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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism is a 1987 gospel album recorded by Aretha Franklin, for Arista Records. Recorded at New Bethel Baptist Churchin 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.

However, this release had modest sales, peaking at #106 on Billboard's album chart, and paled in comparison to Aretha's legendary classic Amazing Grace recording. It has sold approximately 300,000 copies. The original release was a double vinyl LP issued by ARISTA Records in December, 1987. An abridged single CD was also issued removing two tracks (the speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson that opens Side 3 of the vinyl edition, and the Prayer Invocation by Rev. Donald Parsons that appeared on Side 4 of the vinyl edition). In 2003, the double vinyl version was reissued as a 2CD set by ARISTA BMG Heritage - this version was remastered and expanded by adding 4 previously unissued bonus tracks to the end of the second disc. The edited structure of the original double vinyl edition is retained to preserve the original album experience.

ContentsEdit

 [hide*1 Overview

Overview[edit]Edit

Track listing[edit]Edit

Vocalists on tracks are identified by superscripts: (a) Aretha Franklin, (b) Mavis Staples, (c) Reverend Cecil Franklin, (d) Reverend Jesse Jackson, (e) Reverend Jaspar Williams, (f) Erma Franklin, (g) Carolyn Franklin, (h) Joe Ligon of The Mighty Clouds of Joy

Original Vinyl Double Album (1987)[edit]Edit

Side one[edit]Edit

  1. "Walk In The Light (Traditional) - 4:00 a
  2. "Prayer Invocation by Rev. Cecil Franklin - 5:44 c
  3. "Introduction of Aretha and the Franklin Sisters by Rev. Jesse Jackson - :37 a d f g
  4. "Jesus Hears Every Prayer (Clara Ward) - 5:16 a d f g
  5. "Surely God Is Able (Clara Ward) - 6:01 a d f g

Side two[edit]Edit

  1. "The Lord's Prayer (Traditional) - 5:05 a
  2. "Introduction of Aretha and Mavis Staples by Rev. Jesse Jackson - 3:22 a b d
  3. "Oh Happy Day (Edwin Hawkins) - 6:09 a b
  4. "We Need Power (Traditional) - 6:30 a b

Side three[edit]Edit

  1. "Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson [July 27th] - 9:57 d
  2. "Ave Maria (Traditional) - 6:48 a
  3. "Introduction To Higher Ground by Rev. Jaspar Williams - 4:10 e
  4. "Higher Ground (Traditional) - 1:07 a e

Side four[edit]Edit

  1. "Higher Ground (continued) - 2:04 a e
  2. "Prayer Invocation by Rev. Donald Parsons [July 28] - 7:29
  3. "I've Been In The Storm Too Long (Traditional) - 7:55 a h
  4. "Packing Up, Getting Ready To Go (Clara Ward) - 5:34 a b f g h

Remastered Expanded Double CD (2003)[edit]Edit

CD one[edit]Edit

  1. "Walk In The Light (Traditional) - 4:00 a
  2. "Prayer Invocation by Rev. Cecil Franklin - 5:49 c
  3. "Introduction of Aretha and the Franklin Sisters by Rev. Jesse Jackson - 0:48 a d f g
  4. "Jesus Hears Every Prayer (Clara Ward) - 7:20 a d f g
  5. "Surely God Is Able (Clara Ward) - 4:44 a d f g
  6. "The Lord's Prayer (Traditional) - 5:06 a
  7. "Introduction of Aretha and Mavis Staples by Rev. Jesse Jackson - 3:22 a b d
  8. "Oh Happy Day (Edwin Hawkins) - 6:10 a b
  9. "We Need Power (Traditional) - 6:32 a b
  10. "Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson [July 27th] - 9:58 d

CD two[edit]Edit

  1. "Ave Maria (Traditional) - 6:51 a
  2. "Introduction To Higher Ground by Rev. Jaspar Williams - 4:09 e
  3. "Higher Ground (Traditional) - 3:56 a e
  4. "Prayer Invocation by Rev. Donald Parsons [July 28] - 7:31
  5. "I've Been In The Storm Too Long (Traditional) - 8:10 a h
  6. "Packing Up, Getting Ready To Go (Clara Ward) - 5:35 a b f g h
  7. "Be Grateful (Walter Hawkins) [Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased] - 9:22 a
  8. "Beams Of Heaven (Some Day) (Charles A. Tindley) [Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased] - 7:21 a
  9. "Father, I Stretch My Hands To Thee (Charles Wesley, CM Hugh Wilson) [Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased] - 7:04 a b
  10. "Packing Up, Getting Ready To Go [Bonus Track - Previously Unreleased Alternate Version] (Clara Ward) - 5:17 a b f g h

Personnel[edit]Edit

  • John Hudson - Product Manager
  • Lanar Brantley - Bass
  • Margaret Branch - Background Vocals
  • Mark Wilder - Mastering
  • Maude Gilman - Design
  • Michael Iacopelli - Mixing
  • Michael Wright - Guitar
  • Nedra Olds-Neal - Reissue Producer
  • Nick Johnson - Piano
  • Ortheia Barnes - Background Vocals
  • Phil Gitomer - Engineer
  • Renee Thomas - Background Vocals
  • Sandra Feva - Background Vocals
  • Thomas Whitfield - Organ, Piano, Arranger, Vocal Arrangement

Chart history[edit]Edit

Name Chart (1987, 1989) Peak

position

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism U.S. Gospel Album Chart 1
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism U.S. R&B Albums Chart 25
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism U.S. Contemporary Christian Albums Chart 34

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