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Sweet Passion

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Released  May 19, 1977
Genre  R&B, Soul
Label  Atlantic (#19102)
Recorded  1976–1977
Length  32:51
Producer  Lamont Dozier, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager

Sweet Passion is the twenty-sixth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on May 19, 1977 by Atlantic Records. Following a brief resurgence in Aretha's sales with the Gold-certified success of her 1976 soundtrack album, Sparkle, Aretha paired up with famed Motown producer Lamont Dozier, to produce Sweet Passion. It was, however, a commercial and critical failure. The album's one single, "Break It To Me Gently", peaked at #85 and dropped off the Hot 100 after only two weeks, although it topped the Billboard R&B Singles Chart. This recording was released on compact disc in Europe in 2008.


Side One

  1. "Break It To Me Gently" (Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager) 3:21 (#1 R&B/85 Pop)
  2. "When I Think About You" (Aretha Franklin) 4:46
  3. "What I Did for Love" (Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban) 5:17
  4. "No One Could Ever Love You More" (Lamont Dozier) 3:36
  5. "A Tender Touch" (Aretha Franklin) 3:58

Side Two

  1. "Touch Me Up" (Lamont Dozier) 4:38
  2. "Sunshine Will Never Be The Same" (Lamont Dozier) 3:36
  3. "Meadows of Springtime" (Aretha Franklin) 5:26
  4. "Mumbles / I've Got the Music in Me" (Clark Terry, Aretha Franklin, Bias Boshell) 3:40
  5. "Sweet Passion" (Aretha Franklin) 7:12


  • Aretha Franklin - vocals, keyboards
  • Craig McMillian, Lee Ritenour, Mike Morgan, Ray Parker, Jr. - guitar
  • Chuck Rainey, Ray Brown, Scott Edwards - bass
  • David Paich, H.B. Barnum, Ronald Coleman, Sonny Burke, Sylvester Rivers - keyboards
  • Harold Mason, James Gadson - drums
  • Bob Zimmitti, Gary Coleman, Joe Clayton - percussion
  • Joe Clayton - congas on "Break It To Me Gently"
  • H.B. Barnum, McKinley Jackson - rhythm and horn arrangement
  • Gene Page - horn and string arrangements
  • References

    Sweet Passion Wikipedia

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