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Aretha Franklin: Hey Now Hey (the Other Side of the Sky) [Atlantic, 1973]
In which she rejects the producers who made her career for Quincy Jones and drifts off into the hey now hey with rudder trailing. "So Swell When You're Well" and "Sister From Texas" might sneak onto Spirit in the Dark with a little more funk, and "Just Right Tonight" busies itself nicely, but too much of this is pretentious baloney, and "Somewhere" and "Mister Spain" are horrid. B-