Released: May 1976
Label: Rhino Atlantic
The 1970s were topsy-turvy for Aretha: She started the decade as the biggest soul star and ended it lost in the disco forests. But this soundtrack to the modestly charming 1976 musical was an oasis that gave her a much-needed hit. Despite Curtis Mayfield's lachrymose string arrangements, he wrote some incredible tunes, from the classic ballad "Something He Can Feel" to the '60s girl-group homage "Hooked on Your Love" and the groovy "Jump" (which the Pointer Sisters ripped off years later). The centerpiece is "I Get High," a drug addict lament that Aretha elevates to Greek tragedy.