Amazing Grace Aretha Franklins biggest-selling album and the best-selling live gospel album of all time is enjoying a revival nearly 50 years after it was recorded. It follows the debut late last year of the long-awaited documentary about the making of that legendary double live album, which opened to rave reviews.
Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings is released on vinyl for the first time ever. Available on March 22, just three days before Franklins birthday, the set includes four, 180-gram LPs that contain both of Arethas transcendent performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which were recorded in Los Angeles on January 13 and 14, 1972.
Among the many signature moments that make up Franklins remarkable career, these performances clearly stand out as some of her finest work. They were recorded over two nights as the singer performed church standards like Precious Memories, What A Friend We Have In Jesus and How I Got Over, the latter written by gospel legend Clara Ward, who was listening in the audience.
Released on June 1, 1972, Amazing Grace would go on to sell more than two million copies in the in U.S. alone. It was not only the best-selling album of Franklins career, but it still also holds the record as the best-selling live gospel album of all time. In addition, the album also earned Franklin a Grammy award, her first for Best Soul Gospel Performance.