Jump to It

Jump to It is the twenty-eighth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, produced by Luther Vandross and released on July 26, 1982 by Arista Records.

Jump to It
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 1982
StudioMediasound Studios, N.Y., Record Plant, L.A., The Village Recorder, L.A., Soundsuite, Detroit.
GenreR&B
Length42:40
LabelArista
Producer
Aretha Franklin chronology
Love All the Hurt Away
(1981)
Jump to It
(1982)
Get It Right
(1983)
Singles from Jump to It
  1. "Jump to It"
    Released: June, 1982
  2. "Love Me Right"
    Released: 1982
  3. "This Is for Real"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

BackgroundEdit

Jump to It gave Franklin her tenth number one R&B album – at the time it was the all-time record. It enjoyed a seven-week run at number one on Billboard's R&B albums chart and also reached number 23 on Billboard's Pop albums chart. It was hailed as a comeback album, given that it provided Franklin with her first Gold-certified disc and Top 40 Pop song since Sparkle in 1976.

The title track, "Jump to It", was Franklin's first Top 40 Pop hit since 1976, and her first number one R&B hit since 1977's "Break It to Me Gently". "Jump to It" was nominated for a Grammy Award. The album itself received an American Music Award for Best Soul Album in 1983.

Commercial performanceEdit

On February 1, 1983, Jump to It was certified Gold by the RIAA. Franklin was presented her framed Gold record in Detroit by her long-time friends the Four Tops. In 2005, Patrick Alavi released "Come to Me", which used a sample of "Jump to It".

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Jump to It"Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller6:40
2."Love Me Right"Vandross4:10
3."If She Don't Want Your Lovin'"Sam Dees5:36
4."This Is for Real"Vandross4:45
5."(It's Just) Your Love"Vandross, Miller4:10
6."I Wanna Make It Up to You"Aretha Franklin6:00
7."It's Your Thing"O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley4:10
8."Just My Daydream"Smokey Robinson5:55
2012 Reissue Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Jump to It" (Single Version)Vandross, Miller4:17
10."Love Me Right" (Single Version)Vandross3:35
11."This Is for Real" (Single Version)Vandross4:37
12."Just My Daydream" (12" Version)Robinson4:35
13."Love Me Right" (Dance Version)Vandross5:48

PersonnelEdit

PerformersEdit

  • Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, rhythm arrangements (6, 7, 8), vocal arrangements (6, 7, 8)
  • Nat Adderley Jr. – keyboards (1, 3–8), rhythm arrangements (3–8)
  • Marcus Miller – synthesizers (1), synthesizer and rhythm arrangements (1), bass guitar (1, 2, 4–7), keyboards (2)
  • Luther Vandross – backing vocals (1, 2, 5), keyboards (2), rhythm arrangements (2, 4, 5, 7), vocal arrangements (2, 3, 5, 8)
  • George Duke – acoustic piano (5)
  • Reginald "Sonny" Burke – keyboards (8)
  • Doc Powell – guitar (1–8)
  • Steve Love – guitar solo (7)
  • Francisco Centeno – bass guitar (3)
  • Louis Johnson – bass guitar (8)
  • Yogi Horton – drums (1, 3–8)
  • Buddy Williams – drums (2)
  • Errol "Crusher" Bennett – congas (1), percussion (3, 4, 5, 8)
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion (7)
  • Paul Riser – string arrangements (2, 4, 6), horn arrangements (4, 6)
  • Leon Pendarvis – horn and string arrangements (3, 5, 8)
  • Jerry Hey – horn and string arrangements (7)
  • George Young – soprano saxophone (4)
  • Brenda White – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Cissy Houston – backing vocals (1, 3, 5, 8)
  • Fonzi Thornton – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Michelle Cobbs – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Phillip Ballou – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Tawatha Agee – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Norma Jean Wright – backing vocals (2)
  • Alexandra Brown – backing vocals (3)
  • Darlene Love – backing vocals (3, 5, 8)
  • Paulette McWilliams – backing vocals (3)
  • Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals (3, 5, 8)
  • Brenda Corbett – backing vocals (5, 7)
  • Four Tops – backing vocals and vocal arrangements (6)
  • Levi Stubbs – lead vocals (6)
  • Erma Franklin – backing vocals (7)
  • Pam Vincent – backing vocals (7)
  • Sandra Dance – backing vocals (7)

ProductionEdit

  • Producers – Luther Vandross (tracks 1–5, 7 & 8); Aretha Franklin (track 6).
  • Production coordination – Sephra Herman
  • Recorded and mixed by Michael Brauer
  • Additional engineers – Carl Beatty and Lee Keifer
  • Assistant engineers – Michael Christopher, Karat Faye, John Hanlon, Harry Spiridakis, Don Wershba and Warren Woods.
  • Recorded at Media Sound Studios (New York, NY), Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA), The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA) and Soundsuite (Detroit, MI).
  • Music contractors – Sephra Herman and Trevor Veitch
  • Art direction and design – Ria Lewerke-Shapiro
  • Photography – Harry Langdon
  • Lettering – Sue Reilly

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. Jump to It review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Jump to It review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  3. ^ link

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