Aretha Live at Fillmore West

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Aretha Live at Fillmore West
Live album by Aretha Franklin
Released May 19, 1971
Recorded March 5–7, 1971 at Fillmore West Concert Hall
(San Francisco, California)
Label Atlantic (#7205),
Rhino (2005 Re-release)
Producer Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin chronology
Sweet Bitter Love
(1970)
Aretha Live at Fillmore West
(1971)
Aretha's Greatest Hits
(1971)

Aretha Live at Fillmore West is the second live album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on May 19, 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was reissued on compact disc in the 1990s through Rhino Records. An expanded, limited edition 4-CD box set entitled, Don't Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West was released by Rhino in 2005. This was limited to 5000 numbered copies. In addition, there is a guest duet vocal by Ray Charles on "Spirit in the Dark".[1]

Franklin played a Fender Rhodes piano on four cuts, including "Eleanor Rigby", "Spirit in the Dark", "Don't Play That Song" and "Dr. Feelgood". Backing Franklin was King Curtis' band, the Kingpins, featuring Cornell Dupree on guitar, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Jerry Jemmott on bass, Billy Preston on organ, Curtis on saxophone, together with the Memphis Horns.[1]

Background[edit]

The recording was made at the Fillmore West concert hall, the storied rock venue in San Francisco, over three nights, March 5, 6 and 7 in 1971. The album opens with Aretha's best-known song, her version of Otis Redding's "Respect". The album features Aretha's take on many "hippie" anthems as Aretha and Atlantic Records executive/album producer Jerry Wexler wanted to reach out to the expected hippie audience in San Francisco. Covers include the Bread song "Make it With You", the Stephen Stills song, "Love the One You're With", Diana Ross' "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)", the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water".

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Track listing[edit]

Original Release[edit]

  1. "Respect" - 3:53
  2. "Love the One You're With" - 4:15
  3. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - 5:55
  4. "Eleanor Rigby" - 2:33
  5. "Make It with You" - 4:33
  6. "Don't Play that Song" - 3:16
  7. "Dr. Feelgood" - 7:06
  8. "Spirit in the Dark" - 5:33
  9. "Spirit in the Dark (reprise with Ray Charles)" - 8:53
  10. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" - 2:35

2006 Deluxe Edition[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Respect" - 4:08 (1971-03-07th)
  2. "Love the One You're With" - 4:15 (1971-03-06th)
  3. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - 7:25 (1971-03-07th)
  4. "Eleanor Rigby" - 2:40 (1971-03-07th)
  5. "Make It with You" - 4:53 (1971-03-07th)
  6. "Don't Play That Song" - 3:43 (1971-03-07th)
  7. "Dr. Feelgood" - 8:57 (1971-03-06th)
  8. "Spirit in the Dark" - 7:25 (1971-03-07th)
  9. "Spirit in the Dark" (reprise with Ray Charles) - 19:24 (1971-03-07th)
  10. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" - 5:04 (1971-03-07th)
Disc 2 (Alternates and Unused Songs)
  1. "Respect" - 3:56 (1971-03-06th)
  2. "Call Me" - 5:38 (1971-03-07th)
  3. "Mixed Up Girl" - 2:58 (1971-03-05th)
  4. "Love the One You're With" - 4:18 (1971-03-05th)
  5. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - 7:41 (1971-03-06th)
  6. "Share Your Love With Me" - 4:29 (1971-03-06th)
  7. "Eleanor Rigby" - 2:37 (1971-03-05th)
  8. "Make It with You" - 4:49 (1971-03-06th)
  9. "You're All I Need to Get By" - 5:02 (1971-03-06th)
  10. "Don't Play That Song" - 3:16 (1971-03-05th)
  11. "Dr. Feelgood" - 6:44 (1971-03-05th)
  12. "Spirit in the Dark" - 6:42 (1971-03-05th)
  13. "Spirit in the Dark" (reprise) - 2:40 (1971-03-05th)

Don't Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live at Fillmore West[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Intro"
  2. "Knock on Wood" - The Memphis Horns
  3. "Whole Lotta Love" - King Curtis
  4. "Them Changes" - King Curtis
  5. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" - King Curtis
  6. "My Sweet Lord" - Billy Preston
  7. "Ode to Billie Joe" - King Curtis
  8. "Mr. Bojangles" - King Curtis
  9. "Soul Serenade" - King Curtis
  10. "Memphis Soul Stew" - King Curtis
  11. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - King Curtis
  12. "Respect" - Aretha Franklin
  13. "Call Me" - Aretha Franklin
  14. "Mixed-Up Girl" - Aretha Franklin
  15. "Love the One You're With" - Aretha Franklin
  16. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Aretha Franklin
  17. "Eleanor Rigby" - Aretha Franklin
  18. "Make It with You" - Aretha Franklin
  19. "Don’t Play that Song" - Aretha Franklin
Disc 2
  1. "You're All I Need to Get By" - Aretha Franklin
  2. "Dr. Feelgood" - Aretha Franklin
  3. "Spirit in the Dark" - Aretha Franklin
  4. "Spirit in the Dark" (reprise) - Aretha Franklin
  5. "Knock on Wood" - The Memphis Horns
  6. "Them Changes" - King Curtis
  7. "Whole Lotta Love" - King Curtis
  8. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" - King Curtis
  9. "I Stand Accused" - King Curtis
  10. "Soul Serenade" - King Curtis
  11. "Memphis Soul Stew" - King Curtis
  12. "Respect" - Aretha Franklin
  13. "Call Me" - Aretha Franklin
  14. "Love the One You’re with" - Aretha Franklin
  15. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Aretha Franklin
Disc 3
  1. "Share Your Love with Me" - Aretha Franklin
  2. "Eleanor Rigby" - Aretha Franklin
  3. "Make It With You" - Aretha Franklin
  4. "You're All I Need to Get By" - Aretha Franklin
  5. "Don't Play That Song" - Aretha Franklin
  6. "Dr. Feelgood" - Aretha Franklin
  7. "Spirit in the Dark" - Aretha Franklin
  8. "Spirit in the Dark" (reprise) - Aretha Franklin
  9. "Knock On Wood" - The Memphis Horns
  10. "Them Changes" - King Curtis
  11. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" - King Curtis
  12. "Ode To Billie Joe" - King Curtis
  13. "Soul Serenade" - King Curtis
  14. "Memphis Soul Stew" - King Curtis
Disc 4
  1. "Respect" - Aretha Franklin
  2. "Call Me" - Aretha Franklin
  3. "Love the One You're With" - Aretha Franklin
  4. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Aretha Franklin
  5. "Share Your Love with Me" - Aretha Franklin
  6. "Eleanor Rigby" - Aretha Franklin
  7. "Make It With You" - Aretha Franklin
  8. "Don't Play That Song" - Aretha Franklin
  9. "You're All I Need to Get By" - Aretha Franklin
  10. "Dr. Feelgood" - Aretha Franklin
  11. "Spirit in the Dark" - Aretha Franklin
  12. "Spirit in the Dark" (reprise) - Aretha Franklin with Ray Charles
  13. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)" - Aretha Franklin

Rhino Handmade remastered 2005 liner notes:[2]
Disc 1 tracks 01 to 19, and Disc 2 tracks 01 to 04 were recorded on March 5, 1971.
Disc 2 tracks 05 to 15, and Disc 3 tracks 01 to 08 were recorded on March 6, 1971.
Disc 3 tracks 09 to 14, and Disc 4 tracks 01 to 13 were recorded on March 7, 1971.

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