Lady Soul

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Appearing after a blockbuster debut and a sophomore set that was rather disappointing in comparison, 1968's Lady Soul proved Aretha Franklin, the pop sensation, was no fluke. Her performances were more impassioned than on her debut, and the material just as strong, an inspired blend of covers and originals from the best songwriters in soul and pop music. The opener, "Chain of Fools," became the biggest hit, driven by a chorus of cascading echoes by Franklin and her bedrock backing vocalists, the Sweet Impressions, plus the unforgettable, earthy guitar work of guest Joe South. The album's showpiece, though, was "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," a song written expressly ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Appearing after a blockbuster debut and a sophomore set that was rather disappointing in comparison, 1968's Lady Soul proved Aretha Franklin, the pop sensation, was no fluke. Her performances were more impassioned than on her debut, and the material just as strong, an inspired blend of covers and originals from the best songwriters in soul and pop music. The opener, "Chain of Fools," became the biggest hit, driven by a chorus of cascading echoes by Franklin and her bedrock backing vocalists, the Sweet Impressions, plus the unforgettable, earthy guitar work of guest Joe South. The album's showpiece, though, was "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," a song written expressly for her by Brill Building pop stalwarts Gerry Goffin and Carole King, based on a title coined by producer Jerry Wexler. One of the landmark performances in pop music, the song floats serenely through the verses until, swept up by Ralph Burns' stirring string arrangement again and again, Franklin opens up on the choruses with one of the most transcendent vocals of her career. And just as she'd previously transformed a soul classic Otis Redding's "Respect" into a signature piece of her own, Franklin courageously reimagined songs by heavyweights James Brown, Ray Charles, and the Impressions. Brown's "Money Won't Change You" is smooth and kinetic, her testifying constantly reinforced by interjections from the Sweet Inspirations. Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready," a 1965 civil-rights anthem and a hit for the Impressions, is taken at a slower pace than the original; after a quiet verse, Franklin lets loose amidst a magisterial brass arrangement by Arif Mardin. Powered by three hit singles each nested in the upper reaches of the pop Top Ten, Lady Soul became Aretha Franklin's second gold LP and remained on the charts for over a year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227193324
  • Catalog Number: 71933
  • Sales rank: 3,871

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Joe South Guitar
Bobby Womack Guitar
King Curtis Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Ralph Burns Conductor
Seldon Powell Flute, Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Ellie Greenwich Background Vocals
Carolyn Franklin Vocals, Background Vocals
Erma Franklin Background Vocals
The Sweet Inspirations Background Vocals
Gene Chrisman Drums
Cissy Houston Vocals
Eric Clapton Guitar
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Roger Hawkins Drums
Haywood Henry Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Melvin Lastie Trumpet
Spooner Oldham Keyboards, Electric Piano
Tony Studd Trombone, Bass Trombone
Frank Wess Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Warren Smith Background Vocals, Vibes
Technical Credits
Jim Ford Composer
Tom Dowd Engineer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Ted White Composer
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  • Posted April 6, 2013

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    One of the tabernacles of soul, a neat package of musical perfec

    One of the tabernacles of soul, a neat package of musical perfection.

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  • Posted October 11, 2012

    something wrong w/this CD

    this cd hisses like mad when played on my computer. I intended to rip CD and load on my mp3 player but no point in doing that with such poor sound quality. never encountered this w/other cds. what's up?

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