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Soul - Released December 21, 1993 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released July 13, 1993 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released March 22, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Among Aretha aficionados, Amazing Grace has long been considered one of her high-water marks, since it captured her glorious return to her gospel roots in front of a live audience. The original 1972 album contained just 14 tracks, culled from two live performances with the Southern California Community Choir, Ken Lupper, and the Rev. James Cleveland at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Fans have long wished for the release of the two complete concerts -- which is exactly what Rhino's Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings gives them. Over the course of two discs and 29 tracks, every performance Franklin gave that January, along with comments from Cleveland and solo tracks from Lupper and the Choir, is unfurled, and if anything, the music is even more impressive when heard complete and unedited. Of course, the nature of this set makes it of interest primarily to dedicated fans, but they'll likely be delighted by the entire package. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Soul - Released October 6, 1992 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released December 9, 1994 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released December 21, 1993 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released June 20, 1995 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released June 20, 1995 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released July 13, 1993 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released May 1, 2012 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released March 14, 2002 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released May 1, 2012 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released December 13, 1994 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released November 15, 1987 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released June 13, 1966 | Legacy Recordings

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Soul - Released September 12, 2003 | Arista

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During the five years that separated So Damn Happy from her previous album, A Rose Is Still a Rose, Aretha Franklin made the celebrity-gossip pages many more times than she earned airplay on the radio. Neatly side-stepping her problems with the law (including the mysterious circumstances that surrounded the fire at her home), Aretha's return to the studio illustrates that her power lies not in managing her career but in putting across any song that comes her way. Recording mostly in Detroit with a small group, she tempered the hip-hop inclinations of A Rose Is Still a Rose to deliver a refreshing (though admittedly sterilized) update of her '70s records. Various producers and songwriters -- including Troy Taylor, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, and Jam & Lewis -- give her backgrounds composed of earthy, acoustic-driven soul, similar to contemporary records by India.Arie or Jill Scott. Most of the songs, led by "The Only Thing Missin'," the title track, and "Holdin' On," are up to a high level, catchy and easy to understand (all the better to simply luxuriate in Aretha's powerful voice). Also, two mild concessions to the hip-hop world end up paying off: guest Mary J. Blige arranged the backing vocals for two songs, both of which reach a level not seen since the days of the Sweet Inspirations, while producer Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence delivered an organic arrangement for a song called "Wonderful" that evokes the glory days of '70s soul more than any other song here. Aretha shouldn't need to resort to overkill to proclaim her joy at making music; the songs on So Damn Happy are all the proof her fans need to understand that her talent remains undiminished nearly 50 years after her debut as a secular act. © John Bush /TiVo

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