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Friday, 22 January 2016

Rewind: 1968 Lady Soul - Aretha Franklin

Lady Soul - Aretha Franklin
Atlantic
Produced by Jerry Wexler
Released 22nd January 1968
US Chart #2
UK Chart #25



 Side One
    1. "Chain Of Fools" (Don Covay) 2:46
        Recorded on June 23, 1967
        Aretha Franklin - lead vocals and piano; Jimmy Johnson and Joe South - guitars; Spooner Oldham - electric piano; Tommy Cogbill - bass; Roger Hawkins - drums; The Sweet Inspirations, Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin & Ellie Greenwich - background vocals

    2. "Money Won't Change You" (James Brown, Nat Jones) 2:09
    3. "People Get Ready" (Curtis Mayfield) 3:42
        Recorded on December 19 and 20, 1967
        Aretha Franklin - lead vocals and piano; Bobby Womack - guitar; Spooner Oldham - organ; Tommy Cogbill - bass; Roger Hawkins - drums; Melvin Lastie, Joe Newman, Bernie Glow - trumpets; Tony Studd - bass trombone; King Curtis, Seldon Powell, Frank Wess - tenor saxophones; Frank Wess - flute; Haywood Henry - baritone saxophone; Carolyn Franklin & The Sweet Inspirations - background vocals; horn arrangement: Arif Mardin

    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
        Recorded on February 16, 1967
        Aretha Franklin - lead vocals; Spooner Oldham - piano; Tommy Cogbill - bass; Gene Chrisman - drums; The Sweet Inspirations, Carolyn & Erma Franklin - background vocals; strings conducted by Ralph Burns

Side Two
    1. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) 2:25
        Recorded on December 16 and 17, 1967
        Aretha Franklin - lead vocals; Jimmy Johnson and Bobby Womack - guitars; Spooner Oldham - electric piano; Tommy Cogbill - bass; Roger Hawkins - drums; Melvin Lastie, Joe Newman, Bernie Glow - trumpets; Tony Studd - bass trombone; King Curtis, Seldon Powell, Frank Wess - tenor saxophones; Haywood Henry - baritone saxophone; The Sweet Inspirations, Carolyn & Erma Franklin - background vocals; horn arrangement: Arif Mardin

    2. "Good to Me As I Am to You" (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) 3:56
        Recorded on December 16 and 17, 1967
        Aretha Franklin - vocals and piano; Spooner Oldham - organ; Tommy Cogbill - bass; Roger Hawkins - drums; Melvin Lastie, Joe Newman, Bernie Glow - trumpets; Tony Studd - bass trombone; King Curtis, Seldon Powell, Frank Wess - tenor saxophones; Frank Wess - flute; Haywood Henry - baritone saxophone. Eric Clapton of "Cream" - guitar obbligato. Note: Jimmy Johnson & Bobby Womack also played guitars on the take but were left off the mix-down.

    3. "Come Back Baby" (Walter Davis) 2:25
        Recorded on December 19 and 20, 1967
        Aretha Franklin - lead vocals; Jimmy Johnson and Bobby Womack - guitars; Spooner Oldham - organ; Tommy Cogbill - bass; Roger Hawkins - drums; Melvin Lastie, Joe Newman, Bernie Glow - trumpets; Tony Studd - bass trombone; King Curtis, Seldon Powell, Frank Wess - tenor saxophones; Haywood Henry - baritone saxophone; The Sweet Inspirations, Carolyn & Erma Franklin - background vocals; horn arrangement: Arif Mardin

    4. "Groovin'" (Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati) 2:57
    5. "Ain't No Way" (Carolyn Franklin) 4:17
        Recorded on December 19 and 20, 1967
        Aretha Franklin - lead vocals and piano; Warren Smith - vibraharp; Tommy Cogbill - bass; Roger Hawkins - drums; Melvin Lastie, Joe Newman, Bernie Glow - trumpets; Tony Studd - bass trombone; King Curtis, Seldon Powell, Frank Wess - tenor saxophones; Frank Wess - flute; Haywood Henry - baritone saxophone; Carolyn Franklin and The Sweet Inspirations - background vocals; Cissy Houston - vocal obbligato; string and horn arrangement: Arif Mardin

Lady Soul was the 14th Studio album by Aretha Franklin. The album contains three of her biggest hit singles, Chain of Fools (#2), (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman (#8), and (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone (#5).

Next to I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You album, Lady Soul is probably one of my favourites of early days from the Queen of Soul (though saying early years is quite funny since she had already been recording for 12 years up to this point!). 

One of things that always fascinates me about some of these classic albums is the quality musicians who play and sing on them. This one is no different: Jimmy Johnson, Spooner Oldham, Bobby Womack, Eric Clapton, and  Cissy Houston and her group The Sweet Inspirations to name but a few.

Lady Soul is #84 in Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.



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