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Soul '69:Aretha Franklin

Soul '69 is the sixteenth 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.


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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]

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  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 RussellCarl Sigman) – 3:28
  6. "Bring It on Home to Me" (Sam Cooke) – 3:45
  7. "The Tracks of My Tears" (Warren "Pete" MooreSmokey RobinsonMarvin 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 BenjaminGeorge David Weiss) – 4:15
  12. "Elusive Butterfly" (Bob Lind) – 2:45



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