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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 (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,410 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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Amazing Grace Disc One by FRANKLIN, ARETHA

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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

Customer Reviews

Not only does she make you hear her!---She makes you FEEL HER!!
HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!!
Although she is more famous as a soul singer, this gospel album is still considered as one of her best albums to this day.
H. Tanabe
I discovered my copy of this cd at a used cd store many years ago - - - what a great find!!
D. Nasatir

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peace Brotha on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2003
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 By Jonathan Ross on 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 By zenmaenad on October 15, 2007
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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 By Z. Faulks on November 9, 2003
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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 By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on 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 By A Customer on October 8, 1999
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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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