CD Lady Soul [Aretha Franklin] [081227979669] (CD 7042998),
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Lady Soul [Aretha Franklin] [081227979669]

  • 1. Chain of Fools
    2. Money Won't Change You
    3. People Get Ready
    4. Niki Hoeky
    5. (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman
    6. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)
    7. Good To Me As I Am To You
    8. Come Back Baby
    9. Groovin'
    10. Ain't No Way
    11. Chain of Fools [Unedited Version]
    12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman [Mono Single Version]
    13. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby) [Mono Single Version]
    14. Ain't No Way [Mono Single Version]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 97966

  • Credits
    ProducerJerry Wexler
    EngineerTom Dowd

    Personnel: Aretha Franklin (vocals, piano); Ralph Burns (conductor); Jimmy Johnson (guitar); Frank Wess (flute, tenor saxophone); Seldon Powell (tenor saxophone); Haywood Henry (baritone saxophone); Mel Lastie, Joe Newman, Bernie Glow (trumpet); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Spooner Oldham (piano, electric piano, organ); Warren Smith (vibraphone); Tommy Cogbill (bass); Roger Hawkins, Gene Chrisman (drums); Cissy Houston, Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin, Ellie Greenwich (background vocals).
    Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York between February 16 and December 20, 1967.
    Includes liner notes by David Nathan and original release liner notes by Jon Landau.
    Personnel: Aretha Franklin (vocals).
    Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
    Liner Note Author: Jon Landau.
    Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City (02/16/1967-12/20/1967).
    Arrangers: Arif Mardin; Tom Dowd.
    Aretha's Franklin's position as soul music's premier female vocalist was consolidated by this album. Her strident reading of Don Covay's 'Chain Of Fools' set the tone for a collection on which the singer unveiled several stellar original compositions and reinterpreted a batch of classic songs. Franklin's gospel roots were clearly displayed on the anthem-like 'People Get Ready' while her interpretation of 'Natural Woman' showed both vulnerable and assertive qualities. Lady Soul captures a performer at the peak of her power, restating her ability to take material and make it uniquely her own.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.116) - Ranked #84 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Another classic..."
    Q (p.120) - "[A] revelation, as producer Jerry Wexler guided her towards an inspired fusion of gospel, blues and R&B."
    Q (5/00, p.135) - Included in Q Magazine's "Best Soul Albums Of All Time"
    Q (7/93, p.106) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...arguably Aretha's all-time great...her closing sequence of Thank-the-Lord hollerings would transport a trainload of atheists to Heaven's gate..."
    Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
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