Almighty Fire

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Almighty Fire
Almighty fire.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 13, 1978
RecordedJanuary–March 1978
StudioCurtom Studios (Chicago, IL); ABC Recording Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Whitney Recording Studios (Glendale, CA).
GenreSoul, R&B
LabelAtlantic (#19161)
ProducerCurtis Mayfield
Aretha Franklin chronology
Sweet Passion
(1977)
Almighty Fire
(1978)
La Diva
(1979)
Singles from Almighty Fire
  1. "Almighty Fire (Woman of the Future)"
    Released: April, 1978
  2. "More Than A Joy"
    Released: July, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Almighty Fire is the twenty-fourth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, released on April 13, 1978 by Atlantic Records. By the time of this album's release, Aretha Franklin was going through a commercial slump, due in part to the widespread popularity of disco.

Aretha was reunited with Curtis Mayfield after their earlier success together with the Sparkle soundtrack. However, the album failed to turn around the singer's fortunes on the charts, selling only about 100,000 copies[citation needed] and peaking at a dismal #83 on the Billboard album chart.

The title single reached at #12 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and the follow-up single, "More Than Just a Joy", peaked at #51. The album was belatedly released on compact disc in Europe in 2008.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Curtis Mayfield, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Almighty Fire (Woman of the Future)" – 4:36
  2. "Lady, Lady" – 2:45
  3. "More Than Just a Joy" – 3:03
  4. "Keep On Loving You" – 3:12
  5. "I Needed You Baby" – 4:38

Side two[edit]

  1. "Close to You" – 4:22
  2. "No Matter Who You Love" – 4:01
  3. "This You Can Believe" – 4:46
  4. "I'm Your Speed" (Aretha Franklin, Glynn Turman) – 3:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Aretha Franklin – vocals
  • Curtis Mayfield – guitar
  • Gary Thompson – guitar
  • Joseph "Lucky" Scott – bass guitar
  • Donnell Hagan – drums
  • Henry Gibson – congas
  • Rich Tufo – keyboards, arrangements
  • Lenard Druss – horns contractor
  • Sol Bobrov – strings contractor
  • Alfonzo Surrett – background vocals
  • Mattie Butler – background vocals
  • Ricki Linton – background vocals
  • Denese Heard and the Jones Girls – background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Curtis Mayfield
  • Engineers – Roger Anfinsen and Fred Breitberg
  • Remix – Roger Anfinsen
  • Mastered by Dennis King at Atlantic Studios (New York City).
  • Album cover concept – Aretha Franklin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Almighty Fire at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: F". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.

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