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Live at Fillmore West [Deluxe]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the issue of the four-disc complete Aretha Franklin/King Curtis Live at Fillmore West concerts on the limited-edition Internet-only Rhino Handmade, the label has seen fit to release the original albums by Curtis and Franklin separately, with bonus cuts on each set for the masses. The original Live at Fillmore West was a double LP, so this double set is rounded out and expanded with cuts not used on the original. First, the band: the Memphis Horns, Billy Preston, Cornell Dupree, and Bernard Purdie are in the ranks for this set, already making it a must-hear. Given that this recording was a classic in its own right, this treatment by Rhino is not only proper and fitting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the issue of the four-disc complete Aretha Franklin/King Curtis Live at Fillmore West concerts on the limited-edition Internet-only Rhino Handmade, the label has seen fit to release the original albums by Curtis and Franklin separately, with bonus cuts on each set for the masses. The original Live at Fillmore West was a double LP, so this double set is rounded out and expanded with cuts not used on the original. First, the band: the Memphis Horns, Billy Preston, Cornell Dupree, and Bernard Purdie are in the ranks for this set, already making it a must-hear. Given that this recording was a classic in its own right, this treatment by Rhino is not only proper and fitting but delightful. Disc one features a completely remastered version of the original disc. Listeners familiar will be delighted with the sound and immediacy of the performance on this CD. The somewhat throwaway "Memphis Soul Stew" was designed to tease -- at least for the first six minutes. From then on, this is a burning, gritty, freewheeling performance of the highest order. The band was clearly excited and it shows. Whether they are ripping through "Whole Lotta Love," "Them Changes," and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," simmering up to the boiling point on "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Mr. Bojangles," or getting downright spooky on "Ode to Billie Joe," the effect is the same: deep, funky soul that turns these tunes inside out and reflects an emotional core not revealed in the originals. And if you thought Curtis was a lightweight, this is an opportunity to change your mind. He was a formidable saxophonist with a sweet, high tone who could dig the very guts out of the horn when he wanted to. The bonus tracks feature alternates of four cuts from disc one along with "My Sweet Lord," which was left off the original album. Highly recommended.
Los Angeles Daily News - Glenn Whipp
[One] of the greatest documents in the history of soul music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227763220
  • Catalog Number: 77632
  • Sales rank: 24,977

Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Curtis Primary Artist, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Preston Organ
The Memphis Horns Horn, Track Performer
Lou Collins Tenor Saxophone
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Jack Hale Trombone
Roger Hopps Trumpet
Wayne Jackson Trumpet, Lead
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Mitchell Baritone Saxophone
Pancho Morales Conga
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Truman Thomas Electric Piano
Jerry Jemmott Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Jerry Butler Composer
George Harrison Composer
Buddy Miles Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
King Curtis Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Gary Brooker Composer
Lee Garrett Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
John Bonham Composer
Jimmy Douglass Remixing
Bobbie Gentry Composer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Tape Research
Jerry Jeff Walker Composer
Arif Mardin Producer, Audio Production
Gene Paul Remixing
Cheryl Pawelski Reissue Producer
Keith Reid Composer
Ray Thompson Engineer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Syreeta Wright Composer
David Nathan Liner Notes
Luther Dixon Composer
Curtis Ousley Composer
Dirk Slik Annotation
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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