KING CURTIS — Live at Fillmore West

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Live album · 1971

Filed under RnB
By KING CURTIS

Tracklist

A1 Memphis Soul Stew 7:30
A2 A Whiter Shade Of Pale 5:15
A3 Whole Lotta Love 2:10
A4 I Stand Accused 6:17
B1 Changes 6:52
B2 Ode To Billie Joe 3:12
B3 Mr. Bojangles 4:23
B4 Signed Sealed Delivered, I'm Yours 2:30
B5 Soul Serenade 5:30

Total Time: 44:45

Line-up/Musicians

Backing Band – Kingpins, The
Bass – Jerry Jemmott
Brass – Memphis Horns, The
Congas – Pancho Morales
Drums – Bernard Purdie
Guitar – Cornell Dupree
Organ – Billy Preston
Piano – Truman Thomas
Saxophone – Andrew Love, Jimmy Mitchell , King Curtis, Lou Collins
Trombone – Jack Hale
Trumpet – Roger Hopps, Wayne Jackson

About this release

ATCO Records – SD 33-359 (US)

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Rokukai
This record takes me back a long way. DW's first put on The Allman Bros. "You Don't Love Me" into "Soul Serenade" off the Dreams box set--the one where Duane does the King Curtis intro. After that rousing event, Danny said "Now let's listen to 'Live At Fillmore West'". I was blown away.

At 15, this was a life altering event for me and certainly clouds my judgement on this particular set. As non-biased as I can, I'd say at worst "Live at Fillmore West" is a fantastic live R and B album. At best, it's a deserved R and B and jazz masterpiece. Curtis and his crack band (WOW we've got Cornell Dupree, Jerry Jemmott, Billy Preston, Bernard Purdie, Pancho Morales, Truman Thomas--an all star band) are in superb form on his hits (Memphis Soul Stew and Soul Serenade) sandwiching 7 top-notch covers of overdone hits for others (Whiter Shade of Pale, Signed Sealed Delivered, Them Changes, Ode to Billie Joe etc.). Awesome stuff from a supremely gifted artist whose life was tragically cut short.

One highlight for me on "Live at Fillmore West", and one of my favorite moments in recorded music history, is Billy Preston's solo on "Whiter Shade of Pale". His organ bleeds so much soul it's enough to bring one to tears.

"I Stand Accused" is another memorable 6 minutes with a great rap intro.

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