Aretha Franklin Aretha Live At Fillmore West 1971

Aretha Live At Fillmore West is a live album by soul singer Aretha Franklin in concert in San Francisco over three nights in March 1971.

These concerts caught Aretha singing pop songs rather than her great soul classics from albums like I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and Lady Soul.

It has also been released in various versions.

Aretha Franklin Aretha Live At Fillmore West

Aretha Franklin Aretha Live At Fillmore West

Set List

Original live album

Respect – 3:53
Love The One You’re With – 4:15
Bridge Over Troubled Water – 5:55
Eleanor Rigby – 2:33
Make It With You – 4:33
Don’t Play That Song – 3:16
Dr. Feelgood – 7:06
Spirit In The Dark – 5:33
Spirit In The Dark (Reprise With Ray Charles) – 8:53
Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand) – 2:35

Deluxe Edition

Disc 1

Respect – 4:08
Love The One You’re With – 4:15
Bridge Over Troubled Water – 7:25
Eleanor Rigby – 2:40
Make It With You – 4:53
Don’t Play That Song – 3:43
Dr. Feelgood – 8:57
Spirit In The Dark – 7:25
Spirit In The Dark (Reprise With Ray Charles) – 19:24
Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand) – 5:04

These are the same songs as the original release of the live album but they haven’t been edited down. In particular notice that this version of the reprise of Spirit In the Dark where Aretha Franklin was joined on stage by Ray Charles is ten minutes longer.

Disc 2 (Alternate versions from other nights and previously unreleased songs)

Respect – 3:56
Call Me – 5:38
Mixed Up Girl – 2:58
Love The One You’re With – 4:18
Bridge Over Troubled Water – 7:41
Share Your Love With Me – 4:29
Eleanor Rigby – 2:37
Make It With You – 4:49
You’re All I Need to Get By – 5:02
Don’t Play That Song – 3:16
Dr. Feelgood – 6:44
Spirit In The Dark – 6:42
Spirit In The Dark (Reprise) – 2:40

I find it difficult to look at this album and judge what is there and not wish for what is not there.

I will be writing more.

If you want to hear all three nights of Aretha Franklin and King Curtis, there is a limited edition release called Don’t Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West.

What Other People Say About Aretha Live At Fillmore West

Despite my misgivings, this live album regularly appears in the lists of best live albums ever recorded and released.

NME    16
Slate Readers Poll    29
DigitalDreamDoor.com     29
Stylus    35
Chordstrike.com    40
Vox    Best 70

Reviews at Amazon are very positive as well.

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Buying Aretha Live At Fillmore West

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It’s still worth checking around on the websites to make sure that there isn’t a more up-to-date or less expensive option.

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