Aretha Franklin

Think

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Aretha Franklin's "Think" had the same kind of raucous energy and liberated women's subtext as her previous gold single, "Respect," though the women's lib movement was still years away. The driving number was recorded in April 1968 at Atlantic Records' New York recording studio. Producer Jerry Wexler used members of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section (Roger Hawkins, Spooner Oldham, Jimmy Johnson, Tommy Cogbill) as he'd done on Franklin's previous million-selling singles. Co-written by Franklin and her husband/manager Ted White and issued during the first weeks of May 1968, the million-selling "Think" stayed at number one R&B for three weeks, going to number seven pop in the summer of 1968. On the flipside was a swinging cover of the Sam Cooke classic "You Send Me," which broke the R&B Top 30 and mid-charted pop. Those tracks as well as the gold singles "See Saw" and "I Say a Little Prayer," her cover of the Dionne Warwick hit, and also "I Can't See Myself Leaving You" were included on her gold number one R&B (for 17 weeks) album Aretha Now. "Think" resurfaced when Franklin performed the song in the Dan Ackroyd/John Belushi movie The Blues Brothers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Aretha Now 1968 Atlantic & Atco Remasters / Rhino 2:19
Aretha's Gold 1969 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:19
No Image 1976 Atlantic
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MCA
The Best of Aretha Franklin 1984 Rhino / Atlantic 0:00
30 Greatest Hits 1985 Atlantic 2:15
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6 (1966-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 0:00
Baby Boomer Classics: Dance Sixties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:15
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:50
Through the Storm 1989 Arista 3:39
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:14
The Definitive Collection 1992 Atlantic 3:15
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino 2:16
Soul Hits, Vol. 3 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
Movin' on Up, Vol. 1: Songs from the Civil Rights Struggle 1994
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:16
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 1994 Rhino 4:14
Music from the Motion Picture: The War 1994
Various Artists
MCA 0:00
Lady Soul/Aretha Now 1995 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:17
Operation Dumbo Drop 1995
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:15
First Wives Club [Original Soundtrack] 1996
Original Soundtrack
Work Group / Sony Music Distribution 2:16
Only Dance 1965-1969 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:13
Rhythm Revue 1997 TVT 2:18
Let's Dance: The Best of Ballroom Swing, Lindy, Jitterbug & Jive 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:20
Think & Other Hits 1998 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:20
Soulful Divas, Vol. 4: Bold Soul Sisters 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:17
Funk Fest 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 2:16
Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music / Wrong 2:17
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 2:19
3 for 1 Box Set 2001 WEA International 2:20
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:16
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 2:17
Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin [Warner] 2002 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Warner Music 2:16
Aretha and Otis 2002 Warner Bros. / WEA International 2:17
Blues & Soul Masters 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:16
Fabulous: Music from the Ceremonies of the Gay Games VI 2003
Various Artists
Columbia 2:17
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 BMG Heritage / Arista 2:19
Respect [BCI] 2003 BCI-Eclipse Distribution 2:18
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:18
The Essentials 2005 Warner Music 2:18
Rhino Hi-Five: Aretha Franklin 2005 Atlantic / Rhino 3:16
Rhino Hi-Five: Black History Month Songs, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:16
The Platinum Collection 2007 Warner Platinum 2:18
Atlantic Top 60: Sweat-Soaked Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:18
Soul Queen 2007 Atlantic / Rhino 3:16
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:15
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 2:19
Original Album Series 2010 Warner Bros. 2:20
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:17
The Queen of Soul [Rhino 2014] 2014 Atlantic / Rhino 2:20
The Atlantic Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 2:20
A Brand New Me 2017 Atlantic / Rhino 2:54
The Atlantic Singles Collection, 1967-1970 2018 Atlantic / Rhino 2:20
The Queen of Soul [Rhino 2018] 2018 Atlantic / Rhino
100 Greatest Breakfast Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
100 Greatest Motivation Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
Introducing...Soul
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 3:16
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:18
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:15
No Image A*Vision Entertainment / Atlantic 0:00
No Image Rhino