50 years years ago this month, Aretha Franklin released the second live album of her career; a blazing performance that exemplified not only the diversity of her repertoire but the supernatural power of her voice… an unmatched entity to this very day.
Live at the Fillmore West compiled of a trio of concerts performed on March 5, 6, and 7, 1971, at the Fillmore West Concert Hall in San Francisco. The Queen of Soul’s expanded set list steered away from her contemporary pop and rock material, embracing the classic folk tunes producer Jerry Wexler thought might win over the “hippie” audiences of 1970s San Francisco.
As a result, the world was gifted with a set of wonderfully rare performances, including Franklin’s own interpretations of Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and Bread’s “Make It with You.” The legendary set also included many of her own finest compositions like “Dr. Feelgood” and “Spirit in the Dark,” and, of course, her powerful rendition of Otis Redding’s “Respect.”
Aretha Franklin | “Respect” [Live at Fillmore West, 1971]
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