology
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
(1987)
Through the Storm
(1989)
What You See Is What You Sweat
(1991)
Singles from Through the Storm
  1. "Gimme Your Love"
    Released: September 1989
  2. "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Robert Christgau B+ [2]
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Through the Storm is the thirty-second studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released on April 27, 1989, by Arista Records.

Contents

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. 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. [5]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gimme Your Love" (duet with James Brown)5:19
2."Mercy"4:09
3."He's the Boy"Aretha Franklin4:06
4."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (duet with Whitney Houston)5:39
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Through the Storm" (duet with Elton John)
  • Albert Hammond
  • Diane Warren
4:23
6."Think (1989) [6] "
3:39
7."Come to Me [7] " Willard Eugene Price 3:43
8."If Ever a Love There Was [8] " (with the Four Tops and Kenny G)
  • Pamela Phillips Oland
  • Todd Cerney
4:47
2014 "Expanded Edition" CD1 bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
9."Gimme Your Love" (Single Version)4:28
10."Gimme Your Love" (Extended Remix – Purple Mix)10:46
11."Gimme Your Love" (The Purple Mix Edit)4:52
12."Gimme Your Love" (The Purple Mix Part One)5:55
13."Gimme Your Love" (The Purple Mix Part Two)3:11
14."Aretha Franklin & James Brown Interview"2:54
2014 "Expanded Edition" CD2 bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
1."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Album Edit)4:51
2."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Single Version)4:15
3."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Single Remix)4:04
4."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Extended Radio Mix)6:11
5."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (House Radio Mix)5:08
6."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Hip Hop Radio Mix)4:54
7."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (New Jack Swing Dub Mix)6:21
8."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (After Hours Club Mix)7:42
9."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (1989 Vogue Dub Mix)5:38
10."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Nic Mercy's 1999 House Mix)8:38
11."It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Detroit Rough Mix)6:11

Personnel

Charts

Chart (1989)Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [9] 61
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [10] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [11] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [12] 19
UK Albums (OCC) [13] 46
US Billboard 200 [14] 55
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [15] 21

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  6. The fourth recorded version of the song by Aretha Franklin, which was originally included on Aretha Now and released as a single in 1968. Two different versions of the song were recorded for the Blues Brothers movie. Franklin lip-synched to one version in the movie, with a different version appearing on the soundtrack.
  7. Remixed edition of song first released on Franklin's 1980 Arista debut, Aretha .
  8. Originally recorded on the 1988 Four Tops album Indestructible , their sole release for Arista Records, which was also Franklin's label at the time.
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