Amazing Grace is a live gospel album by American soul singer Aretha Franklin. It was recorded in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptish Church in Los Angeles, with Reverend James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir accompanying Franklin in performance. The recording was originally released as a double album on June 1, 1972, by Atlantic Records.
Amazing Grace Disc One by FRANKLIN, ARETHA. 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. by Aretha Franklin with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community. Old Landmark by Aretha Franklin with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community.
The Southern California Community Choir, decked out in shiny silver vests, is led by its enthusiastic conductor the Rev Alexander Hamilton. The remainder of the group include top session men, such as Bernard Pretty Purdie on drums and Chuck Rainey on bass. But this isn’t a studio, it’s a church loaded with sound gear and a team of cameramen buzzing around. At the halfway mark comes an astounding rendition of Amazing Grace that is stretched out to nearly 11 minutes. The camera moves across the faces of the choir, who are first to leap to their feet in support. Then the audience, then Cleveland, who moves from teary to full-on sobbing. Franklin lets Cleveland do the talking for her on night one, but on night two there’s a visit from her father, who doesn’t just give a touching speech, he comes up to mop her brow when the sweat gets too much.
Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir - Wholy Holy (Single).
That film - Amazing Grace, a companion to Franklin’s album that was shot during the live sessions for the record - made its movie festival premiere this week in New York. I always had faith and love for the recordings, says Elliott. And I accepted the awesome responsibility of this premier document of American popular music - and knowing that if I didn’t do it, it would not get done. Over two nights, Franklin settled into the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, accompanied by her regular band, her friend and gospel great, the Reverend James Cleveland, and the Southern California Community Choir. Aretha Franklin in ‘Amazing Grace. Still hoping to release the documentary, which had been pared down to about 90 minutes of the best moments from the two nights, Elliott arranged for a private screening in 2011.
Aretha Franklin's biggest-selling album and the best-selling live gospel album of all time - is enjoying a revival nearly 50 years after it was recorded. CBS will also be honoring Franklin's career on March 10 with Aretha: A Grammy® Tribute To The Queen Of Soul. James Cleveland 2. "On Our Way" - Southern California Community Choir 3. Aretha's Introduction - Rev. James Cleveland 4. "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" 5. "Wholy Holy". Side Six 1. "Climbing Higher Mountains" 2. "God Will Take Care Of You" 3. "Old Landmark". Side Seven 1. "Mary, Don't You Weep" 2. "Never Grow Old". Side Eight 1. Remarks By Reverend . Franklin 2. "Precious Memories" - With Rev. James Cleveland 3. "My Sweet Lord" - Instrumental.
With Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir, . A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. The miracle of Aretha Franklin in her prime filmed by Sidney Pollack. I saw this film at its world premiere in NY at the NYDoc Fest. The Rev Al Sharpton gave the invocation. And the Great Rev. James Barber further illuminated all of us about the meaning of Arentha's worrying a note. In between was one of the most remarkable, moving, inspiring evenings I have ever spent in any kind of theater ever. Of course, I'm a fan, I do work in the industry, but I'm first a fan of young Aretha's
James Cleveland, his Southern California Community Choir and choir director Rev. Alexander Hamilton (who also attended the film’s premiere), Franklin, wearing a green paisley cape gown, moves back and forth between the church's lectern and a Steinway piano in the film, her face dripping with sweat as she riffs on gospel classics such as Amazing Grace and You’ve Got a Friend in Jesus. The original Southern California Community Choir that sang with Franklin on her Amazing Grace record paid tribute to her at Sunday's event by singing those same hymns . Aretha’s music - specifically this album, Amazing Grace - it speaks to love, it speaks to spirit, it speaks to hope, inspiration. We need that now more than ever.
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|A1||Mary Don't You Weep||7:29|
|A2||Medley: Precious Lord, Take My Hand / You've Got A Friend||5:34|
|A4||Give Yourself To Jesus||5:16|
|B1||How I Got Over||4:22|
|B2||What A Friend We Have In Jesus||6:03|
|C2||Climbing Higher Mountains||2:32|
|C3||Remarks By Reverend C.L. Franklin
Voice [Spoken Word] – Reverend C.L. Franklin
|C4||God Will Take Care Of You||8:48|
|D2||You'll Never Walk Alone||6:31|
|D3||Never Grow Old||9:57|
- Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
- Mastered At – Atlantic Studios
- Choir – James Cleveland*, The Southern California Community Choir
- Mastered By – George Piros
- Producer – Jerry Wexler
- Producer, Arranged By – Aretha Franklin
- Producer, Remix, Edited By – Arif Mardin
Notes"MO" suffix in label matrix denotes a Monarch pressing.
As opposed to Amazing Grace, Amazing Grace, or Amazing Grace in this two record set Side One is backed with Side Two and Side Three is backed with Side Four. As well, this label lists the Rockefeller Plaza address as opposed to the Broadway address, notably without the Warner Communications Company listed as opposed to Amazing Grace.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Label Side 1): ST-A-722493-MO
- Matrix / Runout (Label Side 2): ST-A-722495-MO
- Matrix / Runout (Label Side 3): ST-A-722496-MO
- Matrix / Runout (Label Side 4): ST-A-722494-MO
- Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Runout): ST-A-722493D-EX (Ac) AT/GP MR Δ16953
- Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Runout): ST-A-722494-D ST-A-7224("4" is written over a "5")95-C("C" is written over a "D")-EX (Ac) MR Δ16954
- Matrix / Runout (Side 3 Runout): ST-A-722494-Re AT/GP MR Δ16954X
- Matrix / Runout (Side 4 Runout): ST-A-722494-D-EX (Ac) AT/GP Δ16953-X
|SD 2-906||Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland* & The Southern California Community Choir||Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland* & The Southern California Community Choir - Amazing Grace (2xLP, Album, RI)||Atlantic||SD 2-906||US||1972|
|SD 2-906||Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland* & The Southern California Community Choir||Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland* & The Southern California Community Choir - Amazing Grace (2xLP, Album, Gat)||Atlantic||SD 2-906||US||1972|
|R2 75627||Aretha Franklin||Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings (2xCD, Album, RE, RM)||Rhino Records||R2 75627||US||Unknown|
|CS 2-906||Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland* & The Southern California Community Choir||Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland* & The Southern California Community Choir - Amazing Grace (Cass, Album)||Atlantic||CS 2-906||US||Unknown|
|2906-1||Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland* & The Southern California Community Choir||Aretha Franklin With James Cleveland* & The Southern California Community Choir - Amazing Grace (2xLP, Album)||Atlantic||2906-1||Australia||1986|