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The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East 3/71 [Live]

Allman Brothers BandAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 1997)
  • Requires DTS Decoder edition
  • Original Release Date: 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Digital Sound
  • ASIN: B000007R13
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Statesboro Blues
2. Done Somebody Wrong
3. Stormy Monday
4. Hot 'Lanta
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
6. You Don't Love Me
7. Whipping Post

Editorial Reviews


There has never been a better showcase for improvisational rock than this 1971 concert recording, and few (if any) live rock albums are in its rank. With only two studio albums (and plenty of touring) under their belt, the Georgia sextet tore into the Fillmore East with road-tested buoyancy. Titanic guitarist Duane Allman was at the peak of his powers, pushing his foil, Dickey Betts, to unsurpassed peaks. Vocalist-keyboardist Gregg Allman would have been a star in any other setting; here he's merely one more component in a brilliant ensemble. Duane Allman died shortly after At Fillmore East shipped, and the Brothers haven't scaled such heights since. But, then, neither has anyone else. --Steven Stolder

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289 of 299 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Notes on how this differs from other versions September 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
You've probably noticed that there are at least two other versions of the ABB March 1971 gigs at the Fillmore East. So how is this one different? First, be aware that there are NO previously unreleased tracks (including the fact that there are no alternate versions, taken from different shows).
This version contains the entire original AT FILLMORE EAST album from July 1971 (still available in a one-disc edition). Specifically, I mean these are the EXACT same performances (and mix, I believe) featured on the original. Of course, this new set adds the extra Fillmore material that was later released on EAT A PEACH, DUANE ALLMAN AN ANTHOLOGY 1 & 2, and the DREAMS box set. Again, these are all the exact same versions of these songs.
At first glance, the new "Deluxe Edition" looks similar to 1992's THE FILLMORE CONCERTS, with the notable addition of "Midnight Rider," taken from ANTHOLOGY 2. However, THE FILLMORE CONCERTS contains several alternate versions of songs, and is completely remixed (controversial among fans, but provides an interesting comparison). These alternate versions are not available elsewhere, though this may be an issue only for fanatics like myself. THE FILLMORE CONCERTS also had the benefit of original producer Tom Dowd, who recently died.
I have a few problems with the new "Deluxe Edition." First, the edits are shoddy. In some places, attempts are made to mix the songs together without the fade-outs between songs. In other places, the fade-outs are intact. I can't figure out this inconsistency. It seems like laziness to me, as if they just crammed together the existing mixes of the songs. Additionally, Dave Thompson's essay doesn't offer any new information, and seems rather short and lightweight.
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187 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best musicianship in rock history May 4, 2002
By Jinkyu
Format:Audio CD
The Allman Brothers were master musicians, everyone well agrees. They wrote good enough songs, but their studio albums are for the most part quite good but not spectacular. There are a few occasions when they open up instrumentally, like in "Mountain Jam," and within limits on some shorter songs, but basic song structures are more the thing. However, there was that time at Fillmore East...
The songs on this CD, only seven, were originally in an album released as a double LP. Two of the tracks were long enough to each take up an entire LP side. Gregg Allman on keyboards, Dickie Betts on guitar, Berry Oakley on bass, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Jai Johanny on percussion, do they ever jam and solo. And a man named Duane Allman, on guitar. I sometimes wonder if you sat down 1,000 people who had never heard this CD, played it for them, and asked them afterward whether they think Duane was a mere mortal, would any vote yes? Actually, my case is more rudimentary. I need only listen to "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed." I hold my breath when Gregg's shimmering organ following "Hot 'Lanta" introduces this incredible performance by Duane and the rest. When I mention my favorite Allman Brothers "song," I speak in terms of studio, saying "Jessica"--it is a wonderful instrumental, with good soloing, but within a basic structure. But this live version of "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" is a step beyond, into free-flowing improvisation that confounds one's sense of the limitations of what can be achieved in music. Can anything be described as less limited in comparison to this display of sheer instrumental genius?
This brilliant live album has had its praises sung for it over and over, but great albums can still be uneven, at least to a certain extent.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic with controversial remixes December 18, 2004
By Patto53
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I cut my teeth on jamming listening to Cream. So the Allmans' Live was not a revelation just a stunning album and purchased on release in Australia. I know it all by heart -just burnt into the synapses.

In 1992 Tom Dowd did a full concert remix and remaster as "The Fillmore Concerts". This is where the controversy starts cause it sounds different and so it should - Tom transferred the original 16 track master tapes to digital and remixed. Taking advantage of the wider dynamic and frequency range, he produced a mix with the bass guitar stronger and drums clearer and more dynamic. Unfortunately the guitar freaks found the relatively lower level guitar sound unacceptable but the bass freaks loved Berry's sound (more bottom end).

Now we have the SACD stereo, multi-channnel and Audio Stereo remaster release of the original 2 record set accurately split over 2 cds. It should fit on one but there is marketing to us baby boomers. But I gotta say they did perform split sets so it does reasonably capture the night.

And more controversy - the stereo CD layer is a remix closer to the original LP release. Drums are further back but the bass guitar bottom end is retained. The tracks are identical to the original release but not on the SACD layer with the Fillmore Concert's "Stormy Monday" used, which is the unedited version including the harmonica break, and a different edit to end "Whipping Post". On the SACD layer the tympany start to "Mountain Jam" is rapidly faded out and applause overdubbed which is annoying if you want the sonic continuity when following up with the jam from the "Eat A Peach" SACD.

Sound of both layers is excellent with SACD preferred because you can adjust the bottom end via the sub control.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic rock and roll at its kick-ass...did I say kick ass........
timeless R&R...for those who don:t know of the legendary Duane Allman you are in for a treat....Dicky Betts ain:t bad either.... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Frank Hulett
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
This is a Must have for all Allman Brothers fans. A timeless classic, with the long version of whipping post.
Published 15 days ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars richard
This is allman brothers at there best this is a great live album to have and enjoy that southern rock n roll
Published 29 days ago by richard
3.0 out of 5 stars half a loaf
this is a one disc partial version of an original 2 disc concert CD, many missing songs. Don't buy any concert 2 disc set unless no. of discs stated in ad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by consumerist
5.0 out of 5 stars long-time favorite
Just a classic collection that I always enjoyed when I was young and stupid, and now I can enjoy it again while I'm old and stupid. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neil C Heywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Does it get better than this?
Duane Allman might be the best guitar player America ever had, and one of the best bands ever. Live, they were just scary. Sometimes I feel....sometimes I feel... Read more
Published 1 month ago by music man
5.0 out of 5 stars Allman Bros cd
The sound is amazing and the songs are really great. I love listening to this while I'm driving on the freeway.
Published 1 month ago by Lynne R. Brannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome release
My college years were spent listening to this on a worn out turntable with a penny taped to the top of the needle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SM
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues-rock As Good As It Gets
The deluxe version is all the Allman Bros. you ever need, and THE blues-rock album to take to a desert island.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Steele
4.0 out of 5 stars Allman Bros.
The best of the best by the Allman Bros. Duane was one of the best slide and blues guitarist ever.
Published 2 months ago by L. Oates
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