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Live At Fillmore East
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Vinyl, Import, 23 September 2008
Audio CD, DTS Surround Sound, Super Audio CD - DSD
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.6 x 32.89 x 1.19 cm; 566.14 Grams
- Manufacturer : MERCURY
- Manufacturer reference : 8232731
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Run time : 1 hour and 17 minutes
- Label : MERCURY
- ASIN : B001CZ6CL8
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Double LP 2008 reissue on 180-gram vinyl. Few live albums are as revered as The Allman Brothers Band's "Live at the Fillmore East." More than just the raw energy on stage and from the crowd, it is the electric, jazz-like interplay between the performers that sets a high bar for jam bands to reach. The impeccable rhythm blended with masterful instrumental work, keeps fans coming back for more. Most noteworthy are the dueling lead guitars of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, and the instrumental byplay between Duane and his brother Gregg on the keyboards. Taken from a series of live shows in San Francisco recorded in March of 1971, "Live at the Fillmore East" was an instant classic. It became the band's high watermark, but was tragically followed by the motorcycle deaths of Duane and bassist Berry Oakley. This double vinyl reissue was pressed in 2008 on audiophile-quality, 180-gram vinyl.
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So while broadening my horizons and looking through lists of best [insert year/genre/format here] albums it occurred to me that I knew little by, or about the Allman Brothers Band with the exception of course of "Jessica" the "Top Gear" theme, but their 1971 "At Fillmore East" regularly tops these lists as best all-time live album, an omission that clearly needed remedying.
Now I don't normally like live albums viewing them as a kind of greatest hits set with unwanted crowd noise but "At Fillmore East" was an essential part of the Allman Brothers Band's development and their commercial breakthrough, hence yet another exception to my rules entered my Amazon basket.
So this morning I have the Allman's on heavy rotation and I find myself asking why have I only just come to the Allman Brothers Band and their "At Fillmore East" album. Still sounding fresh, if not perhaps as relevant as it was 50 years ago, and mercifully light on crowd noise allowing the listener to focus on the band's playing "At Fillmore East" was originally four side of vinyl although only seven tracks long, two of those tracks "You Don't Love Me" and "Whipping Post" each required a side to themselves.
But before we get to these, the album opens with it's most easily accessible side of "Statesboro Blues", "Done Somebody Wrong" and "Stormy Monday" with which the Allman's set out their southern rock credentials by playing some of the best rock blues you will ever hear. However sustaining interest, theirs and ours, over two twenty minute improvs would be a challenge for anyone (even Miles Davis!) and there are moments of noodling during the longer tracks that bring back memories of nodding-out at blues all-nighters in the Union Bar at Surrey Uni in the seventies, but persevere because these guys are good and its worth the noodling to hear their sound build as all members of the band re-engage following the solos.
But somewhere between the all too-short short tracks of the first side and the epic long tracks of sides two an four lies the excellent "In The Memory of Elizabeth Reed". Weighing-in at a mere [!] thirteen plus minutes and shorn of noodling "In The Memory of Elizabeth Reed" showcases the band at its best; yes this is the very essence of southern blues guitar rock, well-head from which many lighter-weight copies were once formed.
Recommended if you want to hear a slice of history or find the template for southern blues rock.
RUN...to get it !!!
I bought this as an LP in the early 70s when it first came out....and IS one of my favourite pieces of music !!!
You will NOT be disappointed....EVERY track...GREAT !!
I NEVER get tired of this great piece of music ....neither will YOU !!
The Filmore East is gone now....and some of the band members shown on the album have passed away.
A TIMELESS piece of music !!!
Looked through my comments on this cd.....April 13 /20014
NEVER GOT PUT IN !!!!!...WHY??
Rest In Peace Duane Allman