Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 16

Spirit In The Dark (With Aretha Franklin)

'71 LC SpiritAlbum3 1971 ArethaWith Aretha Franklin

Album3: Aretha Franklin, Live At The Fillmore West (Atlantic, SD 7205).
Album 3: Don’t Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West, Rhino Handmade, 3 May 2005.
Audio stream: Aretha Franklin – Fillmore West, Concert Vault, S.a.
Video stream: Aretha Franklin, Spirit In The Dark, Concert Vault, S.a.

Line-up: King Curtis’s the Kingpins – with Jerry Jemmott on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Truman Thomas on electric piano, Pancho Morales on congas, plus the Memphis Horns, backing vocals by The Sweethearts Of Soul (Brenda Bryant, Margaret Branch, Pat Smith). Special guest Billy Preston backed Aretha (and Ray!) on organ. (The horn parts and some of the backing vocals by the Sweethearts Of Soul were dubbed over in the studio).

Also read earlier posts here.

Original album cut:

Wexler’s re-cut:

In-house video:


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