is the sixteenth Soul '69 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 ]
The album was critically well received.
Music journalist Stanley Booth wrote in that Rolling Stone 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". 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". 
Track listing [ edit ]
Maybelle Smith) – 3:10 "
Today I Sing the Blues" ( Curtis Lewis) – 4:25 "River's Invitation" (
Percy Mayfield) – 2:40 "Pitiful" (Rosie Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton) – 3:04
Crazy He Calls Me" ( Bob Russell, Carl Sigman) – 3:28 "
Bring It on Home to Me" ( Sam Cooke) – 3:45 "
The Tracks of My Tears" ( Warren "Pete" Moore, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin) – 2:56 "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody" (
Rudy Clark) – 3:08 "
Gentle on My Mind" ( John Hartford) – 2:28 "
So Long" (Remus Harris, Irving Melsher, Russ Morgan) – 4:36 "I'll Never Be Free" (
Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss) – 4:15 "
Elusive Butterfly" ( Bob Lind) – 2:45
Personnel [ edit ]
Aretha Franklin - vocals, piano (on #2,7,9)
Junior Mance - piano (1,3-6,8-11)
Spooner Oldham - organ (2,7)
Joe Zawinul - organ (5), electric piano (6,12)
Kenny Burrell (1,3-6,8-11), Jimmy Johnson - guitar (2,7)
Ron Carter (1,3-6,8-12), Jerry Jemmott (2,7) - bass
Tommy Cogbill - electric bass (2,7) Bruno Carr (1,3-6,8,9,12),
Roger Hawkins (2,7), Grady Tate (10,11) - drums Jack Jennings - vibraphone (5,7,9,12)
Louie Goicdecha, Manuel Gonzales - percussion (5,7,12)
David Newman - tenor saxophone, flute
King Curtis, Seldon Powell - tenor saxophone George Dorsey,
Frank Wess - alto saxophone
Pepper Adams - baritone saxophone
Joe Newman, Bernie Glow, Richard Williams, Snooky Young, Ernie Royal - trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Benny Powell, Thomas Mitchell - trombone Evelyn Greene, Wyline Ivy - backing vocals
Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd Arrangements by
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