Aretha Franklin – Live At Fillmore West (1971/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:07 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
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Reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums.
Reached #7 on the Billboard 200.
“Don’t Play That Song” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Live At The Fillmore West is Aretha Franklin’s gold-certified masterpiece. The performance captured at the famous venue found Franklin interpreting popular hits and performing her trademark classics. Franklin opened this historic performance with a rendition of Otis Redding’s “Respect.” The album reached #7 on the Billboard 200 and includes the #1 hit R&B singles “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Don’t Play That Song.” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” won Franklin a GRAMMY® for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
The original LP was a double, and for good reason. Franklin used King Curtis’ band, the Kingpins, for these dates – after being persuaded by producer Jerry Wexler – in lieu of her regular road band. It was a solid call on Wexler’s part. The music here sparkles and crackles with the energy of a top-flight rhythm section – Cornell Dupree on guitar, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Jerry Jemmott on bass, with Billy Preston on organ, Curtis on saxophone, and the Memphis Horns. The backing vocals were provided by Franklin’s own crew, the Sweethearts of Soul (Brenda Bryant, Margaret Branch, and Pat Smith). Whew! Franklin also plays a Fender Rhodes on four cuts, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “Spirit in the Dark,” “Don’t Play That Song,” and “Dr. Feelgood.” In addition, there is a guest duet vocal by Ray Charles on “Spirit in the Dark.” Beginning with “Respect” (a house-burning tear-up read), Franklin then digs deep into her pop song bag of tricks for “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With,” and also redeems Bread’s saccharine “Make It with You” – all of them in the first set! The second set contains the originals “Spirit in the Dark,” including a long reprise with Charles, and “Dr. Feelgood.” The album-ending “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” written by Ashford & Simpson, is a scorched-earth soul ballad that unites the entire crowd. The bonus material is just as righteous, with unused cuts such as “Call Me,” “Mixed-Up Girl,” “Share Your Love with Me,” and “You’re All I Need to Get By.” The disc is filled out with alternate takes of nine album cuts that easily could have been included on the released version. In sum, it makes for the most dramatic and deeply satisfying of Aretha Franklin’s live recordings, and is a historical document that every soul fan should own.
01 – Respect
02 – Love The One You’re With
03 – Bridge Over Troubled Water
04 – Eleanor Rigby
05 – Make It With You
06 – Don’t Play That Song
07 – Dr. Feelgood
08 – Spirit In The Dark
09 – Spirit In The Dark (Reprise with Ray Charles)
10 – Reach Out And Touch
Recorded at Fillmore West, San Francisco, on March 5, 1971.