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King Curtis and Aretha Franklin - Live at Fillmore

Aretha Franklin & King Curtis
Live at Fillmore West

Aretha Franklin

 

Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography

King Curtis & Aretha Franklin 
Live at Fillmore West

Press Release
RHINO REVISITS HOT NIGHT OF SAX AND SOUL
Legendary Live Fillmore West Albums Recorded in 1971 by Aretha Franklin and King Curtis Remastered and Expanded for Deluxe Reissues 

Both Are Available July 11 from Rhino Records

Looking for a way to introduce Aretha Franklin to a mainstream audience, Jerry Wexler -- who signed the Queen of Soul to Atlantic Records and produced her classic albums -- booked the singer for three nights at San Francisco's Fillmore West in March 1971. At Wexler's suggestion, Franklin tapped premier saxman King Curtis and the Kingpins as both her opening act and backing band for the performances. Rhino Records revisits the sweet soul magic of those landmark live shows with remastered and expanded versions of ARETHA LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST and Curtis' LIVE AT THE FILLMORE WEST. 

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King Curtis Live at Fillmore West  
King Curtis - Live At Fillmore West
Release Date: 7/11/2006 
Rhino/Atlantic 

Press Release
Looking for a way to introduce Aretha Franklin to a mainstream audience, Jerry Wexler -- who signed the Queen of Soul to Atlantic Records and produced her classic albums -- booked the singer for three nights at San Francisco's Fillmore West in March 1971. At Wexler's suggestion, Franklin tapped premier saxman King Curtis and the Kingpins as both her opening act and backing band for the performances. Rhino Records revisits the sweet soul magic of those landmark live shows with remastered and expanded versions of ARETHA LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST and Curtis' LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST.

Highlights of King Curtis' performances recorded during those three momentous nights are collected on LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST, a single-disc collection featuring the original nine-song release remastered and expanded with five bonus tracks. Originally released shortly before Curtis was murdered in August 1971, the album became Curtis' best-selling release and charted on Billboard's R&B and Pop charts. 

The album includes the powerful soul grooves laid down by Curtis and his dream team of musicians: Cornell Dupree on guitar, Jerry Jemmott on electric bass, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie on drums, Truman Thomas on electric piano, Pancho Morales on congas as well as special guests Billy Preston and The Memphis Horns. 

Opening with the torrid funk of "Memphis Soul Stew," the album also includes covers of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," Procol Harum's classic 1967 hit "A Whiter Shade Of Pale," Bobbie Gentry's hit single "Ode To Billie Joe," Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" and "Mr. Bojangles," Jerry Jeff Walker's tribute to the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who is often credited as the "father of tap dancing." 

Originally appearing on Rhino's out-of-print collection of the complete Fillmore West concert recordings, the bonus tracks on LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST include alternate performances of Buddy Miles' "Them Changes" and Curtis' signature "Soul Serenade" along with a cover of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" that did not appear on the original release featuring the irrepressible Billy Preston. 

"Memphis Soul Stew" 
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" 
"Whole Lotta Love" 
"I Stand Accused" 
"Them Changes" 
"Ode To Billie Joe" 
"Mr. Bojangles" 
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" 
"Soul Serenade" 

Bonus Tracks 
"My Sweet Lord" 
"Them Changes" 
"Ode To Billie Joe" 
"Soul Serenade" 
"Memphis Soul Stew" 
Live at Fillmore West
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography
Aretha Franklin
Live at Fillmore West (Deluxe)
 
Aretha Franklin - Live At Fillmore West
Release Date: 7/11/2006 
Rhino/Atlantic 

Press Release
Looking for a way to introduce Aretha Franklin to a mainstream audience, Jerry Wexler -- who signed the Queen of Soul to Atlantic Records and produced her classic albums -- booked the singer for three nights at San Francisco's Fillmore West in March 1971. At Wexler's suggestion, Franklin tapped premier saxman King Curtis and the Kingpins as both her opening act and backing band for the performances. Rhino Records revisits the sweet soul magic of those landmark live shows with remastered and expanded versions of ARETHA LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST and Curtis' LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST.

ARETHA LIVE AT FILLMORE WEST is a two-disc set containing the original ten-track album re-mastered and expanded with a bonus disc that includes 13 worthy performances not included on the original 1971 release. Adding up to an hour of vintage Aretha, the bonus tracks first surfaced on Rhino Handmade's rare and out-of-print collection featuring the complete Fillmore West concert recordings.

Opening with Franklin's signature hit "Respect," the first disc spotlights the Queen of Soul putting her inimitable vocal stamp on popular hits such as "Love The One You're With" by Stephen Stills, "Bridge Over Trouble Water" by Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and "Make It With You" by Bread. The second half of the album switches gears as Franklin launches into a cover of Ben E. King's "Don't Play That Song" and "Dr. Feelgood" before singing her 1971 Top 5 R&B and Top 30 Pop hit single, "Spirit In The Dark." The song received an unexpected reprise when "The Genius" Ray Charles was spotted in the audience and brought onstage to perform an extended duet with Franklin.

The second disc contains 13 of the best performances from all three nights including alternate versions of many songs featured on the original. The disc also includes four songs that did not appear on the original -- "Call Me," "Mixed-Up Girl," "Share Your Love With Me" and Franklin's heartfelt reading of Ashford and Simpson's "You're All I Need To Get By."

Disc: 1 
1. Respect 
2. Love The One You're With 
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water 
4. Eleanor Rigby 
5. Make It With You 
6. Don't Play That Song 
7. Dr. Feelgood 
8. Spirit In The Dark 
9. Spirit In The Dark (Reprise) 
10. Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand) 

Disc: 2 
1. Respect 
2. Call Me 
3. Mixed-up Girl 
4. Love The One You're With 
5. Bridge Over Troubled Water 
6. Share Your Love With Me 
7. Eleanor Rigby 
8. Make It With You 
9. You're All I Need To Get By 
10. Don't Play That Song 
11. Dr. Feelgood 
12. Spirit In The Dark 
13. Spirit In The Dark (Reprise) 

Disc 1 only - not remastered edition
Single edition Live at Fillmore West

Live at Fillmore West
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The 60's  
1. Respect    
2. Baby I Love You    
3. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)    
4. Chain Of Fools    
5. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man    
6. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman   
7. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone   
8. Ain't No Way   
9. Think   
10. See Saw   
11. The House That Jack Built   
12. I Say A Little Prayer   
13. The Weight   
14. Eleanor Rigby   
15. Share Your Love With Me   
16. Call Me   
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The 60's
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography
Aretha Franklin Studio albums 
through This Girl's In Love With You
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You   
1. Respect    
2. Drown In My Own Tears    
3. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)    
4. Soul Serenade    
5. Don't Let Me Lose This Dream    
6. Baby, Baby, Baby    
7. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)    
8. Good Times    
9. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man    
10. Save Me    
11. A Change Is Gonna Come    
12. Respect (Stereo Version)    
13. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (Stereo Version)    
14. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man (Stereo Version)      
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography
Aretha Arrives  
1. Satisfaction    
2. You Are My Sunshine    
3. Never Let Me Go    
4. 96 Tears    
5. Prove It    
6. Night Life   
7. That's Life   
8. I Wonder   
9. Ain't Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around)   
10. Going Down Slow   
11. Baby, I Love You   
Aretha Arrives
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Lady Soul  
1. Chain Of Fools    
2. Money Won't Change You    
3. People Get Ready    
4. Niki Hoeky    
5. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman    
6. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)   
7. Good To Me As I Am To You   
8. Come Back Baby   
9. Groovin'   
10. Ain't No Way   
11. Chain Of Fools (Unedited Version)   
12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Mono Single Version)   
13. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby) (Mono Single Version)   
14. Ain't No Way (Mono Single Version)   
Lady Soul
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Aretha Now   

1. Think    
2. I Say A Little Prayer    
3. See Saw    
4. Night Time Is The Right Time    
5. You Send Me    
6. You're A Sweet Sweet Man   
7. I Take What I Want   
8. Hello Sunshine   
9. A Change   
10. I Can't See Myself Leaving You   

Aretha Now
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Soul '69   
1. Ramblin'    
2. Today I Sing The Blues    
3. River's Invitation    
4. Pitiful    
5. Crazy He Calls Me    
6. Bring It On Home To Me   
7. Tracks Of My Tears   
8. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody   
9. Gentle On My Mind   
10. So Long   
11. I'll Never Be Free   
12. Elusive Butterfly   
Soul '69
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography
This Girl's In Love With You  
1. Son Of A Preacher Man    
2. Share Your Love With Me    
3. Dark End Of The Street    
4. Let It Be    
5. Eleanor Rigby    
6. This Girl's In Love With You   
7. It Ain't Fair   
8. The Weight   
9. Call Me   
10. Sit Down And Cry   
This Girl's In Love With You
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Pre-Atlantic Period
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography
The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965  
Disc: 1 
1. Nobody Like You    
2. Once In A While    
3. Maybe I'm A Fool    
4. Muddy Water    
5. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? (Alternate Version)    
6. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)    
7. Today I Sing The Blues    
8. Won't Be Long    
9. Nobody Know The Way I Feel This Morning    
10. Evil Gal Blues    
11. Lee Cross    
12. Walk On By    
13. I Wonder (Where Are You Tonight)    
14. God Bless The Child    
15. Blue Holiday    
16. Looking Through A Tear    
17. Tiny Sparrow    
18. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow    
19. Little Brown Book    
20. Without The One You Love    

Disc: 2 
1. This Bitter Earth    
2. Just For A Thrill    
3. Skylark    
4. Skylark (Alternate Version)    
5. Trouble In Mind    
6. Runnin' Out Of Fools    
7. Drinking Again    
8. Laughing On The Outside    
9. What A Difference A Day Makes    
10. Soulville    
11. You'll Lose A Good Thing    
12. Take A Look    
13. Cry Like A Baby    
14. I Wish I Didn't Love You So    
15. Only The Lonely    
16. People (From 'Funny Girl')    
17. Mockingbird    
18. Until You Were Gone    
19. My Coloring Book    
20. Try A Little Tenderness     

The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography
Jazz to Soul  
Disc: 1 
1. Today I Sing The Blues    
2. By Myself (Blue)    
3. Maybe I'm A Fool    
4. All Night Long    
5. Blue Holiday    
6. Nobody Like You   
7. Sweet Lover   
8. Just For A Thrill   
9. If Ever I Would Leave You   
10. Once In A While   
11. This Bitter Earth   
12. God Bless The Child   
13. Skylark   
14. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)   
15. Drinking Again   
16. What A Difference A Day Made (Makes)   
17. Unforgettable   
18. Love For Sale   
19. Misty   
20. Impossible   
21. This Could Be The Start Of Something (Big)   

Disc: 2 
1. Won't Be Long    
2. Operation Heartbreak    
3. Soulville    
4. Runnin' Out Of Fools    
5. Trouble In Mind    
6. Walk On By   
7. Every Little Bit Hurts   
8. Mockingbird   
9. You'll Lose A Good Thing   
10. Cry Like A Baby   
11. Take It Like You Give It   
12. Land Of Dreams   
13. Can't You Just See Me   
14. (No, No) I'm Losing You   
15. Bit Of Soul   
16. Why Was I Born?   
17. Until You Were Gone   
18. Lee Cross   
Jazz to Soul
Aretha Franklin - cd reviews and discography