At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band is one of the most famous live albums ever released. It was recorded in March 1971 during concerts at the Fillmore in New York.
There is also an extended version called The Fillmore Concerts with the live songs from Eat A Peach or the At Fillmore East Deluxe Edition which has another song added.
Tragedy wasn’t very far away from The Allman Brothers Band. Guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971 in Macon, Georgia. On November 11, 1972, Bass player Berry Oakley died in another motorcycle accident only three blocks from where Duane Allman had his accident.
Live At Fillmore East has historical significance and whilst The Allman Brothers Band continued to record and tour, things could never be the same.
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East
Set List For The Standard Version Of At Fillmore East
- Statesboro Blues – 4:20 (by Blind Willie McTell)
- Done Somebody Wrong – 4:35 (recorded by Elmore James)
- Stormy Monday – 8:48 (T-Bone Walker)
- You Don’t Love Me / Soul Serenade – 19:19 (Willie Cobbs)
- Hot ‘Lanta – 5:21 (an Allman Brothers original that debuted on this album)
- In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed – 13:06 (on Idlewild)
- Whipping Post – 23:03 (on their first album, The Allman Brothers Band)
The extra tracks available on the Deluxe Edition are:
- Trouble No More – 3:43
- Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ – 3:27
- One Way Out – 4:56
- Midnight Rider – 2:55
- Mountain Jam – 33:41
- Drunken Hearted Boy – 6:54
I bought the shorter version but I’m thinking about going back to get the mp3 downloads for the shorter songs. I’m not so keen on Mountain Jam as I tend to lose interest during long instrumentals.
The band at this stage were:
- Gregg Allman – Vocals, organ, piano
- Duane Allman – lead guitar, slide guitar
- Dickey Betts – lead guitar
- Berry Oakley – bass guitar
- Jai Johanny Johanson – drums, congas, timbales
- Butch Trucks – drums, tympani
When I break the sound down into the component parts, I like it very much.
Gregg Allman has a great voice and his keyboards add colour and contrast to the guitars.
The guitar interplay between Duane Allman and Dickey Betts is superb and has justifiably made the album so famous.
The rhythm from the two drummers and the bassist drive the album along hard.
My problem is that I don’t find the complete picture adds up to its stellar reputation as one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. I enjoy the blues rock of the shorter songs. I get a bit bored in the longer instrumental passages.
I will be back more to try explain why I think it is overrated and give it marks in my rating system. It’s a very good album but I don’t think it’s in the top ten of best live albums ever released.
What Other People Say About The Allman Brothers Band Live At The Fillmore East
At The Fillmore East is one of the most highly praised live albums ever recorded and released.
It has appeared in and topped plenty of best live album lists. It just shows how little I know.
Slate Readers Poll 1
Classic Rock 11
Rolling Stone Top 25 live albums
Planet Rock 30
Vox included in their alphabetic list of best live albums
Reviewers at Amazon are crazy about this Allman Brothers band live recording.
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