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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 ul... more »
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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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No one ever needed to record a gospel album after this one
Z. Faulks | South Florida USA | 11/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
5 stars for the Lord
Peace Brotha | 08/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Jonathan Ross | New York, NY United States | 10/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."