In Psalms it says “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Aretha makes an electrifying, soulful declaration of her divine gift and talent. Lovely to see her in her traditional milieu. The daughter of a Baptist minister--who makes an appearance on day two of her performance—recalls speaking to his dry cleaner after that person saw Aretha perform on television and the dry cleaner comments she was okay, but they missed her gospel music. Reverend Franklin replies, “She never left the church.” This DVD; filmed in 1972 at a Baptist church in Watts has the Reverend James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir as back up for Aretha. Even if you are not religious, you will experience the joy of those united in faith and expressed so beautifully by Aretha.

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