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Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings CD


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  • Audio CD (May 4, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: May 4, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000IPY3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Organ Introduction (On Our Way)
2. Opening Remarks
3. On Our Way
4. Aretha's Introduction
5. Wholy Holy
6. You'll Never Walk Alone
7. What A Freind We Have In Jesus
8. Precious Memories
9. How I Got Over
10. A. Precious Lord, Take My Hand/B. You've Got A Friend
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Organ Introduction (On Our Way)/Opening Remarks
2. On Our Way
3. Aretha's Introduction
4. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
5. Wholy Holy
6. Climbing Higher Mountains
7. God Will Take Care Of You
8. Old Landmark
9. Mary, Don't You Weep
10. Never Grow Old
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Aretha's awe-inspiring (and Grammy-winning) 1972 gospel album ascended to #7 on the pop album charts and featured legendary performances of How I Got Over; You've Got a Friend , and her charting rendition of Wholy Holy . This 2-CD set presents, for the first time, the entire unedited performance-at 27 tracks, it's nearly double the length of the original release!

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This Rhino re-release of Amazing Grace is at least as much a work of love as of marketing. The sound is beefier and clearer, but most importantly, the two-day church sessions are included. So, there's much more church (specifically, Reverend James Cleveland's marvelous orating) on the record, as well as contemporaryisms such as a cool organ rendition of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord." Originally released as a double LP in 1972, Amazing Grace cracked the Billboard Top 10 on its release, making it one of the best selling gospel records of all time. Grace was recorded in a large Baptist church with an ultraenthusiastic audience in the pews, a full, funky band, and the Southern California Community Choir under the direction of Franklin's mentor, Cleveland. Her voice is melismatic and intensely emotional, yet pure and controlled, as if she is channeling the Holy Ghost. Franklin's father, the brilliant preacher Reverend C.L. Franklin, makes a brief, proud appearance, remarking, "She has never left the church!" Other highlights include the beautiful "Wholy Holy," an 11-minute, heart-stopping "Amazing Grace," and Inez Andrews's stirring "Mary, Don't You Weep." Way more than a return-to-the-roots record, this set is an inspired gospel-soul workout that arguably showcases Franklin's strongest singing ever. --Mike McGonigal

Customer Reviews

For lovers of an older style of Gospel music this is a "must have" for your collection.
Bruce K. Paulson
You would have had to be a true heathen not to be moved, touched and inspired by this amazing album.
L. Boki
This is a brilliant live album of Aretha singing some of the best gospel tunes I've ever heard.
Spider Monkey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Brady on September 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you think Aretha Franklin's early Atlantic albums were the perfect combination of gospel, soul and rock, and you haven't heard this set, then you need to. It is in my opinion the best record of her career. Recorded live, with a few overdubs, during two nights at a church, she is backed by a great band, and a truly amazing choir. She is joined on occasion by the Reverend James Cleveland ( most notably on an awe-inspiring and spine tingling rendition of Precious Memories ). Amazing Grace was originally two compact discs, but was much shorter, and had most of the sermons taken out. This re-issue is the COMPLETE 2 nights,sermons included, and with all of the original overdubbing removed. If you have listened to both versions as many times as I have , you will spot the few overdubs that were removed. This is Aretha in a voice more primal, more moving, more soulful than at any time in her long recorded career. Everything else pales in comparison. A truly gifted woman at her prime. This is a must have fans of Franklin or fans of Gospel music.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Bradley on December 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There was a time, not too long ago, when the Rhino label was ridiculed because it wasted a lot of time and effort releasing oddities that nobody needed--triple-disc box sets from one-hit wonders and the like--but, for my money, Rhino has become one of the most important labels in the industry.
That's because they have turned their attention to saving some forgotten classics from the dustbin. And don't kid yourself for a second, though it may never have been heard on LP-format FM radio when it was released in a more abbreviated format in 1973 (though it is one of Franklin's best selling LPs), AMAZING GRACE is one of the absolute classics of it's time, a chunky R&B treatment of Gospel by thE Queen of Soul.
Aretha Franklin ranks with Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald as one of the all-time great American singers, and this CD showcases her amazing pipes in a perfect setting: piano, organ, a bit of drums and guitar, but mostly the power of Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir carrying things along. The mix gives Franklin room to breathe and move. The result is one of the earthiest albums you'll ever hear.
"How I Got Over" is a real Southern Baptist shouter, but it's the tunes that start off in a gentle slide that most clearly demonstrate Franklin's mastery: "You'll Never Walk Alone," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," and "Amazing Grace."
There's even a great instrumental, Baptized version of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord."
This is a tour de force which everyone should own, and one of my all-time favorite records.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Visa on June 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I brought this cd because i lost my copy of the original amazing grace cd. But when i got amazing grace: the complete recordings, i was very dissapointed, most because my favorite songs on the original recording; Old landmark and climbing higher mountain, have been replaced by different versions, which does not showcase Aretha`s vocal skills as they do on the original recording. Although the packaging and booklet are great, i would much rather reccomend the original cd, at lest if you want to hear Aretha at her very best:)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don Pybus on January 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Speaking of "weeping" this album never fails to make me do just

that as I'm listening to this beautiful choir,band and of course

Aretha doing what she does best. This album has a wonderful "live" presence to it that makes you feel like you

are "right there". If you are a "Gospel Fan"....doen't hesitate to click on the "purchase" button. You will have something very special.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia on December 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have just reviewed this CD and I also own an original cassette of the concert live,which i've played to death!I'm a minister of music for my church and I have never heard a more touching gospel ablum.That touches the soul as this one.Each moment on this CD is power packed!Especially the sound clips of Rev.Cleveland Aretha's dad.That really took me all the way back.And who can not enjoy hearing the legend of Gospel himself Rev.James Cleveland who opened his heart and doors of his church to this great project?He has to say something on the occasion.The audience was so pumped you could feel the spirit.That's churchin!(For those who remember)But I can't help but wonder was there a video done on this one,I would gladly pay to see it!!Every dime spent on this project is blessed!This is a recording well worth calling "Gospel At It's Best,From The Heart."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Jones on August 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to this CD numerous times. I never get tired of hearing it. I viewed a clip of Aretha singing Amazing Grace on the night this recording was made. I would love to see the whole recording in its entirety. I wish someone would tell the powers that be that people would love to have Amazing Grace as a part of their video library. This is Gospel. Aretha "sang" that night. I do mean Sang. I realize this was recorded in 1972, who cares. I heard it suppose to have been released as a documentary. I don't understand what the hold up is. this recording is a Jewel. I purchased the album, and I have 2 of the CD's. This recording is definetly Gospel at its best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My vocabulary cannot come close to describing the spirituality, the soul, the love, or the hope found in this work of art. I was four years old when the original recordings were done. Now, 27 years later, Aretha, the choir, the songs and the arrangements are unbelievably strong and moving. You are doing yourself and injustice if you do not get this!!!
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