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Amazing Grace

Aretha FranklinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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“There are singers,” said Ray Charles, “then there is Aretha. She towers above the rest. Others are good, but Aretha is great. She’s my only sure-enough sister.”

Since the moment Aretha stepped to the pulpit at her father’s famed New Bethel Baptist Church as a young girl singing in the great gospel tradition, the world has recognized her as a musical ... Read more in Amazon's Aretha Franklin Store

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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mary, Don't You Weep
2. Precious Lord, Take My Hand/You've Got A Friend
3. Old Landmark (Spoken Introduction)
4. Give Yourself To Jesus
5. How I Got Over
6. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
7. Amazing Grace
Disc: 2
1. Precious Memories
2. Climbing Higher Mountains
3. Remarks By Rev. C.L. Franklin
4. God Will Take Care Of You
5. Wholy Holy
6. You'll Never Walk Alone
7. Never Grow Old

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Originally released as a double LP in 1972, Amazing Grace cracked the Billboard Top Ten upon its release, making it one of the bestselling gospel records of all time. Grace was recorded in a large Baptist church with an ultraenthusiastic, loving audience in the pews and a full, funky, band as well as the Southern California Community Choir under the direction of her mentor Rev. James Cleveland. Her voice is melismatic and intensely emotional, yet pure and controlled--as if she were directly channeling the Holy Ghost. Aretha's father, the brilliant preacher Rev. C.L. Franklin, makes a brief, proud appearance, remarking how "she has never left the church!" Highlights include the beautiful "Wholy Holy," an 11-minute, heart-stopping "Amazing Grace," and Inez Andrews's stirring song "Mary, Don't You Weep." Way more than a return-to-the-roots record, the set is an inspired gospel-soul workout that arguably showcases Aretha's strongest singing ever. --Mike McGonigal

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Amazing Grace Disc One by FRANKLIN, ARETHA

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aretha sings gospel, in the prime of her career May 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What else can be said that hasn't already been said about this masterpiece by the Queen of Soul?
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."
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the Lord August 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There are very few singers who have been able to have a succesful gospel album after they left the church to sing other genres. Aretha Franklin is without a doubt an exception. My grandmother had this C.D and after she died, I was cleaning out her old C.D's. I said that I would keep her Gospel C.D's. I started to throw out this one but I got out of bed and went to the collection I was gonna throw away. Thank God I didn't get rid of this because I play it every day. My favorite songs are MARY DONT YOU WEEP, OLD LANDMARK, HOW I GOT OVER, AMAZING GRACE, CLIMBING HIGHER MOUNTAINS, GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU, and PRECIOUS MEMORIES with James Clevland. James and Aretha's vocals on that song MOVE me like no other. If you had James Clevland on ANYTHING that sung about the Lord, you know it's a hit. Aretha can sing ANYTHING. Thats what makes her a TRUE singer. This is where Aretha got her start and let me say, in the words of her father, SHE'S NEVER LEFT THE CHURCH. If you're looking for something moving, I strongly recomend this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure goodness October 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
i decided to buy this album when i heard a recording of "mary, don't you weep," and felt that aretha actually channelled the voice of God in this recording. i'm not a very religious person, but this is definitely the kind of music that makes your hairs stand on end and goose bumps pop up on your flesh. even from someone who doesn't believe in the Christian messages of the songs. the kind of album that makes you think, "damn, this world is an amazing place". favorite tracks include "mary, don't you weep", "you've got a friend in jesus", and "wholly holy". awesome album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian, for one song October 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So what if I'm a long-term, retreat-going, cushion-sitting, Heart Sutra-chanting, daily-practicing Buddhist?

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.

Wholly holy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Is it possible that the genre could have produced anything better than this? Humbly, I say, "not likely."
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Soul's Triumphant Gospel Masterpiece May 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
While many artists come under intense criticism when they cross from the secular to the sacred, Aretha Franklin is unique in that she can just about do it all. After three decades, Franklin's "Amazing Grace" stands as one of the greatest gospel recordings of all time.
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Black Gospel Album of the 20th Century! October 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Aretha's finest recordings. The voice, choir and music are all in perfect harmony and each give peck performances through out the entire album. This is a live recording of a concert, performed in a black church. Although, I heard a critic say that "Wholly, Holy" was juiced up in the recording studio. There is also a documentary that was made of this concert under the same title. I believe Sidney Pollack (Out of Africa) was the director. Please, bear in mind, if you are expecting Kirk Franklin or new jack swing style gospel ... forget it! For those adults out there, who like me, grew up in the black church, you will feel as though you taking a trip back in time. Memories will come rushing in! The arrangements of the traditional songs and using secular songs like "You Got A Friend" turning them into gospel songs was innovative and considered "hip" at that time. You MUST have this album in your collection if you are a fan of Aretha's or gospel music!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so much like
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 great
Published 1 month ago by Jess J.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Everything
Aretha at her divine, soulful best. This CD illustrates why Rolling Stone magazine called her the greatest singer of all-time.
Published 6 months ago by Pam Burrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly One of a Kind Recording!
Many music critics agree this is probably one of the finest gospel albums ever recorded. This live, two-CD set is Aretha's crowning homage to her gospel roots and shows her... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Buzzed1
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic Aretha
This is a must have album for any Aretha fan. Also gospel music fans should have this album. It is great.
Published 12 months ago by Ronald James
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a must-have CD for fans or Aretha! It gets better and better every time we play it! My husband commented, "How did we every live without this CD?"
Published 21 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars So pleased!
I use to have this collection a long time ago and just thought about it one day. I decided to go to Amazon and see if they had it and they did and for a reasonable price. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Carol H
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album and Aretha!
When i was little my mother listened to this album all the time. She loved it so much she, my sister and i actually sang lead on a few of the songs in our church choir. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by Sweetessence
5.0 out of 5 stars It CAN get better than this
It can indeed get better than this burn-on-demand by Amazon - Rhino's 1999 Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings. 144 minutes. You will weep. Amen.
Published on December 9, 2011 by tourist in the city
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best
This is the best gospel cd, in my opinion, to date. Pure, raw singing. They don't make them like this anymore.
Published on August 20, 2011 by G. D Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Areatha Franklin's Amazing Grace
This CD is classic. It was recorded at the top of Areatha's most perfect pitch. The songs will live forever and bring a sense of comfort as you listen and meditate. Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Yolanda S. Davis
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