Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul (Vinyl)

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Lady Soul was Franklin's third R&B chart-topper and reached number two on the Billboard 200, tying with I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You for her highest-charting album on the pop chart. The album also 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 well over a million copies in the United States alone. The album was reissued on Rhino Records in a deluxe edition in 1995.

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. Eric Clapton, at the time a member of the band Cream, is credited as the guitarist on the track "Good to Me as I Am to You".

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


Well if you are looking for the definitive soul versions of songs like "Chain Of Fools" (which is spectacular), and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" this is where to find them. Aretha's voice is so self-assured and strong, she just belts out these songs like there's no tomorrow and I can't imagine anyone finding fault with any of them...or with any of the arrangements for that matter. It all just sounds so natural and passionate, she was definitely destined to be a singer. She covers Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready", Ray Charles' "Come Back Baby", James Brown's "Money Won't Change You", and well those are some pretty darned big names, but you'd better believe that Aretha owns each and every one of them. I really didn't know a heck of a lot about Aretha or her abilities aside from her hits, but after hearing this I'll definitely try to grab more of her albums because this clearly demonstrates why she is the Queen of Soul.

By: Goregirl.

A1 Chain Of Fools - 2:45
A2 Money Won't Change You - 2:02
A3 People Get Ready - 3:35
A4 Niki Hoeky - 2:33
A5 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - 2:37

B1 Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby) - 2:18
B2 Good To Me As I Am To You - 3:25
B3 Come Back Baby - 2:29
B4 Groovin' - 2:45
B5 Ain't No Way - 4.12


Arranged By – Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd
Backing Vocals – Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, The Sweet Inspirations
Baritone Saxophone – Haywood Henry
Bass – Tom Cogbill*
Bass Trombone – Tony Studd
Design [Cover] – Loring Eutemey
Drums – Roger Hawkins
Electric Piano, Organ – Spooner Oldham
Engineer [Recording] – Tom Dowd
Guitar – Bobby Womack, Jimmy Johnson (4), Joe South
Lacquer Cut By – Jack Adams (2)
Liner Notes – Jon Landau
Photography By [Cover] – Vincent Nanfra
Piano – Aretha Franklin
Producer – Jerry Wexler
Tenor Saxophone – King Curtis
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Frank Wess, Seldon Powell
Trumpet – Bernie Glow, Joe Newman, Mel Lastie*
Vibraphone [Vibraharp] – Warren Smith
℗ © 1968 Atlantic Recording Corporation
Manufactured in the E.U. [back sleeve, labels]

Sticker on shrinkwrap:
"Chain Of Fools"
Packaging replicated to the finest detail
Pressed with more care than ever