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Who's Zoomin Who

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"You will remember my name," Aretha wryly announces at the end of this album's title cut. "I'm the one who beat you at your game." Such expressions of glee frequently break through Who's Zoomin' Who's mid-'80s gloss; the combination of the two made the disc her biggest critical and commercial success of the decade. Beyond the smash "Freeway of Love," there's also an update of "Sweet Bitter Love," a ballad from her early years on Columbia, and a rocking collaboration with Eurythmics, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves," that she completely takes over. --Rickey Wright

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"You will remember my name," Aretha wryly announces at the end of this album's title cut. "I'm the one who beat you at your game." Such expressions of glee frequently break through Who's Zoomin' Who's mid-'80s gloss; the combination of the two made the disc her biggest critical and commercial success of the decade. Beyond the smash "Freeway of Love," there's also an update of "Sweet Bitter Love," a ballad from her early years on Columbia, and a rocking collaboration with Eurythmics, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves," that she completely takes over. --Rickey Wright
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VD3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I purchased this cd for the bonus mixes/versions...the acappellas were recorded from vinyl!!!! WHAT?!?! The Record Label doesn't have the digital MASTERS from 1985...and for such a world renowned artist?!!? There is no mention that these mixes (and more?) were recorded from vinyl...yet here they are, especially Who's Zoomin Who, FULL of pops and hiss and background noise.

I've heard vinyl copies on the internet that were digitially cleaned FAR BETTER than this cd. There was ZERO attempt at cleaning up Who's Zoomin' Who (Acappella).

DO NOT BUY!!!!
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Or Aretha, Part Two. By the end of the 1970's Aretha Franklin's relationship with Atlantic Records had soured and her commercial and critical clout had all but disappeared. Enter Arista Records, and the dawn of a new decade. Never having got caught up in the Disco craze, Aretha was able to wipe her slate clean and get on with her life and her career. A few mildly succesful albums followed, she was able to again get nominated for Grammy Awards, and get her name in the soul charts. But pop success alluded her, until "Who's Zoomin Who?" took the nation by storm in the mid 1980's. The single lead single "Freeway of Love" was a huge smash. It managed to do what none of her singles in the previous ten years did - attract a big mainstream audience without sounding compromised and without alienating her fan base. Part dance, part rock, part soul. It was a winning combination and an undeniable, unstoppable hit. She broke out in a big way, garnering a new, younger audience, and recapturing the momentum that was seemingly lost. A few more Top Ten hits followed, and the Queen was back on top. Looking back, twenty years after "Who's Zoomin' Who?" was released, I think this album stands up. It doesn't sound dated, like some of her other 80's releases. "Freeway of Love" is still exciting, and managed to get me on my feet when I saw her in a rare concert performance a few years ago. The title track is still as funky as anything she's ever recorded. The single "Another Night" still has sass, and a lyric that really bites hard ( "you were phasing out, my sweet, and I knew it...you didn't give a damn how I got through it" ) The album cuts are just as good. "Until You Say You Love Me" still sounds as sweet to my ears as it did coming out of my boombox in 1985.Read more ›
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Much has been said of Aretha's somewhat disappointing post-Atlantic label output, when she left for Arista Records. This CD proves that notion wrong. The "Queen" sounds invigorated, sassy and in great voice on this outing. Like one of the songs, "Freeway of Love", she really steps on pedal in her pink Cadillac and ZOOMS her vocals. Compared with her other Arista CD's, she has rarely sounded better than on this recording. Of course having some great songs help too. There are the hits "Who's Zoomin Who" "Another Night" and the aforementioned.
But it is her rendition of "Sweet Bitter Love" that knocks the ball out of the park on a homerun. This is an old chestnut she recorded at Columbia Records in the mid-60s (pre-Atlantic days). She draws every emotional note from this blues-tinged song, it's almost like going to church, but Aretha is singing to hold on to an unfaithful lover. I wish she would do more songs in this vein, where she goes all out vocally. There's enough variety here to please almost any Aretha fan, the dance-floor hits and the gospel-flavored slow jams. She gets plenty of support from guests such as Annie Lennox, who only enhance this memorable CD. Producer Michael Narada should be credited with adding enough funk and juiced arrangements that don't get in the way of Aretha's remarkable vocals.
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Well, after finally receiving one of my favourite albums i must admit i felt very dissapointed, all the bonus versions of
Who's Zoomin Who sound poor, i knew something was not right as Funkytowngrooves the label who released this title have amazing sound quality on their releases - always using the original master tapes, i have purchased over 50 of their releases and ALL have been fantastic quality, I contacted the label by telephone and it was confirmed to me that Sony USA had used the wrong sound references and not the approved ones that had been checked and given the ok by Funkytowngrooves, the product is now being repressed completely and the new product with the correct sound will contain a slightly different catalogue number to the inferior first press - The Cat number will be FTG-282/2

I do feel for these guys as they put their Heart & Soul's into bringing back many classic titles, afte talking with them they seem very genuine and all round nice guys, so yes to sum up dissapointed with the product i purchased but very happy with teh way in which FTG responded when i contacted them, it was great to be able to talk to the label and to hear about the titles that they have planned in the future.

Looking forward to the replacement product and 5 Stars for customer service.

UPDATE: Thought i would update my post, Funkytowngrooves replaced the original product which was completely messed up by Sony manufacturing the wrong CD Refs, the product i received had a different Cat # FTG-282/2 ans is fantastic, sounds superb, Big thnaks to the guys at Funkytowngrooves who took a lot of stick over tis, i have now purchased many of their back catalogue releases and all are fantastic quality and from the master tapes !!! Happt Chappy here
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