Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Love All the Hurt Away" by Aretha Franklin & George Benson

Song#:  0726
Date:  08/29/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  46
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Franklin's first album for Arista, 1980's "Aretha," got her a #3 R&B hit with "United Together" (#56 pop), but it was still a far cry from her Atlantic streak of hits. Her second LP for the label, "Love All the Hurt Away," did slightly better on the album charts, but it sold less and was considered a disappointment. This title track duet was the first single issued and it got close to the Top 40 (#6 R&B), but it would be the only single from the album to make the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  As much as I love Aretha, her material around this time was not great, which includes this tune. I think the scope of this song is too small for her and Benson. They try to bring the song up to their level, but really don't succeed. There is even a small scat section near the end that almost sounds like a mistake. I just think they both deserved better than what this song could provide.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The album featured Franklin remaking the 1966 Sam & Dave hit "Hold On! I'm Comin'" (#1 R&B, #21 pop). Although not released as a single, the song got Franklin her ninth Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance.  2) The album also contained Franklin's version of "It's My Turn," originally a hit for Diana Ross in 1980 (#9 pop, #14 R&B). It was issued as a single and reached #29 at R&B, but failed to make the pop chart.


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