Soulful (Dionne Warwick album)

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Studio album by Dionne Warwick
Released April, 1969
Genre Pop, R&B
Label Scepter
Producer Dionne Warwick, Chips Moman
Dionne Warwick chronology
Promises, Promises
(1968)Promises, Promises1968
I'll Never Fall in Love Again
(1970)I'll Never Fall in Love Again1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Soulful, an album by Dionne Warwick, was released in 1969 on Scepter Records. It was the first of Warwick's Scepter albums that did not directly involve her longtime production and songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David being produced by Warwick and Chips Moman and comprising covers of Soul or what were considered Soul-influenced Pop songs designed to showcase Warwick as more of an R&B singer than had her collaborations with Bacharach and David.


Warwick was encouraged to make an R&B album by the surprise appearance of B-side of her smash hit "Do You Know the Way to San Jose": "Let Me Be Lonely" on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where the gospel-tinged track with little or no promotion reached #71.[2]

Soulful was recorded at Moman's American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee; Warwick was backed by the studio houseband comprising Gene Chrisman (drums), Tommy Cogbill (bass), Bobby Emmons (keyboards) and Reggie Young (guitar).[3] Thirteen tracks were recorded: Warwick's renditions of "The Weight", "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" and "The Love of My Man" were not included on the album.

The track "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" was the only single released from the album in the U.S. and a success at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart(#13 R&B). In the UK, Dionne had a minor hit with "People Got To Be Free" written by Rascals Felix Cavaliere & Eddie Brigati. With a #11 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 album chart, Soulful was one of Warwick's most successful albums in the 1960s, due in part to its promotion via full-page newspaper ads placed by Warwick herself.

In 1972, Scepter released From Within which included all thirteen tracks from the Soulful sessions as well as thirteen obscure R&B influenced tracks by Warwick.[4] Issued as Warwick was ending her tenure with Scepter, From Within reached #169; the tracks "The Love of My Man" and "I'm Your Puppet" were issued as singles respectively bubbling under the Hot 100 at #107 and #113.

In January 2004, Rhino Handmade issued the limited edition (5000 copies) Soulful Plus an internet-only purchase disc comprising the thirteen tracks from the Soulful sessions plus nine obscure R&B influenced tracks by Warwick and a previously unreleased version of "Put a Little Love in Your Heart".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector4:23
2."I'm Your Puppet"Dan Penn, Linden Oldham3:02
3."People Got to Be Free"Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati2:55
4."You're All I Need to Get By"Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson2:24
5."We Can Work It Out"John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:30
Side two
6."A Hard Day's Night"Lennon, McCartney3:03
7."Do Right Woman - Do Right Man"Dan Penn, Lincoln Moman3:00
8."I've Been Loving You Too Long"Otis Redding, Jerry Butler3:31
9."People Get Ready"Curtis Mayfield2:44
10."Hey Jude"Lennon, McCartney4:02


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