R&B ON SUNDAY: ARETHA FRANKLIN - MONTREUX 1971

February 23, 2020 – 6:11 am

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ARETHA FRANKLIN
Montreux 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Montreux Jazz Festival. Casino, Montreux, Switzerland; June 12, 1971 (Early show). Fairly to very good FM broadcast. Nobody’s remaster of what could be a master or 1st gen reel - possibly from a film? - of an original broadcast.

Thanks to original uploader grooveon; and to Emperor Nobody (EN) for the remaster and for sharing the show at Dime.

Nobody’s notes on the remaster, August 2018:

Obviously there has been a great loss that leaves an irreparable void in the musical firmament of our world, but as we know the only way to memorialize the giants is to play the music, so here we are. This tape’s been around for a while and I always loved the performance, but felt it was imbalanced and that Aretha’s voice was a bit buried in the orchestral maelstrom of brass and horns. So I sat down when she passed this morning and spent the day excavating it from the soup so it’d be more prominent and audible. [Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018 at the age of 76.]

I used Sound Forge 11’s Graphic EQ and Graphics Dynamics tools, and increased the left channel volume to create a better balance with more lead vocal in the mix. I repaired the dropout in the transition between Dr Feelgood and Spirit In the Dark to be less egregiously disturbing, chopped off the filler track at the end of the original files, which seemed to have nothing at all to do with this performance (I think it was Traffic, and I have no idea how it got there, but no matter), and tracked the medleys into separate files. I created a new cover, made new fingerprints, and got everything titled and tagged properly as well. I also clarified who is playing on it and amended this text file.

This is a stunner of a set from the Aretha & King Curtis “Live at the Fillmore” era, taped as they both were just a few months before Curtis was so tragically murdered. We are all devastated that The Queen has left us, but hopefully this reworking of this magical tape will turn a little of that grief into the necessary celebration of a life lived as well as a human life can be lived. Farewell to Aretha Franklin - an artist whose music will never, ever die - and enjoy.

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Track 01. Soul Serenade 3:23
Track 02. Respect 4:14
Track 03. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman 4:28
Track 04. I Say a Little Prayer 3:40
Track 05. Call Me 6:55
Track 06. Brand New Me 4:16
Track 07. Share Your Love with Me 4:00
Track 08. Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) 3:59
Track 09. Bridge Over Troubled Water 5:53
Track 10. Dr Feelgood 6:50
Track 11. Spirit In the Dark 6:04
54 mins

Lineup:
Aretha Franklin - vocals and piano
King Curtis - saxophones
Cornell Dupree - guitar
Jerry Jemmott - bass
Truman Thomas - organ
Bernard Purdie - drums
Pancho Morales - percussion
Brenda Bryant, Margaret Branch & Pat Smith - vocals & percussion
with The Memphis Horns:
Jack Hale - trombone
Roger Hopps - trumpet
Wayne Jackson - trumpet
Andrew Love - tenor saxophone
Jimmy Mitchell - baritone saxophone

Click here to order Aretha Franklin releases.

  1. 54 Responses to “R&B ON SUNDAY: ARETHA FRANKLIN - MONTREUX 1971”

  2. The lady at her all time best. If you want this, grab it quickly. This will likely be released commercially if it is not being planned already. King Curtis, who played in this band and did the sax on so many classic Atlantic tracks by the Coasters, Drifters and other artists, was murdered two months and a day after this recording.

    By Tony Pizza on Feb 23, 2020

  3. Legendary stuff here . Aretha in her prime . Thanks

    By CJ on Feb 23, 2020

  4. Rumor has it Aretha preferred Big Uns

    By U L E on Feb 23, 2020

  5. THANKS.
    Nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for her.

    By John on Feb 23, 2020

  6. This ain’t classic rock but it ain’t bad . Coon music was good back then . 60s and 70s. With Aretha , Diana Ross , with and without supremes , Marvin Gay , Stevie Wonder , Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, Roberta Flack , Temtations , four tops . All that Motown shit was good . Coons knew their fuckin place back then. No rap bullshit in them days

    By Derrick on Feb 23, 2020

  7. Favorite Franklin song is do right woman . It ain’t here though. Fuck

    By Derrick on Feb 23, 2020

  8. Also liked the fifth dimension, Aquarias and up up and away in balloon

    By Derrick on Feb 23, 2020

  9. Hey Anti Fury beat the coon Wilder . Guess that’s a good thing but shit , still don’t compare to boxing in the Clay , Frazier, Foreman, Norton days

    By Derrick on Feb 23, 2020

  10. Anti , just read that Mike Tyson is pissed off that his kids date white people . Mike don’t approve of this fuckin mixed shit either and he’s a coon. The old school coons don’t approve of this race mixin hi yeller shit either. It’s these young folks wantin to do that shit

    By Derrick on Feb 23, 2020

  11. Derrick, it was a bludgeoning. Wilder never had a chance

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 23, 2020

  12. Fury knocked him down twice and busted his eardrum and blood was pouring out of his mouth

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 23, 2020

  13. Since his eardrum was busted, you can see his equilibrium was off and never the same fighter. He never had a chance after round 2

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 23, 2020

  14. FRom from round 2 to the stoppage in round 7, you can see that fury had his way. Fury kept moving in causing wilder to back in the ropes and then he would hit him and you could see his body language was a beaten man

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 23, 2020

  15. Yeah , I didn’t pay to see it myself, but Wilder was supposed to be the puncher , Fury the boxer so that was surprising to see Wilder take a beating like that

    By Derrick on Feb 23, 2020

  16. It was a mauling man. The last time I paid for a fight was pacquio vs mayweather. I wont be doing that again. No way Anthony Joshua will beat Fury. Theres no one else out there. I thought Wilder would have a shot but Fury weight did him in. The fight started at 12:15 am est

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 23, 2020

  17. Fuck you Derrick. Why did you choose to pollute this site with your disgusting presence?

    By mezzrow on Feb 23, 2020

  18. fuck you mezzanine section

    By Derrick on Feb 23, 2020

  19. Thanks, Big O, and thank you Aretha!

    This is one of King Curtis’ last performances. He was murdered two months later (August 13, 1971)by a drug dealer who refused to get out of his way as he carried an air conditioner to his apartment.

    The rest of his band is outstanding, and the sound is terrific given the technology of the time.

    By Eric on Feb 23, 2020

  20. I Love This Show !!! Thanks Soooo Much !!!

    By Elvis O'Neill on Feb 24, 2020

  21. Anti , sounds like we got us another motherfuckin Dic suckin jew bastard. His name is mezzrow

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  22. Sounds like he sucs dics to me

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  23. Yeah I see that. I think its the same person using multiple names.

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  24. I agree with you Derrick. I’m thinking its the same person also. Could be anyone.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 24, 2020

  25. That IS all well AND Good. You sound quite ar-tic-u-late. Just Remember, Haters: Your Hole is equal to the sum, i.e. bulk, structure, and yes, epitome of your parts…

    By harmon on Feb 24, 2020

  26. Anti, our friend harmon the hardon sounds like he sucs dics to me

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  27. Anti , one of the best fights I ever saw was Hagler Hearns , 85 . Only three rounds but non stop action. Both guys throwing bombs . Marvelous Marvin took the hitman out in round three . What a fuckin fight . Remember it ?

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  28. Also Arguello vs Aaron Pryor . Great fight but Alexis would have knocked him out except for Panama Lewis and that strange bottle between rounds . Felt bad for Arguello , the dude was all class . Deserved better than to be cheated like that

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  29. Saw that documentary about Luis Resto and Billy Collins . Panama Lewis should have rot in prison

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  30. All the fights you mentioned were great fights. How bout Arturo Gatti vs Irish Mickey Ward. I saw the Mancini fight when he killed the gook

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 24, 2020

  31. How about the Wilfredo Benitez Leonard fight. I never liked Leonard. I thought he was an ali clone

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 24, 2020

  32. The best was when Ali fought the Englishman Henry Cooper and he broke his nose. Blood was all over his face

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 24, 2020

  33. Hagler beat Alan Minter in England to win the middleweight crown

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 24, 2020

  34. I saw all the fights you mentioned. The fight between Leonard and Hagler was won by Hagler but they gave it to Leonard. You gotta remember boxing was controlled was the gangsters back in the day. Thats why sonny liston went down with the phantom punch in the second fight. Liston was in so much in debt he had no choice

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 24, 2020

  35. Yeah Anti , Hagler won that fight with Sugar Ray Leonard. Hagler would land the harder punches then sugar Ray would flurry at the end of each round to impress the judges . I saw that fight on closed circuit tv at a local national guard armary in 87

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  36. Watched the Leonard Benitiz fight on tv in 79 . Hagler was on the undercard. He fought a draw with Vito Antifermo who was the champ at the time . Antofermo then lost the title to Alan Minter who then lost it to Hagler In London. Fourth round KO . Remember the British fans throwing shit in the ring at Hagler after the fight

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  37. Also saw Leonard fight Roberto Duran twice in 80 . The first one was great . Duran won cause Leonard tried to trade punches instead of box . The second one was the famous no mas fight . Duran quitting in the 8th round

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  38. Robert Duran was my favorite fighter of all time. I couldnt believe he stopped fighting in the 8th round. I remember leonard doing the bolo punch and hitting duran with the left. I think he frustrated duran. I just saw the movie Hands of Stone. Robert DeNiro play his trainer Ray Arcel. In the lightweight division Duran was the hardest hitting puncher. His eye would turn black when he was in a clinch

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 24, 2020

  39. Back in them days it was the fight more than the show . The sight of wilder and fury entering the ring with all that glitz . Fury bein carried In with a crown and on a throne and. Wilders entrance almost the same plays into the modern look at me world of today . Ali and them guys never had to do that shit . There ain’t never been another Ali / Cassius Clay and never will be again . Fighters has been trying to imitate him for fuckin decades and nobody’s come close . He also never would have had tattoos. Too much class . He always dressed in nice suits

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  40. I miss Ali’s funny back and forth with Howard Cosell , that jew bastard. Remember when Ali would threaten to pull his wig off on TV ? Funny as shit .

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  41. He would insult the shit out of Frazier. He knew how to get under Joes skin

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  42. Remember once he called Frazier dumb on tv . Frazier got up and then they started wrestling on the floor Cosell was with them . Then the time Ali called him a gorilla before Manilla. Ali was hyping their fights , he knew how to promote. Joe took it personal. Joe never forgave Ali . He carried that with him till the day he died

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  43. Leonard tried to be a lighter weight Ali but I don’t think he pulled it off too good . Only one Ali

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  44. Ali called Sonny Liston , the big ugly bear , George Foreman was the mummy , Earnie Shavers was the Acorn, Jerry Quarry was the great white dope . He had nicknames for all his opponents.

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  45. Sonny might have taken a dive though in that second fight . That wasn’t much of a punch

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  46. Famous sportswriter Jimmy Cannon was quoted after the second Liston fight . I was there and saw it . It wouldn’t have crushed a grape.

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  47. Sonny was controlled by the mob . They had him under their thumb for 12 years He spent time in prison

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  48. Lots of theories as to how sonny died too. Most say the mob wacked him and made it look like an overdose. Supposedly he was stealin mob money. Cops was in on it they say

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  49. He was supposed to take another dive in his last fight with Chuck Wepner ( Remember him vs Ali ) he defied the mob and cut wepner up . Mob wasn’t happy Sonny was becoming a problem for the mob . He also threatened to tell about the Clay dive . Sonny was almost out of money

    By Derrick on Feb 24, 2020

  50. I remember Ali punching a lil gorilla and calling it Joe Frazier before one of the fights. This guy Tyson Fury is a character. When he had Wilder on the ropes, he started licking his blood off his shoulders. Almost as bad as Mike Tyson biting Holyfields’ ear off.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Feb 25, 2020

  51. I watched the Tyson holly field fight . Mike was getting his ass kicked good so he got pissed and bit off Evqnders ear

    By Derrick on Feb 25, 2020

  52. Is there a boxing blog that discusses music ?

    By Stanley on Feb 25, 2020

  53. Tyson in his glory years was glorious.

    By Chowdergun! on Feb 26, 2020

  54. I figured out why Derrick is so obsessed with boxing…. it’s because the boxers are always shirtless, with sweat glistening on, and dripping down off, their bare chests. Derrick just can’t get enough of that naked, sweaty man-flesh.

    By Dirrickk on Feb 27, 2020

  55. thanks, big-O! i may be the last to d/l, but the first to thank you for it.

    By I-) on Feb 29, 2020

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