Aretha Franklin - Live at The Fillmore West - Speakers Corner Audiophile

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Culled together from a trio of concerts performed on March 5, 6, and 7, 1971, Live at the Fillmore West was recorded at… Okay, now, don’t look at us like that: not everyone knows where the Fillmore West Concert Hall, all right? So for the record, it’s in San Francisco, and it was one of the venues that helped make Bill Graham into a legend among concert promoters.

The decision to expand Franklin’s set list to exclude more contemporary pop and rock material came at the behest of producer Jerry Wexler, who thought it’d be a good idea to try and reach out to the “hippie” audience in San Francisco. As a result, the world was gifted with performances of Franklin’s 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,” which sit alongside her classic rendition of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” her own compositions “Dr. Feelgood” and “Spirit in the Dark,” the Ben E. King classic “Don’t Play That Song,” and Diana Ross’s “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).”