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Aretha Live at Fillmore West [Import]

Aretha FranklinAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00J49JDEW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God's Jukebox August 14, 2004
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This great album from 1971 reminds me of Elvis Presley's "On Stage February, 1970." What these disks have in common is rather than focusing on their own hits, Aretha and Elvis perform songs that were popular at the time, and almost regardless of the quality of the original, turn them into classics, purely by application of their unique artistry.

From Aretha's catalogue, this album features a zippy version of "Respect" that shows off the band; a sensual version of "Dr. Feelgood"; her hit at that time, "Don't Play That Song"; and an extended version (featuring Ray Charles!) of "Spirit in the Dark" that is soul royalty personified. The rest of the disk comprises versions of the treacly Bread song "Make it With You," the silly Stephen Stills song, "Love the One You're With," the Diana Ross diva exercise "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand," and the classic Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel songs, "Eleanor Rigby" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

These covers are all genius. The lesser songs like "Make it With You," are lavished with the best that Lady Soul has to offer. She treats these dumb tunes as if they were revelations of the inner workings of the human soul--and in Aretha's hands they are. Meanwhile, she completely reconcieves the great McCartney and Simon tunes, making the original versions sound like underachievers by comparison--which is really saying something since these are two of the classic productions of the 60s.

The difference is the singing. God gave Aretha a voice that is possessed with all the power, pain and pleasure of the entire human experience. A simple, banal statement like "I want to make it with you," in her voice becomes the embodiment of a basic human urge to love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her Best Live Album November 3, 2001
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When Aretha Franklin recorded 1971's LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST, she was backed by a group of veteran session musicians on a mix that included interpretations of popular songs and some of her trademark numbers. Franklin makes Stephen Stills' "Love The One You're With" her own with the help of Billy Preston's joyous organ work, while Bread's saccharine "Make It With You" is injected with a healthy shot of sexy sassiness.
Franklin's underrated piano playing and a healthy display of her gospel roots make FILLMORE a special recording in Lady Soul's vast canon. Franklin's skill on the eighty-eights particularly shines on her swinging treatment of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and the jubilant "Don't Play That Song." Franklin also plays electric piano on "Dr. Feelgood," and from this point on she turns Bill Graham's hall into a Baptist church. The call-and-response of her background singers and King Curtis' skillful band-leading/saxophone playing lead up to the high point where she brings Ray Charles out for the reprise of the testimonial "Spirit In The Dark" followed by the uplifting "Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aretha at her Peak July 11, 2006
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Bill Graham was a master at creating an atmosphere at the Fillmore West that brought out the best in both an artist and an audience. Case in point: Aretha Franklin's 1971 concerts in which she showed the world again what an incredible singer she was (and still is in 2006). "Live at the Fillmore West" is just a crackling great show from start to finish. The Top-40 hits may have slowed down for Aretha in 1971, but her live performances were at their peak. This reissue adds a second disc of full performances and they are all keepers. Across 35 years you can still hear how she holds the audience in her hands and brings them on an emotional journey that owes much to her gospel roots. "Love the One You're With," "Dr. Feelgood," and even Bread's "Make it With You," get the full Franklin treatment. Her voice was never better. Things rise to a spectacular climax with the addition of Ray Charles on "Spirit in the Dark." Oh to have been there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the way LIVE April 3, 2000
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What a live album ought to be. Great performances by the Queen and her courtiers (and what a group she assembled: Ray Charles, Billy Preston and the late great King Curtis (in his last recording).
One of the few live albums to capture the spirit of the performance. When she and Ray Charles cut loose on an extended "Spirit in the Dark", she burns down the Filmore West!
A must have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hey Nineteen!!!! You Paying Attention?? July 28, 2006
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"Hey Nineteen, that's `Retha Franklin.
She don't remember the "Queen of Soul".
Steely Dan wrote those words over twenty-five years ago, less than a decade after "Live at Fillmore West" first appeared. If these words held true then, then they must be even more so now (chances are good that today's 19-year olds don't remember Steely Dan either...). Re-released with unedited tracks and an extra disk, it now provides a golden opportunity for subsequent generations to get a taste of what soul music sounded like back when they were `keeping it real'.
During a raucous run-through of "Respect," Aretha introduces herself to the audience, stating, "I promise... you will have enjoyed this show as much as any that you've ever had an occasion to see." Three songs later, as I sat listening to her rather bizarre reading of "Eleanor Rigby," I had my doubts about that statement. By disk's end, though, I had to admit that she held true to her promise. "Live at Fillmore West" emphasizes the gospel influences of Aretha's music, with rave-ups and free form rhythmic workouts that hold you in their spell until the last song fades away. Even when the material slackens, the musicianship bolsters the pace of the show; Talk about your dream bands, the musicians supporting Aretha are all top-notch. King Curtis is bandleader, with Cornell Dupree on guitar, Bernard Purdie on drums, Billy Preston on organ, and the Memphis horns fleshing out the arrangements.
The contents of this 2-cd set were recorded March5-7, 1971, at a time when Aretha experienced an artistic resurgence that crossed cultural barriers. Most of her hit material from this era was derived from imaginative and often drastic re-workings of contemporary hits, and this mindset is exactly what provides the lion's share of material for this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "Live" albums EVER!
I bought this album upon its release in the early seventies and, although I still have it in great condition (I still have my turntable), I wanted to have a cd backup. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fred Sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Memories
My mom attended this concert and talks about "Spirit in the Dark" when Aretha brought Ray Charles up to sing with her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars OUEEN OF SOUL AT HER BEST!
If you like any Miss Aretha Franklin's songs get this one. It has great sound and it came to me within days of ordering it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Storms
5.0 out of 5 stars Aretha Live at the Fillmore West
Aretha Live at The Fillmore West:
This is a Timeless piece of music from Aretha and even a Ray Charles treat!!!
Published 8 months ago by Be Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It's like a bomb inside of your soul.
Even if you dont know how to dance, Aretha's voice gonna help you
Really Amazing.
Published 13 months ago by Perla Martinez
4.0 out of 5 stars Historic, but too much repetition
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Live at filmore west (2 CD version)

The concerts at the filmore west (in 1971) were meant to test Aretha's ability to `cross over' to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Bynum
4.0 out of 5 stars Live at the Filmore West
'Live at Filmore West' is an amazing double album showcasing Aretha's awesome live talent. The first disc is the original album in remastered format and the second disc has... Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars aretha at her best
Except for her live Amazing Grace gospel release, you will not find more exciting Aretha in person than this. The greatest musicians back her and she gets down with every song. Read more
Published on December 27, 2010 by Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh What A Night (Or Three)
Amazing!

Aretha Franklin being Soul Sista #1! She was not vocally perfect but soulfully sublime! Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Sibun7
5.0 out of 5 stars The queen!!!!
This the first Aretha Franklin album I have bought. I chose a live recording so I could hear the hits and maybe a few I've never heard. This album is amazing. Read more
Published on July 20, 2010 by Garm Transit
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