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Fillmore: The Last Days
     

Fillmore: The Last Days

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On Independence Day in 1971, the Fillmore West closed its doors, leaving a Bay Area landmark in its wake. During the closing week, proprietor Bill "Uncle Bobo" Graham selected a few of his favorite artists to help him send the venerable venue out in style. The festivities were documented on film and tape, the results of which were issued the following year as both a

Overview

On Independence Day in 1971, the Fillmore West closed its doors, leaving a Bay Area landmark in its wake. During the closing week, proprietor Bill "Uncle Bobo" Graham selected a few of his favorite artists to help him send the venerable venue out in style. The festivities were documented on film and tape, the results of which were issued the following year as both a full-length cinematic feature film and three-LP box set. The latter also featuring a bonus 7" record containing a few "Words with Bill Graham." Initial pressings also came packaged with an original "closing week" poster, a ticket from one of the hundreds of legendary shows held in the Fillmore between November 6, 1965, and July 4, 1971, as well as a commemorative liner notes booklet, which, among other things, included a complete list of every show held at the venue. Musically, the discs feature a who's who of rock music circa 1971, most -- if not all -- of whom began their collective journeys in the Bay Area music scene at the time. The Grateful Dead ("Casey Jones" and "Johnny B. Goode"), Quicksilver Messenger Service" ("Fresh Air" and "Mojo"), and Santana ("Incident at Neshabur" and "In a Silent Way") all make strong showings. As do some of the lesser-known artists, such as Malo ("Pana") and Lamb ("Hello Friends"). Last Days of the Fillmore includes some amazing performances from It's a Beautiful Day ("White Bird"), as well as the stunningly powerful "Baby's Calling Me Home" by Boz Scaggs -- no doubt an homage to his stint with the Steve Miller Band -- plus a definitive version of "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin'" from Hot Tuna -- who are the only representatives from the Jefferson Airplane, perhaps the one San Francisco band that is most conspicuously absent from the proceedings. The "Words with Bill Graham" interview allows Graham to personally express his thanks to the people who made the Fillmore such a success and to give some insight into the changing dynamics [read: money and drugs] that so radically altered his ability to adequately provide both artists and attendees with the same high-quality performances and venue for a reasonable price.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/1991
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074643139021
catalogNumber:
31390

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Track Performer
Elvin Bishop   Track Performer
Grateful Dead   Track Performer
Hot Tuna   Track Performer
It's a Beautiful Day   Track Performer
New Riders of the Purple Sage   Track Performer
Quicksilver Messenger Service   Track Performer
Boz Scaggs   Track Performer
Tower of Power   Track Performer
Malo   Track Performer
Santana   Track Performer
Cold Blood   Track Performer
Sons of Champlin   Track Performer
Stoneground   Track Performer
Billy Graham   Track Performer
John Walker   Track Performer
Elvin Bishop Group   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Taj Mahal   Contributor
Elvin Bishop   Contributor
Grateful Dead   Contributor
It's a Beautiful Day   Contributor
Quicksilver Messenger Service   Contributor
Boz Scaggs   Contributor
Tower of Power   Contributor
Malo   Contributor
Santana   Contributor
Cold Blood   Contributor
Lamb   Contributor
Sons of Champlin   Contributor
Stoneground   Contributor
Dino Valente   Composer
Alberto Gianquinto   Composer
Bruce Good   Producer
Bill Graham   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Lynne Hughes   Composer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Jeremy Zatkin   Engineer
Billy Graham   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Arcello Garcia   Composer
John Walker   Contributor
Abel Zarate   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer
Nigel Noble   Engineer
Jeffrey Cohen   Producer

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Fillmore: The Last Days 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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A must for anyone that has heard Elvin Hot Tuna Cold Blood The Dead to name a few !! Wow that was fun!!