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SERMON: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
Uploaded by pannellctp on Nov 4, 2011
Aretha Franklin’s Gospel Greats 1999 album are songs that were 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 ultra-enthusiastic, 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. Her voice is melismatic and intensely emotional, yet pure and controlled–as if she were directly channeling the Holy Ghost. Aretha’s father, the brilliant preacher Rev. C.L. Franklin, makes a brief, proud appearance, remarking how “she has never left the church!” Highlights include the beautiful “Wholy Holy,” an 11-minute, heart-stopping “Amazing Grace,” and Inez Andrews’s stirring song “Mary, Don’t You Weep.” Way more than a return-to-the-roots record, the set is an inspired gospel-soul workout that arguably showcases Aretha’s strongest singing ever. Parts extracted from review by Mike McGonigal.
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