Live at Fillmore West

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King Curtis Live at Fillmore West
Live album by King Curtis
Released August 1971
Recorded March 5–7, 1971
Label Atlantic, Rhino
Producer King Curtis
Arif Mardin
Jerry Wexler
King Curtis chronology
Get Ready
(1970)
Live at Fillmore West
(1971)
Everybody's Talking
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Live at Fillmore West is an album by King Curtis, released in 1971. The album showcases the concert he played with his band The Kingpins at the Fillmore West venue in San Francisco in March 1971 who were supporting and backing soul singer Aretha Franklin. A week after its release in August 1971, Curtis was stabbed to death outside his brownstone apartment in New York.[2]

It was reissued on compact disc in the 1990s through Rhino Records and was released in an expanded edition in 2006. In addition it was released as an expanded edition four-CD box set entitled, Don't Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West by Rhino Handmade in 2005, featuring the complete concert by King Curtis and Aretha Franklin. This edition was limited to 5000 numbered copies.[3]

History[edit]

Recorded at the Fillmore West concert hall, the storied rock venue in San Francisco, over three nights, March 5, 6 and 7 1971.[4] King Curtis and his band the Kingpins were supporting Aretha Franklin as well as being her backing band.[5] The album opens with his own composition "Memphis Soul Stew" but the bulk of the album is taken with cover versions of recent rock and soul recordings including Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". His version of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" found renewed fame when used in the opening title sequence of cult British comedy film Withnail and I. The film is set in 1969, two years before its performance.[6]

Professionally Curtis was having a prolific and successful summer that year. Aretha Franklin's Live at Fillmore West album was a huge hit, he had contributed to two tracks on John Lennon's album, Imagine, recorded the theme to the television show Soul Train and had made a highly acclaimed performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was in this climate that his album Live at Fillmore West was released in August 1971. A week after its release, Curtis was stabbed to death outside his brownstone apartment in New York following an argument with two junkies.[2] The day after he died the album peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard 200 album chart, his greatest success as a solo artist.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Live At Fillmore West original issue[edit]

Released August 1971

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Memphis Soul Stew"   Curtis Ousley 7:41
2. "A Whiter Shade of Pale"   Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher 5:26
3. "Whole Lotta Love"   Willie Dixon, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham 2:16
4. "I Stand Accused"   Jerry Butler 6:05
5. "Them Changes"   Buddy Miles 7:01
6. "Ode to Billie Joe"   Bobbie Gentry 3:22
7. "Mr. Bojangles"   Jerry Jeff Walker 4:30
8. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"   Lee Garrett, Lula Mae Hardaway, Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright 2:37
9. "Soul Serenade"   Luther Dixon, King Curtis 5:32
Total length:
44:30

Live at Fillmore West expanded edition[edit]

Released July 11, 2006, featuring 5 additional tracks.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Memphis Soul Stew"   Curtis Ousley 7:41
2. "A Whiter Shade of Pale"   Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher 5:26
3. "Whole Lotta Love"   Led Zeppelin 2:16
4. "I Stand Accused"   Jerry Butler 6:05
5. "Them Changes"   Miles 7:01
6. "Ode to Billie Joe"   Bobbie Gentry 3:22
7. "Mr. Bojangles"   Jerry Jeff Walker 4:30
8. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"   Lee Garrett, Lula Mae Hardaway, Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright 2:37
9. "Soul Serenade"   Luther Dixon, King Curtis 5:32
10. "My Sweet Lord"   George Harrison 2:33
11. "Them Changes" (alternate take) Miles 5:33
12. "Ode to Billie Joe" (alternate take) Bobbie Gentry 4:35
13. "Soul Serenade" (alternate take) Luther Dixon, King Curtis 4:51
14. "Memphis Soul Stew" (alternate take) Curtis Ousley 5:05
Total length:
67:07

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

4 CD Box-set Released May 3, 2005 by Rhino Handmade in a limited edition of 5000.

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Intro"        
2. "Knock on Wood"   Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper 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"   Otis Redding Aretha Franklin  
13. "Call Me"   Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin  
14. "Mixed-up Girl"   Jimmy Webb Aretha Franklin  
15. "Love the One You're With"   Stephen Stills Aretha Franklin  
16. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"   Paul Simon Aretha Franklin  
17. "Eleanor Rigby"   Lennon–McCartney Aretha Franklin  
18. "Make It with You"   David Gates Aretha Franklin  
19. "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)"   Ahmet Ertegun, Betty Nelson Aretha Franklin  
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
20. "Share Your Love with Me"   Alfred Braggs, Deadric Malone Aretha Franklin  
21. "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)"   Aretha Franklin, Ted White Aretha Franklin  
22. "Spirit in the Dark"   Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin  
23. "Spirit in the Dark (reprise)"     Aretha Franklin  
24. "Knock on Wood"     The Memphis Horns  
25. "Them Changes"     King Curtis  
26. "Whole Lotta Love"     King Curtis  
27. "A Whiter Shade of Pale"     King Curtis  
28. "I Stand Accused"     King Curtis  
29. "Soul Serenade"     King Curtis  
30. "Memphis Soul Stew"     King Curtis  
31. "Respect"     Aretha Franklin  
32. "Call Me"     Aretha Franklin  
33. "Love The One You're With"     Aretha Franklin  
34. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"     Aretha Franklin  
Disc three
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
35. "Share Your Love With Me"     Aretha Franklin  
36. "Eleanor Rigby"     Aretha Franklin  
37. "Make It with You"     Aretha Franklin  
38. "You're All I Need To Get By"   Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson Aretha Franklin  
39. "Don't Play That Song"     Aretha Franklin  
40. "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)"     Aretha Franklin  
41. "Spirit in the Dark"     Aretha Franklin  
42. "Spirit in the Dark (reprise)"     Aretha Franklin  
43. "Knock on Wood"     The Memphis Horns  
44. "Them Changes"     King Curtis  
45. "A Whiter Shade of Pale"     King Curtis  
46. "Ode to Billie Joe"     King Curtis  
47. "Soul Serenade"     King Curtis  
48. "Memphis Soul Stew"     King Curtis  
Disc four
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
49. "Respect"     Aretha Franklin  
50. "Call Me"     Aretha Franklin  
51. "Love The One You're With"     Aretha Franklin  
52. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"     Aretha Franklin  
53. "Share Your Love With Me"     Aretha Franklin  
54. "Eleanor Rigby"     Aretha Franklin  
55. "Make It with You"     Aretha Franklin  
56. "Don't Play That Song"     Aretha Franklin  
57. "You're All I Need To get By"     Aretha Franklin  
58. "Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)"     Aretha Franklin  
59. "Spirit in the Dark"     Aretha Franklin  
60. "Spirit in the Dark (reprise)"     Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles  
61. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"   Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson Aretha Franklin  

Chart Performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak position
Billboard 200 54
Billboard Jazz Albums 3
Billboard Soul albums 9

Single[edit]

Title Chart Peak position
Whole Lotta Love Billboard Hot 100 64
Billboard Best Selling Soul singles 43

Personnel[edit]

The Memphis Horns:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Live at Fillmore West by King Curtis". Swampland.com. 27 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Don't Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West". Rhinomedia.com. 27 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "ARETHA LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST". theblacklistedjournalist. 25 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "King Curtis, Aretha Franklin". bassplayer.com. 25 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Top 25 Movie Music Moments". clashmusic.com. 27 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "King Curtis Biography". Soultracks.com. 27 March 2011.