Title - 'Live at Fillmore West [LIVE]' (Rhino)
Artist - Aretha Franklin
On March 5-7, 1971, the one and only Queen of Soul headlined Bill Graham's world-famous rock venue Fillmore West. Bill Graham was a master at creating an atmosphere at the Fillmore West that brought out the best in both an artist and an audience. Case in point: Aretha Franklin's 1971 concerts in which she showed the world again what an incredible singer she was (and still is in 2006). "Live at the Fillmore West" is just a crackling great show from start to finish. The Top-40 hits may have slowed down for Aretha in 1971, but her live performances were at their peak. This reissue adds a second disc of full performances and they are all keepers. Across 35 years you can still hear how she holds the audience in her hands and brings them on an emotional journey that owes much to her gospel roots. "Love the One You're With," "Dr. Feelgood," and even Bread's "Make it With You," get the full Franklin treatment. Her voice was never better. Things rise to a spectacular climax with the addition of Ray Charles on "Spirit in the Dark." Ohh to have been there.