Lady Soul is the twelfth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin released in early 1968, by Atlantic Records.

Lady Soul
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 22, 1968
RecordedFebruary 16 – December 20, 1967
StudioFAME Studios (Muscle Shoals, AL)
LabelAtlantic (SD 8176)
ProducerJerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Take a Look
Lady Soul
Aretha Now
Singles from Lady Soul
  1. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
    Released: September 1967
  2. "Chain of Fools"
    Released: November 1967
  3. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"/"Ain't No Way"
    Released: March 1968
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
Q [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]

Eric Clapton plays guitar on the album.


Lady Soul was Franklin's third R&B chart-topper and reached number two on the Billboard 200, tying with I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You for her highest-charting album on the pop chart. The album also included some of her biggest hit singles: "Chain of Fools" (#2 Pop), and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (#8 Pop), and "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (#5 Pop). It eventually sold well over a million copies in the United States alone. The album was reissued on Rhino Records in a deluxe edition in 1995.

Gospel/R&B singer Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney Houston) and her group the Sweet Inspirations are credited as background vocals on several tracks, along with Aretha's sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin. Eric Clapton, at the time a member of the band Cream, is credited as the guitarist on the track "Good to Me as I Am to You".

Lady Soul peaked at #1, #2 and #3 on Billboard's Black Albums, Pop Albums and Jazz Albums charts respectively. The single "Ain't No Way" – B-Side of "Since You've Been Gone (Sweet, Sweet, Baby)" – peaked at #9 on the Black Singles chart and #16 on the Pop Singles chart.


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5]

In 2003 the TV network VH1 named Lady Soul the 41st greatest album of all time. In 2003 and 2012, it ranked at number 85 on Rolling Stone's list "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[6] It rose to number 75 in a 2020 reboot of the list.[7] The album was rated the 29th best album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.[8]

Track listingEdit

All tracks produced by Jerry Wexler and Recording engineered by Tom Dowd.
B Side
1."(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"2:25
2."Good to Me As I Am To You"
  • Franklin
  • White
3."Come Back Baby"2:25
5."Ain't No Way"4:17
CD reissue bonus tracks
1."Chain of Fools" (Unedited Version)
  • Covay
2."(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Mono Single Version)
  • Goffin
  • King
  • Wexler
3."Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)" (Mono Single Version)
  • Franklin
  • White
4."Ain't No Way" (Mono Single Version)
  • Carolyn Franklin



Chart (1968) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Pop Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Soul Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums 3


Year released Title US
September 7, 1967
(Atlantic single #2441)
"You Make Me Feel Like A (Natural Woman)" 8 2
November 22, 1967
(Atlantic single #2464)
"Chain of Fools" 2 1
February 9, 1968
(Atlantic single #2486)
"Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)" 5 1
"Ain't No Way" 16 8

Note: Numbers in italic (following original single release information) denote peak positions on Billboard's "Top/Best Selling R&B Singles" and "Hot 100" charts respectively - courtesy BPI Communications and Joel Whitburn's Record Research Publications.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Lady Soul - Aretha Franklin | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ (Q issue 7/93, p.106)
  3. ^ Hoard, Christian. "Review: Lady Soul". Rolling Stone: 214–217. November 2, 2004.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  5. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
  6. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 2020-09-22. Retrieved 2021-10-09.
  8. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2017-08-22.