Aretha Franklin Live at Fillmore West

Aretha Franklin Live at Fillmore West

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Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles (vocals, electric piano), King Curtis (tenor sax, soprano sax), Billy Preston (organ), Truman Thomas (electric piano), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Jerry Jemmot (bass), Bernard Purdie (drums), Pancho Morales (conga), a.o.

Atlantic 7205

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Respect
A2 - Love The One You're With
A3 - Bridge Over Troubled Water
A4 - Eleanor Rigby
A5 - Make It With You
A6 - Don't Play That Song
B1 - Dr. Feelgood
B2 - Spirit In The Dark
B3 - Spirit In The Dark (reprise with Ray Charles)
B4 - Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)

Recorded on March 5–7, 1971, live at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

Live recordings come up with extremely different results : most of them land in the rubbish bin, some of them are available as bootleg copies when a star’s career has ended and are passed on conspiratorially from one excited collector to another. Only a very few conserve real spirit and sheer enthusiasm, which no arranger or sound mixer can conjure up in the studio.
But even more sensational was Aretha Franklin’s guest appearance at the Fillmore West, the legendary concert hall in San Francisco, which closed down shortly afterwards. Everyone knew who was going to perform, and yet everything was quite different on these three nights in the spring of 1971 : her usual show band was left behind in Detroit and she appeared with King Curtis And The Kingpins (one of the most impressive bands around) accompanied by the trailblazers Cornel Dupree (guitar) and Bernard Purdie (drums). The Memphis Horns, a fantastic horn section, blast away in the background, their keen as a razor backings rising up to soaring heights. From Billy Preston’s fingertips on the organ flows an aura of spiritual energy and Ray Charles, who by chance (but how fortuitous!) was among the audience also got his appearance in the telling title "Spirit In The Dark". No words need be lost about the queen on the cover. For without the superb albums of the late Sixties, Aretha Franklin would never have become the USA’s first sister of soul nor would she have appeared in the Fillmore West.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com