Live at Fillmore West

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Rhino Handmade issued the Aretha Franklin/King Curtis Live at Fillmore West box collection in 2005 as a limited edition via their Internet-only site. This double disc collects the original Franklin album, presents it in gloriously remastered sound, and adds a bonus disc of alternate takes and unused songs from the four-night stand. 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Rhino Handmade issued the Aretha Franklin/King Curtis Live at Fillmore West box collection in 2005 as a limited edition via their Internet-only site. This double disc collects the original Franklin album, presents it in gloriously remastered sound, and adds a bonus disc of alternate takes and unused songs from the four-night stand. 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 -- especially as a new and much improved package with great liner notes by David Nathan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2003
  • Label: 4 Men With Beards
  • UPC: 646315111514
  • Catalog Number: 115
  • Sales rank: 40,508

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Ray Charles Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Billy Preston Organ, Keyboards
King Curtis Leader, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
The Memphis Horns Group
Margaret Branch Vocals, Background Vocals
Brenda Bryant Vocals, Background Vocals
Lou Collins Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Jack Hale Trombone
Roger Hopps Trumpet
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Andrew Love Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Arif Mardin Synthesizer, Strings
James Mitchell Saxophone
Jimmy Mitchell Baritone Saxophone
Pancho Morales Percussion, Conga
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Truman Thomas Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jerry Jemmott Bass
The Sweethearts of Soul Background Vocals
Kingpins Group
Betty Nelson Track Performer
Pat Smith Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
King Curtis Orchestra Leader
Tom Dowd Horn Arrangements
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Arif Mardin Producer, Horn Arrangements
Ray Thompson Engineer
Jerry Wexler Producer
David Nathan Liner Notes
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Ted White Composer
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    TRULY THE QUEEN OF SOUL..

    If you never heard Aretha Franklin sing or wonder why she is the QUEENS OF SOUL, listen carefully to this live recording. Unlike listening to an artist in the studio, live, there is truth. I mean, no techno dub-overs and no faking the voice. this is Aretha raw. The power and articulation of her delivery, the patience she takes with each verse sets her apart from any vocalist of her day. The energy you can feel will bring "goose-bumps". I highly recommend this recording to anyone who ever questions " what is soul".

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