Soft and Beautiful

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Soft and Beautiful
Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released June 20, 1969
Recorded July 9–16, 1964
Genre Soul, R&B
Label Columbia
Producer Clyde Otis
Aretha Franklin chronology
Soul '69
Soft and Beautiful
Aretha's Gold

Soft and Beautiful is the seventeenth 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,[1] 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.[2] 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".[2] Originally released by Columbia Records, the album was reissued on CD with her 1962 album The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Only the Lonely" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
  2. "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" (Frank Loesser)
  3. (Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young (Johnny Mercer, M. Philippe-Gérard)
  4. "Shangri-La" (Carl Sigman, Robert Maxwell, Matty Malneck)
  5. "A Mother's Love" (Cliff Owens)

Side Two

  1. "My Coloring Book" (John Kander, Fred Ebb)
  2. "Jim" (Nelson Shawn, Caesar Petrillo, Milton Samuels)
  3. "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)" (Paul Francis Webster, Dimitri Tiomkin)
  4. "But Beautiful" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
  5. "People" (Jule Styne, Bob Merrill)



  1. ^ Take a Look - Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia liner notes
  2. ^ a b Bego, Mark Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80935-4. p. 76.