Amazing Grace is the third live album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on June 1, 1972 by Atlantic Records, It ultimately sold over two million copies in the United States alone, earning a Double Platinum certification. As of 2013, it stands as the biggest selling disc of Aretha's entire fifty-plus year recording career. The double album was recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during January 1972. It won the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance. The LP is the biggest selling live gospel album of all time. A film documenting the making of the album was set to be released in 1972, but was shelved by Warner Bros.Amazing Grace was remastered and re-released in 1999 as two-Compact Disc set with many unreleased takes.
"Amazing Grace", the documentary/concert film directed by Sydney Pollack for Warner Bros., was set to be released as part of a double bill with Super Fly in 1972. However the film ended up in the studio vaults for over 38 years. While producer Alan Elliott is overseeing the project after Pollack's death in 2008, the credit on the film will read "a film by Sydney Pollack." Elliott has worked since 2008 to piece together the backstory of "Amazing Grace." As of September 2010[update], no date has been set for the release. Elliott says, "Maybe because it's history now. Here is one of the most famous artists in the world, as she was then, doing something that nobody had ever done, or has really done since. So I think the film is going to find a wider audience, not just because of its gospel roots, but because of its historical value."