Soul '69

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Soul '69
Soul '69.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 17, 1969
RecordedApril 17–18 & September 24, 1968
StudioAtlantic Studios, (New York City, New York)
LabelAtlantic (#8212), Rhino
ProducerTom Dowd, Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Aretha in Paris
Soul '69
Soft and Beautiful
Singles from Soul '69
  1. "The Tracks of My Tears"
    Released: 1969
  2. "Gentle on My Mind"
    Released: April 1969

Soul '69 is the fourteenth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on 1969 by Atlantic Records, the album features covered material. 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
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(positive)[2]

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".[3] 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".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Ramblin'"Big Maybelle3:10
2."Today I Sing the Blues"Curtis Reginald Lewis4:25
3."River's Invitation"Percy Mayfield2:40
4."Pitiful"Rosie Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton3:04
5."Crazy He Calls Me"Bob Russell, Carl Sigman3:28
6."Bring It On Home to Me"Sam Cooke3:45
Side two
7."Tracks of My Tears"Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, Marv Tarplin2:56
8."If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody"Rudy Clark3:08
9."Gentle on My Mind"John Hartford2:28
10."So Long"Russ Morgan, Remus Harris, Irving Melsher4:36
11."I'll Never Be Free"Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss4:15
12."Elusive Butterfly"Bob Lind2:45


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Booth, Stanley (1 March 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ Booth, Stanley. (Mar 1, 1969 Soul '69 Rolling Stone. Accessed November 13, 2007.
  4. ^ Soul '69 at AllMusic

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