Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace - Part 2

Album #169 - June 1972

Episode date - May 26, 2021

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    Reviewing Aretha Franklin’s oeuvre, this particular album stands out as a crossroads of sorts. For instance, most people may be surprised to learn that this was the best-selling album of her entire career.

    They may also be surprised that it signaled the start of a significant downturn in her success. Virtually everything she touched since signing with Atlantic Records became pure gold, but after “Amazing Grace,” something changed. Her relevance did not change, but the public perception of her relevance certainly did.

    The late ‘70s provided a dearth of interest in the classic soul singers of the ‘60s, and Franklin suffered as much, maybe more, than most, until (of all things) the Blues Brothers movie reinvigorated some degree of interest. Listening to this album, it would have been impossible to predict that such a slide was just over the horizon.

    Featured tracks include:

    Precious Memories

    Climbing Higher Mountains

    Remarks by Rev. C.L. Franklin

    God Will Take Care of You

    Wholly Holy

    You’ll Never Walk Alone

    Never Grow Old

    JUNE 1972 - Billboard Charted #7

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