Soul '69

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Soul '69
Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released January 17, 1969
Recorded April 17–18 & September 24, 1968 at Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 40:49
Label Atlantic (#8212), Rhino
Producer Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Aretha in Paris
Soul '69
This Girl's In Love With You

Soul '69 is an album of cover material by Aretha Franklin, released on Atlantic Records in 1969.

The album charted at #1 on Billboard's R&B albums chart and at #15 on Billboard's Top Albums, but launched two largely unsuccessful singles, "Tracks of My Tears", which reached #21 on "Black Singles" and #71 on "Pop Singles", and "Gentle on My Mind", which charted at #50 and #76 respectively.

The album was re-released on compact disc through Rhino Records in the 1990s.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The album was critically well received. Music journalist Stanley Booth wrote in Rolling Stone that Soul '69 was "quite possibly the best record to appear in the last five years", describing it as "excellent in ways in which pop music hasn't been since the Beatles spear-headed the renaissance of rock".[2] In spite of critical praise and popular success, however, the album has sunk into obscurity, becoming one of what journalist Richie Unterberger terms as "[Aretha Franklin's] most overlooked '60s albums".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ramblin' (Maybelle Smith) – 3:10
  2. "Today I Sing the Blues" (Curtis Lewis) – 4:25
  3. "River's Invitation" (Percy Mayfield) – 2:40
  4. "Pitiful" (Rosie Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton) – 3:04
  5. "Crazy He Calls Me" (Bob Russell, Carl Sigman) – 3:28
  6. "Bring It on Home to Me" (Sam Cooke) – 3:45
  7. "The Tracks of My Tears" (Warren "Pete" Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin) – 2:56
  8. "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody" (Rudy Clark) – 3:08
  9. "Gentle on My Mind" (John Hartford) – 2:28
  10. "So Long" (Remus Harris, Irving Melsher, Russ Morgan) – 4:36
  11. "I'll Never Be Free" (Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss) – 4:15
  12. "Elusive Butterfly" (Bob Lind) – 2:45



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Booth, Stanley. (Mar 1, 1969) Soul '69 Rolling Stone. Accessed November 13, 2007.
  3. ^ Soul '69 at AllMusic
  4. ^ Album booklet