Aretha Franklin, backed by King Curtis & the Kingpins, tapes ‘Aretha Live at Fillmore West’ (1971)

Aretha Franklin‘s ‘Aretha Live at Fillmore West’ is her second live album recorded on March 5–7, 1971 and released on May 19, 1971 by Atlantic.

Track Listing : 1.Respect (Otis Redding) – 03:53 . 2.Love The One You’Re With (Stephen Stills) – 04:15 . 3.Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon) – 05:55 . 4.Eleanor Rigby (John Lennon, Paul Mccartney) – 02:33 . 5.Make It With You (David Gates) – 04:33 . 6.Don’T Play That Song (Ahmet Ertegun, Betty Nelson) – 03:16 . 7.Dr. Feelgood (Aretha Franklin, Teddy White) – 07:06 . 8.Spirit In The Dark (Aretha Franklin) – 05:33 . 9.Spirit In The Dark (Reprise) (Aretha Franklin) – 08:53 . 10.Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’S Hand) (Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson) – 02:35

Musicians : Aretha Franklin – Piano, Vocals . Ray Charles – Piano, Vocals On (9) . Billy Preston – Keyboards, Organ . Bernard Pretty Purdie – Drums . Cornell Dupree – Guitar . Jerry Jemmott – Bass . Truman Thomas – Keyboards, Piano (Electric) . Lou Collins – Sax (Tenor) . Jack Hale – Trombone . Roger Hopps – Trumpet . Wayne Jackson – Trumpet . King Curtis – Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) . Andrew Love – Sax (Tenor) . James Mitchell – Saxophone . Jimmy Mitchell – Sax (Baritone) . Pancho Morales – Congas, Percussion . Pat Smith – Vocals (Background) . The Sweethearts Of Soul – Vocals (Background) . Margaret Branch – Vocals (Background) . Brenda Bryant – Vocals (Background) . The Kingpins – Group . The Memphis Horns – Band

Production : Produced By Jerry Wexler . Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd . Ray Thompson – Engineer

Arrangements : Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd

Package : David Nathan – Liner Notes . Jim Marshall – Photography . Geoff Gans – Art Direction

Recorded On March 5–7, 1971 At Fillmore West Concert Hall (San Francisco, California).

Released May 19, 1971 By Atlantic.

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allmusic
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. […]

PopMatters
Originally recorded and released in 1971, Live at Fillmore West is the gold standard by which other live albums can be measured. The excitement generated by its spontaneity is visceral and it remains a stunning document that attests to the power of Franklin’s craft. […]

longplayer1966 @ RateYourMusic
All that very obvious covers of songs by Stephen Stills, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, and David Gates do is take up room that Aretha should have been performing more of HER great songs. […]

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