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4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

WPDjr ,

I LOVE THIS!!

This is one of the greatest live albums ever! I love the fact she does "Respect" right out of the gate... as if to say, here... that's what you came for now get out! Only an artist like Aretha is that brave. I also love the fact she makes the next 4 tracks (Love the One You're With, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Eleanor Rigby and Make it With You) Her own! Look no further for proof she's the Queen of Soul!

Beaux Luis ,

A Magical Trio of Nights in San Francisco

Bill Graham’s Fillmore East and West was well known for combining acts from different genres of music for an exciting evening. In 1971, arenas were not the only venues for superstars. Clubs and ballrooms were also greatly utilized. The act with multiple nights, usually constituted how popular they were. Diana Ross and The Supremes might play a week at posh supper clubs like The Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco or The Empire Room in New York. Rock and/or grittier R&B acts might play The Fillmore(s), The Bitter End, The Roxy. Rare self-contained R&B acts like Stevie Wonder, Ike & Tina or Aretha might play those venues as well.
Therefore, Aretha’s 3-night stand with a surprise appearance by Ray Charles at The Fillmore West was a prestigious gig. On the pop side, Diana Ross might play The Circle Star Theatre.
Aretha had her solid R&B base, but, she also had credibility with rock ‘n roll audiences.
The Fillmore West gig featured the hits like “Respect”, “Spirit in the Dark” along with more pop rock repertoire like “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,”Love the One You’re With “ and even “Make it With You”.
What audiences didn’t know was the Queen of Soul and the Queen of Motown paid homage to each other. Both released live albums in 1971. Diana closed her ratings busting debut television special and live album, “Diana!” with Aretha’s “Call Me (I Love You)” , which she was nominated for a Grammy. Aretha closed her triumphant 3-night gig at The Fillmore with Diana’s signature “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hands)”!
The highlights include a stirring version of “Don’t Play that Song”, her duet with Ray Charles on “Spirit in the Dark”!

VanillaSoulChild ,

GREATEST LIVE LP EVER !!! Long Live ARETHA ..xo

Everytime I listen to this rare GEM , I am blown away as if I am hearing it for the first time !! Aretha is SO Amazing here that the Moniker given to her ,
Queen Of Soul , doesn't even do her Justice !! She is so much better than THAT even !! ' Love the one you're with' , leaves me breathless and
then she takes you straight to Church with , ' Spirit in the Dark ' ... I never tire of listening to this cd ... ALL HAIL Indeed ... xoxo

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