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Last Days of the Fillmore
Last Days of the Fillmore
Actor: Various Artists
Director: Various
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2009     2hr 40min

Legendary rock impresario Bill Graham closed the Fillmore West in early summer 1971 with five nights of all-star concerts, the last curtain going down on July 4. The storied San Francisco venue had become an institution, a...  more »


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Actor: Various Artists
Director: Various
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll
Studio: Rhino Records
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/02/2009
Original Release Date: 06/02/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 06/02/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Rhino ....You guys cut the best part out of the dvd
Michael W. Dark | bay area | 06/05/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I was a little bit shocked that this version of the Documentary "Fillmore, the last days" isn't even the complete film.
Rhino what in the world possessed you guys to elminate the best performance in the movie? Was it money? It certianly wasn't due to a time constraint.. Did Boz Skaggs not want any involvement? I find it hard to understand that aspect as there where announcements regarding the release of this months ago on his website.. Why the sudden disappearce of his footage and involvment? The movie itself is just O.K. but when you take out argueably one of the better performances it doesn't make it any more attractive to purchase..There were so many better performances that week that got captured on audio, Only the visuals are lacking.. (where is "Brother can you spare a dime" w/t Tower of Power horns" ... damn what a shame... Rhino.. I guess this probabley is the main reason this release was held up and pushed back..Money , Money , Money, not art.
Also this would have been the perfect type of release that would have cried out for extra bonus footage and important talking heads going on and on about the Fillmore and what it meant to them..Oh well another missed opportunity..I hope Rhinos other ventures into films and their preservation at least have the sense to realize that a film is a piece of art no matter how big or small and deserves to be seen as the director intended..Not cut for time or money concerns..put it out like it was meant to be seen..truly dreadful Rhino..
Thanks Bill Graham For A Fitting Send-Off
Shell-Zee | Long Island, NY | 02/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If I could get into an H.G. Wells like time machine and travel back through the years, where would I want to go?....Well heck, Monterey Pop is not a bad place to start. Afterall it's the grand-daddy of rock festivals. Of course Woodstock readily comes to mind...It was the biggest ever and certainly boasts perhaps the greatest roster of artists. There was also Watkins Glen; The Band, The Dead & The Allman Brothers...Not too shabby by anyone's standards. And then there's the closing of the famed Fillmore Auditorium. Admittedly the talent pool is not quite as deep as the aforementioned extravaganzas. But the question that begs to be asked is, how great were the performances by many of the artists at those huge outdoor events? True, there were some real standouts. Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix clearly left it all on-stage at Monterey. Sly Stone, Santana and Joe Cocker were awesome at Woodstock. And The Dead were in their prime at Watkins Glen. But what of the balance of the acts that comprise those seminal events? Crosby Stills & Nash were certainly not ready for prime-time at Woodstock. The Band were racked by thunderstorms at Watkins Glen and played slightly less than forty five minutes before, as Levon Helm put it, "it began to pour like a cow pissing on a rock". And The Mamas & The Pappas were nowhere near the top of their game at Monterey. Their stage monitors were so faint that they couldn't get into their signature harmonies. Even Mama Cass sounded flat, (no pun intended).

So what can be said of the performances at The Fillmore West during those final days?...Nothing short of pure magic!....Just listen to The New Riders enliven the crowd with their old smuggler's tale Henry. The Dead are right-on with smokin' versions of Casey Jones and Johnny B. Goode. Quicksilver, a real bay area favorite wails into Mojo and Fresh Air...What pipes on the young Dino Valenti! And what more can we say of Santana's inspiried treatment of the Miles Davis classic In A Silent Way (actually writen by Joe Zawinul) and Incident At Neshabur? Another bay area band and crowd favorite It's A Beautiful Day perform a mavelous version of their signature song White Bird. While Boz Scaggs positively shines as never before on an amazing nine minute version of the old Steve Miller tune Baby's Calling Me Home. With help from the incomparable Tower of Power, Boz raises the roof and gets the audience on their feet! And let's not forget Hot Tuna's Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burnin'. Papa John Creech was cookin', as were Jack and Jorma....There was Lamb, Elvin Bishop, Malo (Carlos Santana's brother if you didn't know), Tower Of Power, Stoneground, Cold Blood and a memorable finale by Taj Mahal, Elvin Bishop and Boz Scaggs that left the audience, as Taj would say "satisfied and tickled too".

Yes, there were bigger events in the world of the rock festival extravaganza. But none can rival the inspiried performances, the sheer energy and all out intensity of the artists that played to a grateful audience those final five evenings. So point my time machine in the direction of San Francisco, set the date for June 30-July 4, 1971. Pack my tie-dyed t-shirts, fadded jeans and sandals and look for me up front and center stage. I'll be smilin' for sure and rockin' out to some of the greatest sounds ever to grace the fabeled walls of the one and only... the original Fillmore Auditorium. Thank you Bill Graham. You sure gave the place a fitting send-off.

P. S. I just recieved notes on the DVD release so I thought I'd ammend my review with the following: Unfortunately There is no footage of Boz Scaggs performing Baby's Calling Me Home. This was a real stand-out in the original audio release. Secondly the only inclusion of The New Riders of the Purple Sage is during a brief sound check with Jerry Garcia. Hot Tuna does "Candy Man" and "Uncle Sam Blues" and not "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burnin'". The wonderful finale by Boz Scaggs, Elvin Bishop and Taj Mahal didn't make its way onto the DVD release and neither did the very underated Malo. And finally there are two songs featured by The Jefferson Airplane ("Volenteers" and "We Can Be So Good Together"). These were not included on the audio release. However keep in mind these are not live performances but the original studio recordings set against a film collage of the Height Ashbury Summer of Love. In light of these omissions I'm changing my overall rating to 4.5 Stars."
Not The Real Thing
Bradley Addams | CARMEL VALLEY, CA USA | 06/04/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is not the movie that was in the theaters. This is much shorter and leaves out great bands and substitutes the best parts with filler. Save your money or be prepared to be disappointed."
What's left
Michael L. Knapp | Placerville, CA United States | 05/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've waited for so long for this to be released but there are some major disappointments in what is missing. No Stoneground, no Sons Of Champlin, great songs replaced by jams. Went to all the last shows but one and this does capture the closing of the Fillmore West (not to be confused with The Fillmore) in a somewhat clinical maner. No matter what you do, there is really no way to fully cature any event. I remember being somewhat disappointed when this movie originally came out. It's still a good movie, just not as good as it could have been."