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Matt Rowe
The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East
Released: September 23, 2003
Origination Year: 1971
Time: N/A
Tracks:13 - 2 Discs
Produced by: Tom Dowd
Style: Live
Format: CD
Enhancement: Remastered
Deluxe Edition

Label: Mercury Records

Track Listing
  1. Statesboro Blues
  2. Trouble No More
  3. Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
  4. Done Somebody Wrong
  5. Stormy Monday
  6. One Way Out
  7. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
  8. You Don't Love Me
  9. Midnight Rider
  10. Hot 'Lanta
  11. Whipping Post
  12. Mountain Jam
  13. Drunken Hearted Boy

The Allman Brothers Band
Duane Allman:

Gregg Allman:
Vocals / Keyboards

Dicky Betts:

Berry Oakley:

Jaimoe Trucks:

Butch Trucks:

The Allman Brothers created music to last an eternity. Every album they put out in the 70s smoked like a southern brazier. But no live album save for a few can live on that exalted first shelf of your collection like The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East.

The Fillmores East and West possess history like no other venue in the history of rock. Begotten by concert impresario, Bill Graham, the Fillmore auditoriums as well as the storied Winterland location provided some of the finest rock performers, Allmans included, a home on stage, a comfort zone that urged the best from all who stood upon its hallowed ground. Hallowed because of who graced it's stages and simultaneously hated by the attendees for all of Graham's supposed control and greed, the Fillmore East and West became the place to have played at.

The Allman Brothers completed that step and created a lasting record of not only the Fillmore but of Duane Allman and the band called The Allman Brothers Band. Issued in 1971 as a double live album when double live albums were unheard of, it put the Allman Brothers on the roadmap to lasting fame. It also cemented Duane Allman's place in history as one of Rock's most enduring guitarists.

Most of the songs on this live set were previously unrecorded at the time. Recorded by the late legendary producer, Tom Dowd, the sessions taped represented two shows on the same evening. The first show was a structured concert while the later show allowed for freer expression, which the band took full advantage of. The results of that later show are found on this album as bonus tracks.

Southern blues was no stranger to Duane and his band. The original double LP contained 7 songs beginning with the very electric, very bluesy Willie McTell composition, "Statesboro Blues" transitioning into one heater after another. This newly remastered Deluxe Edition provides an additional 6 songs including a 30 minute rendition of "Mountain Jam" that bridged from "Whipping Post", itself 23 minutes in length as well as the final encore of the night, in fact, the last song ever to be played on Fillmore East's stage, "Drunken Hearted Boy". It features a stand-in by Elvin Bishop who was one of the opening acts that evening.

This Deluxe Edition also changes the song order from the original to more accurately reflect what actually transpired the evenings of these recordings. In addition to the new song adds already spoken of earlier, there were new tunes, the Muddy Waters' tune, "Trouble No More" and Gregg Allman's "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" and "Midnight Rider".

The remastered discs do great justice to the sound quality showcasing the fiery guitars of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. However, it's Duane Allman's slide guitar and bluesy approach to his playing that is incendiary and unforgettable. His early death deprived the world of greatness that would never be built upon.

Issued in panelled digipak and protected by a plastic slipcover OCard, The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East ranks as one of the greatest live documents in our history. It's certainly the closest to the heart of Rock n Roll.

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