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NOTE: this is the original version that made its debut in 1972, with added studio "high notes" and cut versions of the longer songs. Don't worry, it's all good...especially if you're just becoming familiar with Aretha's catalog. However, if you're a hardcore fan and want to hear how this concert really unfolded, I would also recommend "The Complete Recordings" version of this album. Simply "amazing."
I defy anyone to listen to the 11-minute rendition of "Amazing Grace" by Aretha and not be Christian for at least 11 minutes.
Or have some sort of religious experience.
Aretha The Queen of Soul was lead singer on the soundtrack of my youth. The day our mother brought home "Amazing Grace" was transforming for my sisters and me. During those days, it was not usual for a pre/teenager to just sit and listen to music, and it was even more unheard of for the parents to sit there with them, all having the same experience inspired by the music. That's the way "Amazing Grace" affected my family and me back then.
And it hit me the same way recently. I was at my mother's house when that familiar sound stirred the air and my soul. I ran to the room from which it wafted and I was filled with the most incredible joy--the joy of remembering and the pure enjoyment of the now.
I'd forgotten all about "Amazing Grace," and there my mother had the CD.
Gospel music and singing is the best thing that church offers to me, and this CD, "takes me to CHUCH!!"
Aretha's voice is so pure and unaffected. She clearly experienced these songs as well as sang them, and nearly 30 years later, I experienced them again too. It is impossible not to get emotional when the choir comes up, then hushes, then rises again.
When Aretha sings, "God will take care of you" I, tearfully, KNOW it is true.
A truly beautiful collection. I look forward to filling my heart and my home with it and sharing it with my children.
As an "essential" for the fan of both the singer and gospel music, there is not a wasted cut on this release. Franklin takes Marvin Gaye's passionate "Wholy Holy" to an entirely stratospheric level while James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend" transcends its pop beginnings. "How I Got Over" and "Climbing Higher Mountains" can literally "raise the dead" in their respective thunderous executions by Franklin and the Southern California Choir.
But "Precious Memories" and "Mary, Don't You Weep" are unparalleled as examples of the majesty and power of Black gospel.
One can't get any better than this and the current crop of hip-hop friendly gospel singers need to return to their roots...specifically THIS album.
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ordered several copies one case was falling apart and in pieces and on another loud background noise throughout disc 2 not disclosed at time of salePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hard to sing anything bad a bout Aretha's singing, though it's not among my favorite gospel albums.Published 18 months ago by William McDonald
The pipes on this woman sound like a well-crafted trumpet. This is classic gospel. I love this CD. It really takes you back to the old landmark.Published 20 months ago by Jacqueline Wheeler
Not so good recording, maybe because it was with the choir and in a chapel so it is not a solo performance... Also if the song is in original composition it would be greatPublished 23 months ago by Jess J.
Aretha at her divine, soulful best. This CD illustrates why Rolling Stone magazine called her the greatest singer of all-time.Published on January 7, 2014 by Pam Burrell