Young, Gifted and Black

Label
Rhino Atlantic
Release date
14 Dec 1993
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
44:22

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 A Brand New Me 4:24 7,847
2 April Fools 3:28 4,606
3 I've Been Loving You Too Long (LP Version) 3:08 637
4 First Snow In Kokomo (LP Version) 3:30 679
5 The Long and Winding Road 3:53 7,652
6 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) (LP Version) 4:20 749
7 Border Song (Holy Moses) 3:20 17,480
8 Young, Gifted And Black (LP Version) 3:32 625
9 All The King's Horses 3:53 7,599
10 Rock Steady 3:13 142,360
11 Day Dreaming 4:01 61,960
12 Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby) 3:40 8,710

About this album

Young, Gifted and Black is a Top 10 Gold-certified album by Aretha Franklin, recorded August 12, 1970 - February 16, 1971 and released in 1972. The album won Aretha a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance of the year. It takes its title from the Nina Simone song “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.”

It’s nearly impossible to single out any of Aretha Franklin’s early-’70s albums for Atlantic as being her best, particularly given the breadth of her output during this era. In terms of albums rather than singles, it’s probably her strongest era, and if you count live albums like Amazing Grace, choosing a standout or a favorite record isn’t any easier. Yet of this stunning era, Young, Gifted and Black certainly ranks highly among her studio efforts, with many arguing that it may be her greatest. And with songs like “Rock Steady,” that may be a valid argument. But there’s much more here than just a few highlights. If you really want to go song by song, you’d be hard-pressed to find any throwaways here — this is quite honestly an album that merits play from beginning to end. You have upbeat songs like the aforementioned “Rock Steady” that will get you up out of your seat moving and grooving, yet then you also have a number of more introspective songs that slow down the tempo and are more likely to relax than rouse.

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