Een unieke en uitgebreide liveregistratie van het concert uit 1968.
Voor het eerst op dvd verkrijgbaar in uitstekend beeld- en geluidskwaliteit en met een uniek kijkje achter de coulissen.
1. Arrival at the Concertgebouw + Interview
3. Don't let me lose this dream
4. Soul Serenade
6. A Natural Woman
7. Come Back Baby
8. Dr Feelgood
9. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)
10. Good To Me As I Am To You
11. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
12. Chain Of Fools
This DVD shows very rare and unique footage of Aretha in a very productive and creative
part of her career. Like Ray Charles, Aretha is a true original with the deepness, power
and soul that trancends the decades. Every vocalist in soul music owes something to
Aretha Franklin. In the land of Soul she reigns supreme.
The Amsterdam concert kicks off with an energetic version of the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards
hit Satisfaction. For the next tune the tempo comes down for Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream,
written by Aretha and her husband cum manager Ted White. Next on the programme is
Willie Mitchell’s 1968 hit Soul Serenade. Originally written as an instrumental, lyrics were
later supplied by producer/writer Luther Dixon. The trumpets miss just about everything
but it’s Aretha’s powerful delivery that keeps the thing together. After a short version of
The Young Rascals’ Groovin’, it’s time for Natural Woman, written by songwriter couple
Carole King and Gerry Goffin. This is followed by Ray Charles’ Come Back Baby and the
audience, having been summoned to stay in their seats, continues to dance sitting down.
These last three tunes came from Aretha’s LP Lady Soul that had been released three
months earlier. For the next three songs Aretha changes places with the very able pianist
Gary Illingworth to accompany herself doing Dr. Feelgood and her latest hit Since You’ve
Been Gone. Both were written by Aretha and Ted White. The slow blues Dr. Feelgood is
one of the sublime moments of the concert. It has Aretha doing what she does best; deep,
soulful gospel with impeccable piano accompaniment and Aretha laying it down and telling
it like it is. Dutch newspaper critics at the time thought this was the best song of the concert.
The third song of this segment of the show is Good To Me As I Am To You, another emotional
blues from Aretha’s pen. With Illingworth back at the keyboard Aretha returns to centre
stage and goes into Ronnie Shannon’s I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You) which
was her first hit on Atlantic. In retrospect Aretha’s ad-lib “and I want to leave him right here
with you tonight” which is also on the Paris concert, can be construed as a reference to the
waning of marital bliss between Aretha and Ted White (whom she would divorce the next year)
or as a remark about the band that he put together. Next is a great version Don Covay’s Chain
Of Fools and Aretha closes her concert with a roaring version of what is perhaps Aretha’s
greatest hit, Otis Redding’s Respect.