Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin album)

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Amazing Grace
Live album by Aretha Franklin
Released June 1, 1972
Recorded January 13–14, 1972
Genre Gospel, Soul
Length 85:43
Label Atlantic (#2-906), Rhino
Producer Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin chronology
Young, Gifted and Black
Amazing Grace
Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)

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 2015, it stands as the biggest selling disc of Aretha's entire fifty-plus year recording career. It is the biggest-selling Gospel album of all time.

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.

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone favourable[3]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Mary Don't You Weep" (Inez Andrews)
  2. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" /"You've Got a Friend" (Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey, Frank Frazier) / (Carole King)
  3. "Old Landmark" (A. M. Brunner)
  4. "Give Yourself to Jesus" (Robert Fryson)
  5. "How I Got Over" (Clara Ward)
  6. "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (Joseph Scriven, Charles Converse)
  7. "Amazing Grace" (John Newton)

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Precious Memories" (Traditional)
  2. "Climbing Higher Mountains" (Traditional)
  3. Remarks by Reverend C.L. Franklin
  4. "God Will Take Care of You" (Traditional)
  5. "Wholy Holy" (Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson, Alfred Cleveland)
  6. "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
  7. "Never Grow Old" (Traditional)

Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings[edit]

Disc 1
  1. Organ Introduction (On Our Way)
  2. Opening Remarks
  3. On Our Way
  4. Aretha's Introduction
  5. Wholy Holy
  6. You'll Never Walk Alone
  7. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  8. Precious Memories
  9. How I Got Over
  10. Precious Lord (Take My Hand)
  11. You've Got a Friend
  12. Climbing Higher Mountains
  13. Amazing Grace
  14. My Sweet Lord (Instrumental)
  15. Give Yourself to Jesus
Disc 2
  1. Organ Introduction (On Our Way)/Opening Remarks
  2. On Our Way
  3. Aretha's Introduction
  4. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  5. Wholy Holy
  6. Climbing Higher Mountains
  7. God Will Take Care of You
  8. Old Landmark
  9. Mary Don't You Weep
  10. Never Grow Old
  11. Remarks by Rev. C.L. Franklin
  12. Precious Memories
  13. My Sweet Lord (Instrumental)


"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, 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."[4]



  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". 
  4. ^ Burlingame, Jon (January 7, 2010). "'Grace' film finally near". Variety.