Amazing Grace - Aretha Franklin's biggest-selling album and the best-selling live gospel album of all time - is enjoying a revival nearly 50 years after it was recorded. Now Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings will be available on vinyl for the first time ever as a 180g 4LP-set, containing both of Aretha's transcendent performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which were recorded in Los Angeles on January 13 and 14, 1972.
Among the many signature moments that make up Franklin's remarkable career, these performances clearly stand out as some of her finest work. They were recorded over two nights as the singer performed church standards like "Precious Memories," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "How I Got Over," the latter written by gospel legend Clara Ward, who was listening in the audience. The performances were also attended by Franklin's father, the famed Reverend C.L. Franklin; Clara Ward and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers; and Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, who were in town recording Exile On Main Street.
Released on June 1, 1972, Amazing Grace would go on to sell more than two million copies in the in U.S. alone. It was not only the best-selling album of Franklin's career, but it still also holds the record as the best-selling live gospel album of all time. In addition, the album also earned Franklin a Grammy award, her first for Best Soul Gospel Performance. Originally, Amazing Graceincluded 13 songs, plus remarks by Reverend C.L. Franklin. In 1999, the album was remastered and expanded to include all of the recordings from both nights.
The 27-track, 4LP collection, Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings offers the ultimate look into these truly amazing recordings!
- On Our Way (1-13-1972 Opening Remarks Version)
- Opening Remarks (By Reverend C L. Franklin) [1-13-1972]
- On Our Way (1-13-1972 Version)
- Aretha's Introduction (1-13-1972 Thursday Night Version)
- Wholy Holy (1-13-1972 Version)
- You'll Never Walk Alone
- What a Friend We Have in Jesus
- Precious Memories
- How I Got Over
- Medley: Precious Lord, Take My Hand / You've Got a Friend
- Climbing Higher Mountains
- Give Yourself to Jesus
- Amazing Grace
- My Sweet Lord (1-13-1972 Instrumental Version)
- On Our Way (1-14-1972 Opening Remarks Version)
- On Our Way (1-14-1972 Version)
- Aretha's Introduction (1-14-1972 Friday Night Version)
- What a Friend We Have in Jesus (1/14/1972 Performance)
- Wholy Holy
- Climbing Higher Mountains (1-14-1972 Version)
- God Will Take Care of You
- Old Landmark - By Aretha Franklin with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community
- Mary, Don't You Weep
- Never Grow Old
- Remarks by Reverand C.L. Franklin
- Precious Memories
- My Sweet Lord ( 1-14-1972 Instrumental Version )
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