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Scott N Amber ,

Best of this series....

Of this series from the live archives, I have to say I find this one the most interesting. As stated in the album review above... this was a mere 4 months after losing Duane. By this point they had already played a string of twenty-something shows. The loss still achingly fresh, the newly forged direction still fresh, and performing in their adopted hometown (and minutes away from where Duane died). It's quite a dramatic summing of everything they were, and had been through. And you can sense it in this performance. Every single musician, regardless of the instrument, seems to channel in a Duane nugget somehow here and there. There is a sadness of not being able to let go, and a soaring new confidence building all at the same time. The sense of family and harmony is still alive and well here, although it didn't last much longer. In most Allman Bros. reviews people tend to go about Duane only, or the merits of the various line-ups. But here, none of that matters. These are the 5 guys that played with, and created all that magic with Duane, carrying on in his absence. This era of the Allman Bros. has become just a small glossed-over footnote in the overall story. But I think it's one of the most interesting. I think we are very lucky to have this particular recording. It was technically very well done, and sounds great. If you were to list Allman Bros recordings, in order of importance.... Obviously Live At The Fillmore tops the list. And to me this live recording should be 2nd on the list. That may seem a stretch for some people, but I don't know of another recording as historically important. There are obviously many great recordings by this band, but I can't think of one that has more emotional gravity than this one. Live at The Fillmore was some before Duane died, and this gig was some motnths after he died. They are like book-ends to each other, with so much heaviness in between. And in this performance you can hear that heaviness beginning to lift.

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