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Via Gospel Flava: Aretha Franklin‘s 1972 album Amazing Grace is heading towards a major theatrical release. While the album is a classic and a best-seller, the two-night recording session at L.A.’s New Temple Missionary Baptist Church was also captured on film, with the late and renowned director Sidney Pollack at the helm. Producer Alan Elliott is now overseeing the project, working with film editor William Steinkamp, and has been pouring over the over-20 hours of footage that till now, have been tucked away in vaults. Included in the footage are not only Aretha Franklin, but Rev. James Cleveland on piano and Rev. Alexander Hamilton directing the Southern California Community Choir. Plans are to release the gem, to be titled Grace, in the not too distant future.

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