Soft and Beautiful is the ninth studio album by the American singer Aretha Franklin, released on June 20, 1969, by Columbia Records. The album was recorded when Franklin was 22 years old between July 9 and 16, 1964, It was her last album on Columbia before she moved to Atlantic Records and up until 1969, unreleased, although an alternative version of "A Mother's Love" appeared on Franklin's 1966 Columbia LP Soul Sister. It reached Number 29 on Billboard's R&B chart. Mark Bego, in Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, called it "the most consistently paced album of her later Columbia years". Originally released by Columbia Records, the album was reissued on CD with her 1962 album The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin.