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An Absolute Smoking 40 Year Celebration
on April 28, 2014
I got my copy by pre-order and just viewed it for the first time last night. It was recorded at The Beacon Theatre in New York on March 26, 2009, which was the exact 40 year anniversary to the day from when the band first played together. The Allman Brothers Band runs through their entire first two records in the same song order, adding Statesboro Blues as an encore. All other nights at The Beacon that year included guest artists, which would present an array of licensing and legal issues. Most likely this is the reason those shows have not seen an official DVD release. The Allmans performed by themselves on this evening with no guests.
To a long-time fan like myself, this is easily the hottest video documentation of The Allman Brothers Band to date. The songs are familiar of course to any fan, as the first two records contain at least half of the band's greatest songs. And the performances here are astounding. Improvisation comes long and hard, the band's stunning jazz/rock muscle in full view throughout. Revival is a version like you've never heard, they expand on it so ingeniously that the song is nearly unrecognizable until they break back into the chorus. Please Call Home is earthy and soulful, Gregg Allman singing like only Gregg Allman can.
If you're looking for a truly smoking and classic rock DVD..............look no further!