|Studio album by|
|Released||January 22, 1968|
|Recorded||February 16 - December 20, 1967 at Atlantic Studios,|
(New York City, New York)
|Aretha Franklin chronology|
|Singles from Lady Soul|
Lady Soul is the twelfth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on January 22, 1968, by Atlantic Records. The album was her second R&B chart-topper, the follow-up to Aretha Arrives and included some of her biggest hit singles, "Chain of Fools" (#2 Pop), and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (#8 Pop), and "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (#5 Pop). It eventually sold over a million copies in the United States alone. The album was reissued on Rhino Records in a deluxe edition in 1995.
Lady Soul peaked at #1, #2 and #3 on Billboard's Black Albums, Pop Albums and Jazz Albums charts respectively. The single "Ain't No Way" - B-Side of "Since You've Been Gone (Sweet, Sweet, Baby)" - peaked at #9 on the Black Singles chart and #16 on the Pop Singles chart.
Gospel/R&B singer Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney Houston) and her group the Sweet Inspirations are credited as background vocals on several tracks, along with Aretha's sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin. In 2003 the TV network VH1 named Lady Soul the 41st greatest album of all time. It is number 85 on Rolling Stones list "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album was rated the 29th best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.
CD reissue bonus tracks
|U.S. Billboard Top Pop Albums||2|
|U.S. Billboard Top Soul Albums||1|
|U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums||3|
|September 7, 1967
(Atlantic single #2441)
|"You Make Me Feel Like A (Natural Woman)"||8||2|
|November 22, 1967
(Atlantic single #2464)
|"Chain of Fools"||2||1|
|February 9, 1968
(Atlantic single #2486)
|"Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)"||5||1|
|"Ain't No Way"||16||8|
Note: Numbers in italic (following original single release information) denote peak positions on Billboard's "Top/Best Selling R&B Singles" and "Hot 100" charts respectively - courtesy BPI Communications and Joel Whitburn's Record Research Publications.