Aretha Franklin - A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998)

Aretha Franklin - A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998)

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: A Rose Is Still A Rose
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Arista [07822-18987-2]
Genre: Soul, R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 51:42
Total Size: 430 MB

For much of the '90s, Aretha Franklin acted as if she couldn't even care about appealing to a younger audience. She rarely recorded, and when she did, it was usually slick adult contemporary material. That's what makes the fresh A Rose Is Still a Rose such a surprise. Although it certainly has its share of predictably glossy ballads fit for adult radio (usually produced by Narada Michael Walden or Michael Powell), the most notable element of the album is that Franklin collaborates with fresh talent, all of whom are either prominent rap figures or at least fluent in hip-hop.
01. A Rose Is Still a Rose (Lauryn Hill) 4:27
02. Never Leave You Again (Sean Puffy Combs, Price, Corey Rooney) 4:36
03. In Case You Forgot (Bill Dickens, Tim Gant, Michael Gray) – 4:49
04. Here We Go Again (Troy Lee Broussard, Jermaine Dupri, Wayne Garfield, Trey Lorenz, Mauro Malavasi, David Romani) 3:30
05. Every Little Bit Hurts (Sam Cooke, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Jr.) 4:07
06. In the Morning (Daryl Simmons) 4:56
07. I'll Dip (Dallas Austin) 4:06
08. How Many Times (Greg Charley, David Foster, John Winston) 4:21
09. Watch My Back (Norman West) 4:45
10. Love Pang (Mira Waters, Nancy Wilson) 4:20
11. The Woman (Franklin) 7:41
Arranger, Producer - Dallas Austin, Narada Michael Walden
Arranger, Vocals (bckgr), Producer - Lauryn Hill
Bass - Ronnie Garrett, Al Turner, Colin Wolfe
Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Drum Programming - Louis Biancaniello
Drums - Ron Otis
Guitar - Vernon "Ice" Black, Johari Newton
Guitar (Bass) - Isaac Vere
Keyboards - Vernon D. Fails
Keyboards, Producer, Drum Programming - Daryl Simmons
Keyboards, Programming, Associate Producer - James Fischer, Eric Hicks
Percussion, Drums, Producer - Michael J. Powell
Piano - Darryl Houston, James Poiser, Vance Taylor
Programming - Dent, Stevie J., Vada Nobles
String Arrangements - Akua Dixon
Strings - Indigo Quartet
Vocals - Debra Killings
Vocals (bckgr) - Darcy Aldridge, Trina Broussard, Nikita Germaine, Tina Gibson, Sandy Griffith, Skyler Jett, Kelly Price, Claytoven Richardson, Esther Ridgeway, Gloria Ridgeway, Gracie Ridgeway, Fred Ross, Annie Stocking, Tann, Jeanie Tracy

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