Lady Soul (W / Bonus Selections)
Includes liner notes by David Nathan and original release liner notes by Jon Landau. Aretha's Franklin's position as soul music's premier female vocalist was consolidated by this album. Her strident reading of Don Covay's 'Chain Of Fools' set the tone for a collection on which the singer unveiled several stellar original compositions and reinterpreted a batch of classic songs. Franklin's gospel roots were clearly displayed on the anthem-like 'People Get Ready' while her interpretation of 'Natural Woman' showed both vulnerable and assertive qualities. Lady Soul captures a performer at the peak of her power, restating her ability to take material and make it uniquely her own. Boasting both 'Chain Of Fools' and '(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman,' this 1968 tour de force is one of the absolute pinnacles of the Queen's incredible artistic legacy. Remastered to perfection with all new liner notes plus 4 bonus tracks, 'Chain Of Fools' (Unedited Version), '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' (Mono Single Version), 'Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)' (Mono Single Version) & 'Ain't No Way' (Mono Single Version). 14 tracks in all. Rhino. 2003.