Aretha Franklin, 'Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)' (1973)
"I really did enjoy working with Quincy Jones – it was great," Aretha Franklin told Blues & Soul in 1973, soon after the release of her Jones-produced album Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky). If she sounded slightly defensive, it's because the album did not do gangbusters with either critics or fans, at least relatively speaking. Hey Now Hey's image has been rehabilitated since then, and rightfully so; while not uniformly as gutsy and gritty as her earlier output for Atlantic Records, it explored a panoply of moods and textures, with the non-album (but Jones-helmed) single "Master of Eyes (the Deepness of Your Eyes)" winning a Grammy. "I wanted to do the things the way I personally dug them, and I hoped the public would dig it a little more than they did," Franklin continued. "The album was quite successful, but people seem to prefer us to do just funky things or blues tunes, and I wanted to try something a little different on material that I liked myself." Six years before his mentorship of Michael Jackson, Jones was honing his talent for guiding iconic artists toward self-reinvention.