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The Original Diva

I confess, I was watching VH1 last night. They were displaying the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. The list was chosen based off votes from around 200 musicians and “music experts”. We got to the Top 30 and at number 27 was the original diva, Aretha Franklin. I sat there and listened to the segment on Aretha and thought to myself, “Why don’t I own ANY of her music?” This morning it hit me that I needed to get some. What to get? I looked on a wiki page to see her discography only to be intimidated by the catalog. So I just decided to pick something. I chose “Aretha Franklin: Live at The Fillmore West”. I hit the jackpot! For a music lover, who just randomly picked an album, this is like winning the lottery. This is one of the best albums I have listened to.

The album kicks off with an introduction and then the band takes no time in getting it started. The first song of the set is “Respect” at about (no joke) 50bpm faster than the radio version. The event then transitions to a version of “Love The One You’re With” followed by “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. The show picks back up with “Eleanor Rigby” and it’s amazing. Later in the show Aretha does a reprise of “Spirit in the Dark’ with the one and only, Ray Charles.

This is a must have album. Check it out, then get it!

Aretha Franklin: Live at Fillmore West – iTunes

Aretha Franklin: Live at Fillmore West – Amazon MP3

Track List:
1. Respect
2. Love The One You’re With
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water
4. Eleanor Rigsby
5. Make It With You
6. Don’t Play That Song
7. Dr. Feelgood
8. Spirit In the Dark
9. Spirit In the Dark (Reprise with Ray Charles)
10. Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)

  1. September 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I have some of her stuff on vinyl that I’ve never had a chance to listen to. I don’t think it’s in good shape but you should borrow it.

    • Will Hughes
      September 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      That would be great. I guess the next time we’ll meet is for NCSU Campus Crusade in a couple of weeks.

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