Lady Soul
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Lady Soul
Lady Soul
ArethaFranklinLadySoul.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 1968
RecordedFebruary 16 - December 20, 1967 at Atlantic Studios,
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length28:41
Label
ProducerJerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Take a Look
(1967)
Lady Soul
(1968)
Aretha Now
(1968)
Singles from Lady Soul
  1. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
    Released: September 1967
  2. "Chain of Fools"
    Released: November 1967
  3. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"/"Ain't No Way"
    Released: March 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars link
Q5/5 stars (7/93, p.106)

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.[1]

Legacy

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[2]

Track listing

All tracks produced by Jerry Wexler and Recording engineered by Tom Dowd

A Side

1. "Chain of Fools" (Don Covay) 2:46
2. "Money Won't Change You" (James Brown, Nat Jones) 2:08
3. "People Get Ready" (Curtis Mayfield) 3:42
4. "Niki Hoeky" (Jim Ford, Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas) 2:31
5. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler) 2:44

B Side

1. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) 2:25
2. "Good to Me as I Am to You" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) 3:56
3. "Come Back Baby" (Walter Davis) 2:25
4. "Groovin'" (Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati) 2:57
5. "Ain't No Way" (Carolyn Franklin) 4:17

CD reissue bonus tracks

1. "Chain of Fools" (Unedited Version) 4:22
Originally issued on the quad album The Best of Aretha Franklin, Atlantic #QD-8305, January 08, 1973
2. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Mono Single Version) 2:49
3. "Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)" (Mono Single Version) 2:28
4. "Ain't No Way" (Mono Single Version) 4:12

Charts

Chart (1968) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Pop Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Soul Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums 3

Singles

Year released Title US
Pop
US
R&B
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.

Personnel

See also

References

  1. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.

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