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Lady Soul


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  • 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, piano); Carolyn Franklin (vocals, background vocals); Cissy Houston (vocals); Jimmy Johnson , Eric Clapton, Joe South, Bobby Womack (guitar); Seldon Powell (flute, tenor saxophone, horns); Frank Wess (flute, tenor saxophone, wind); King Curtis (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Haywood Henry (saxophone, baritone saxophone); Joe Newman , Bernie Glow, Melvin Lastie (trumpet); Tony Studd (trombone, bass trombone); Spooner Oldham (electric piano, keyboards); Warren Smith (vibraphone, background vocals); Gene Chrisman, Roger Hawkins (drums); Ellie Greenwich, Erma Franklin, The Sweet Inspirations (background vocals).
  • Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY (02/16/1967-12/20/1967).
  • 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.
Professional 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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