Thursday 3/25/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Aretha Franklin – Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) (1973)

Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin. Released on June 25, 1973 by Atlantic Records, It was the first Atlantic album by Aretha to miss the Top 25 of the album chart. (It peaked at #30.) This album was originally planned to be a straight jazz album with songs like “Moody’s Mood” and “Just Right Tonight”, but producers Franklin and Quincy Jones took a detour and produced songs like “Mister Spain” and the title cut.

Notable songs include the No. 1 R&B and top 20 pop single “Angel” written by Aretha’s younger sister, Carolyn Franklin, as well as a cover of “Somewhere” which features Franklin on piano and Phil Woods on alto saxophone. This recording was reissued on compact disc through Rhino Records in the 1990s. The song “Master of Eyes” was included as the tenth track on the reissue. Even though it was a single, it was not included on the first release.

“Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)” – 4:41
“Somewhere” – 6:14
“So Swell When You’re Well” – 4:14
“Angel” – 4:26
“Sister from Texas” – 3:08
“Mister Spain” – 6:41
“That’s The Way I Feel About Cha” – 7:10
“Moody’s Mood” – 2:55
“Just Right Tonight” – 7:42′
“Master of Eyes (The Deepness of Your Eyes)” – 3:25

Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, acoustic piano solo (2, 3)
Spooner Oldham – keyboards
Billy Preston – acoustic piano solo (9)
Jimmy Johnson – guitar
Tommy Cogbill – bass guitar
Jerry Jemmott – bass guitar
Roger Hawkins – drums
Richie Pratt – drums
Phil Woods – alto saxophone (2)
Joe Farrell – tenor sax solo (4), flute solo (6)
Willie Bridges – saxophone
Charles Chalmers – saxophone
Andrew Love – saxophone
Floyd Newman – saxophone
Wayne Jackson – trumpet