March 9, 2010

The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East

I'll tell you what. The original band did not have enough time together before tragedy occurred. This album was their pinnacle in terms of not only their creativity in music, but also in their ability to play off of each other in concert. This recording is actually culled from 2 consecutive night shows. Some of the songs are actually from both nights spliced together.

No argument though that this Tom Dowd produced album set a new standard of live recording and if you get the Deluxe version you get more of the concerts remixed to produce an even better sound.

Duane Allman on lead/slide guitar, Gregg Allman on Keyboards and the most soulful blues voice ever, Dickey Betts on lead/slide guitar and vocals, Berry Oakley's long melodic "third guitar" base, Jai Johanney Johanson and Butch Trucks on dual drums and percussion.

The understated In Memory of Elizabeth Reed written by Dickey.

The Whipping Post by Gregg.

Stormy Monday by T-Bone Walker. This song is my favorite on the album and typifys the awesome band interplay and their enormous talent.

This is another great recording in my top 10 of classic rock albums. If you havent tried it, do it soon. You won't regret it.



Chris Stebnitz said...

T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday" is definitely my favorite on this album as well. But, equally challenging to pull of was Muddy Water's "Trouble No More". Yeah, for those who didn't know, Muddy Water's real name was McKinley Morganfield. His grandmother Della Grant raised him after his mother died shortly after his birth. Apparently his fondness for playing in mud earned him the nickname "Muddy" when he was young. He later changed it to "Muddy Water" and finally "Muddy Waters".

The Deluxe album is the way to go. Dropped it on my iPod awhile ago and the clarity of those guys at that show is really amazing. What a time it must have been for those actually there - although from a musical enjoyment perspective, hearing the recording probably lends itself to a better experience.

Nice work on this post, Dan.

JohnnyG's Blues said...

I wore this vinyl out. Definitely an all time great. I remember when Duane was killed and thinking this was the end for them. Fortunately it was not and they went on to create a lot more great music. I think Duane would have wanted it that way.

Tom C said...

This Lp is the only reason I started to play guitar. It changed my-then 11 year old life back in 1974.

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