A show from Aretha Franklin's legendary 1971 three-night stand at the Fillmore West that made up her “Aretha Live at the Fillmore” album and an early show by the Foo Fighters will be available as free downloads starting Wednesday for members of the Concert Vault, a spokesman told Vintage Rock 'n' Roll Examiner Oct. 1.
The Foo Fighters show, recorded April 27, 1995 at Tramps in New York, was done before the release of the group's self-titled first album “Foo Fighters,” also in 1995, and two months after the group's live debut. Their songs include many that would end up on the first album, including “This Is a Call,” “I'll Stick Around,” “Big Me,” “Floaty,” “For All the Cows,” “X-Static,” “Wattershed” and “Exhausted.” It will be available Wednesday through Friday.
Aretha Franklin's show at the Fillmore West from March 6, 1971, from the second night of her three-night stand, was the night before Ray Charles surprised the crowd and dueted with the Queen on “Spirit in the Dark.” This show includes several famous names in the band: Billy Preston (“Nothing From Nothing”) on organ and King Curtis and the Kingpins, including King Curtis on sax, Cornell Dupree on guitar and Bernard Purdie on drums, to back her up. The songs include “Respect,” covers of Stephen Stills' “Love the One You're With,” the Beatles' “Eleanor Rigby” and Simon & Garfunkel's “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” and her showstopping finale, “Spirit in the Dark.” The Fillmore gigs were released as an album shortly after and later as a limited edition Rhino release with the three full shows. Also, this show was one of the last by King Curtis, who was stabbed to death a few months later.
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