Aretha Franklin‘s “Amazing Grace” was the late singer’s biggest-selling album and the best-selling live gospel album of all time. Nearly 50 years after it was recorded, it’s finally enjoying a revival.

Not too long ago, Rhino Records released Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings” album featuring new radio edits for the singles, “How I Got Over” and “Wholy Holy”. 

The project follows the debut of the long-awaited documentary about the making of that legendary double live album.

Aretha Franklin – “Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings”

Aretha Franklin - “Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings (Live)” artwork

CBS will be honoring Aretha Franklin’s music career on March 10th with Aretha: A Grammy® Tribute To The Queen Of Soul.

Tyler Perry will host the two-hour star-studded event, which will feature special performances by Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and BeBe Winans.

Also, it will feature recent Grammy nominees Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA.

Aretha Franklin – “Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings”

Aretha Franklin - “Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings”

Rhino Records will continue to celebrate Aretha Franklin with the release of “Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings” on vinyl for the first time ever.

Released just three days before the iconic singer’s birthday, the set ($99.98) includes four, 180-gram LPs that contain both of Aretha’s transcendent performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

The performances stand as some of Franklin’s finest work. Also, they were recorded in Los Angeles on January 13 and 14, 1972, 

“Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings”

Aretha Franklin - “Amazing Grace- The Complete Recordings (Live)” artwork 1972

Aretha Franklin performed church standards like “Precious Memories”, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, and “How I Got Over”, written by gospel legend Clara Ward, who was listening in the audience.

Other attendees included Franklin’s father, the famed Reverend C.L. Franklin, Clara Ward, and Mother Ward of the Ward Family Singers.

Also, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, who were in town recording Exile On Main Street, were in the audience.

“Amazing Grace” album 1972

Aretha Franklin - “Amazing Grace” artwork 1972

Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ album sold more than 2M copies in the U.S. alone. In addition, the album also earned Franklin a Grammy award, her first for Best Soul Gospel Performance.

Originally, “Amazing Grace” included 13 songs, plus remarks by Reverend C.L. Franklin.

Also, last November, “Amazing Grace” documentary premiered at the 2018 DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival.

Get acquainted with Aretha Franklin’s music by streaming her 1972 “Amazing Grace” album via Spotify.

“Amazing Grace” album 1972

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