Thursday, November 20, 2014

Live Audio: "Ave Maria" (Aretha Franklin)

Back in 1987, Aretha Franklin released One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, a live gospel album on Arista Records. Recorded at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, over the course of three nights (July 27, 28, and 30, 1987), One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism became an album that combined the gospel talents of Aretha, her late sisters Erma and Carolyn, and fellow gospel singer Mavis Staples.

While it peaking at #106 on Billboard's album chart and has sold approximately 300,000 copies, it pales in comparison to Aretha's legendary classic Amazing Grace recording in respect to both critical and commercial acclaim. Though Franklin's 1972 double-platinum Amazing Grace is regarded by many of one of, if not the best live album of all time, Franklin's One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism showcases off Franklin's legendary pipes in a way that deserves to be recognized.

With that said, below you can hear her sublime rendition of "Ave Maria," which is lifted from the project and hopefully you will (re)discover Franklin's slept-on live LP One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, as it truly is a great body of work!

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