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At Fillmore East

The Allman Brothers Band

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It's easy to hear why Fillmore East comes up in every "best live album of all time" conversation. All of the Southern blues-rockers' many assets are on full display on this 1971 juggernaut: Gregg Allman's gritty vocals and grooving organ work, the dynamic twin lead guitars of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, the two-drummer attack of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks. The set roars out of the gate with four blues covers before culminating with two original instrumentals and an epic, frenzied, 23-minute version of their signature "Whipping Post." The band's combination of strength and subtlety and their mastery of ebb and flow are nothing short of remarkable. Jazzy tinges distinguish T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday." while other tracks pulsate with ferocity and intensity: "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" puts the whole package together in one incredible statement.

Customer Reviews

Best Live Album Ever

This is the best live album ever recorded. The Allman Brothers at this point were at their peak. The interplay between the brothers Duane Allman on guitar and Gregg Allman’s powerful singing and organ playing is ethereal. And the interplay between Duane and the other lead guitarist, Dickey Betts, was absolutely incendiary. The rhythm section containing Berry Oakley on bass, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe on drums drives the band farther than they ever could have gone. It is tragic to think that just a few months after this album was released, Duane Allman met his maker in a tragic motorcycle crash, along with Berry Oakley eerily following his footsteps on year later in a motorcycle crash not a block from where Duane was killed. But this album presents the band at their peak and should forever be known as the greatest live album ever. “Statesboro Blues” exists as one of Duane Allman’s finest moments on his open E bottleneck guitar playing. Duane takes his solo to new levels of playing ability. Gregg’s vocals are also incredible as is Dickey Betts’ fine solo. In this reviewer’s opinion, their playing ability is even more evident on the fantastic cover of Elmore James’ “Done Somebody Wrong.” Thom Ducette joins them on harmonica and does a fine job. There have been many versions of “Stormy Monday,” but the Allmans’ version is the best. Gregg is at his best here singing the blues. His vocals are just so strong, and Duane, Gregg, and Dickey all individually showcase their instruments in fine style. “You Don’t Love Me” is an epic blues jam, which goes past 20 minutes. The beginning is well played, as everybody is able to connect with each other musically. After the main part of the song, Duane goes off on his own showcasing the brilliance of his playing. Dickey also shows the crowd that he is no second rate guitar player as he dives into a jazzy jam with the two drummers having their own drum-off contest. Then as the band comes back together, Duane and Dickey do what they do best, harmonize! The dueling guitar work during this section is what they are known for. Duane closes the song with a burning rendition of “Joy the World,” and the song is over. “Hot Lanta” is, dare I say it, the best song the Allmans’ ever did. It is one of the few songs they all wrote together. Gregg leads the charge with his organ line followed by Duane and Dickey playing together like a horn section. The three of them offer fine solos with Berry Oakley supporting their improvisations with his own brilliant 6/8 improvisational bass. Jaimoe and Butch also take s dueling drum solo. The ending is eerie, yet it counterpoints well to the rest of the song. As soon as they hit the last note, the audience erupts in applause. “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” is Dickey Betts’ composition and one of their finest moments on the stage. Dickey’s beginning volume swell is beautiful as is the ever-changing arrangement of the song. All solos are fantastic (especially Duane Allman’s epic solo, it’s like he’s telling a story with his guitar). If you already know the studio version of Gregg Allman’s “Whipping Post,” forget about it, because this 23 minute version here is just too unbelievable for words, which is why I won’t even bother trying to explain it. And so this is not only the Allmans at their peak, but live rock ‘n roll at its peak. A must have for all rock ‘n roll blues fans.

Best of the Best

Live at Fillmore East is the best. On every level, the Brothers were scoring big. My wife Rebecca was one of the babysitters they hired when they wanted their kids watched but they wanted to party. All that partying really comes through here -- Deep introspective lyrical jams, but tight as any band could be. The Brothers hallmark isn't just the Southern blues jam thing, but the tightness of it. If you consider their lifestyle, you have to challange the criticism they and their ilk got for brother, the music they made was incredible and as together as any. You can hear this on all the tracks, but "Whipping Post" may be the classic track from the album. That statement isn't meant to denegrate any other track -- they are all fab!

WOWWWWWW!!!!!!!

How can six guys play such amazing music? Their ability to extend jams and know exactly what each member is doing is outstanding. I'll break down each song and rate it from 1 to 10. 1. Statesboro Blues (10/10)- Great cover of Blind William McTell's song. Allman's slide work is amazing. Favorite song on the album. 2. Done Somebody Wrong (9/10)- Good follow up song. Like the harmonica solo, forget who fills in on harmonica. 3. Stormy Monday (9/10)- An old T-Bone Walker song. Good blues song. Excellent change of pace from the first two songs. 4. You Don't Love Me (10/10)- Very underrated song. Cool guitar lick at the beginning, followed by the first of many long Allman/Betts solos. 5. Hot 'Lanta (8/10)- First of two instrumentals. Greg Allman's keyboard work shines on this song. 6. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (10/10)- Second of the instrumentals. In my opinion Duane's best guitar work is on this song. 7. Whipping Post (8/10)- Nearly everyones favorite song on the album. However, only my six favorite. Don't get me wrong I love the song just there are five on the album better. Once again another great extended guitar jam.

Biography

Formed: 1969 in Macon, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The story of the Allman Brothers Band is one of triumph, tragedy, redemption, dissolution, and more redemption. Since their beginning in the late '60s, they went from being America's single most influential band to a shell of their former self trading on past glories, to...
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