Forty-three years after its recording, director Sydney Pollack’s documentary on the making of Aretha Franklin’s groundbreaking Amazing Grace album is finally about to be seen by the public.
In January of 1972 Aretha recorded the songs for her Amazing Grace album at the New Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. Pollack was on hand to document the live recording of the album for a film that Warner Bros. would eventually decide to shelve.
Fast forward more than four decades and the footage from that film is about to be seen for the first time at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Amazing Grace would go on to become the biggest selling album of Aretha’s career, and the most successful live recorded gospel album ever. It also helped cement Aretha as the undisputed queen of soul and gospel music.
You can check out the Amazing Grace trailer for the film below. Look closely and you’ll even be able to spot Mick Jagger in the back- taking notes no doubt.