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Charted: February 19, 1972

Rating: 4.545 (average of 2 ratings)

Genre: R&B > soul

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby)
  2. Day Dreaming
  3. Rock Steady
  4. Young, Gifted and Black
  5. All the King’s Horses
  6. A Brand New Me
  7. April Fools
  8. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
  9. First Snow in Kokomo
  10. The Long and Winding Road
  11. Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time
  12. Border Song (Holy Moses)


sales in U.S. only ˝ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ˝ million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 11
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Rock Steady (10/30/71) #9 US, #2 RB
  • Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby) (10/30/71) #73 US, #9 RB
  • Day Dreaming (3/18/72) #5 US, #1 RB, #11 AC. Gold single.
  • All the King’s Horses (3/18/72) #26 US, #7 RB


One of VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Albums of All Time.

Young, Gifted and Black
Aretha Franklin
“It's nearly impossible to single out any of Aretha Franklin's early '70s albums for Atlantic as being her best, particularly given the breadth of her output during this era. In terms of albums rather than singles, it's probably her strongest era, and if you count live albums like Amazing Grace, choosing a standout or a favorite record isn't any easier. Yet of this stunning era, Young, Gifted & Black certainly ranks highly among her studio efforts, with many arguing that it may be her greatest. And with songs like Rock Steady, that may be a valid argument. But there's much more here than just a few highlights. If you really want to go song by song, you'd be hard-pressed to find any throwaways here — this is quite honestly an album that merits play from beginning to end. You have upbeat songs like the aforementioned ‘Rock Steady’ that will get you up out of your seat moving and grooving, yet then you also have a number of more introspective songs that slow down the tempo and are more likely to relax than rouse. And if that wide spectrum of mood isn't enough reason to celebrate this album, you get some unlikely songs like a take on The Long and Winding Road. Plus, you also have to keep in mind that Franklin was in her prime here, not only in terms of voice but also in terms of confidence — you can just feel her exuding her status as the best of the best. Furthermore, her ensemble of musicians competes with any that she had worked with on previous albums. So even if this isn't the greatest Aretha album of the early '70s, it's certainly a contender, the sort of album that you can't go wrong with” (Birchmeier).

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Last updated April 8, 2008.