Spirit in the Dark is the eighteenth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on August 24, 1970 by Atlantic Records. It received mostly positive reviews, but was met with middling sales, despite having two hit singles, "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", which peaked at #1 R&B, #11 on the Hot 100, and "Spirit in the Dark", peaking at #3 R&B and #23 Hot 100, in Billboard magazine. It was Aretha's first Atlantic album to fall short of Billboard's Top 20, but it is now considered to be one of Aretha's classic Atlantic LPs. In 1994, Rhino Records re-issued this recording on compact disc. Kanye West has sampled the album title song in his "School Spirit", found on the album The College Dropout.


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Track Listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" (Ahmet Ertegün, Betty Nelson) - 3:02
  2. "The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday's Kiss)" (Rick Darnell, Roy Hawkins) - 4:41
  3. "Pullin'" (Carolyn FranklinJimmy Radcliffe) - 3:38
  4. "You and Me" (Aretha Franklin) - 3:34
  5. "Honest I Do" (Ewart AbnerJimmy Reed) - 3:19
  6. "Spirit in the Dark" (Aretha Franklin) - 4:03
  7. "When the Battle Is Over" (Jessie HillMalcolm Rebennack) - 2:43
  8. "One Way Ticket" (Aretha Franklin)- 2:52
  9. "Try Matty's" (Aretha Franklin) - 2:32
  10. "That's All I Want from You" (Fritz Rotter) - 2:44
  11. "Oh No Not My Baby" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:55
  12. "Why I Sing the Blues" (Dave ClarkRiley King) - 3:05


Chart History[edit]Edit

Name Chart (1970) Peak


Spirit in the Dark U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 25
Spirit in the Dark U.S. Top R&B Albums 2

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