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Boston Common 8/17/71 (Live)

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In the history of rock music, certain bands and certain cities are forever linked. With the Beatles and the Rolling Stones it was London; for the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane it was San Francisco. With the Allman Brothers Band, Macon, Georgia usually comes to mind first, but there is another metropolis that the ABB has been associated with from the group s onset: Boston, Massachusetts. A visceral connection was made between band and city that has remained strong and vibrant to this very day.
Formed in Jacksonville, Florida in late March 1969, the Allman Brothers Band guitarists Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman on vocals and keyboards, Berry Oakley on bass, and drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks eventually would revolutionize the American music scene with their wicked and volatile blend of improvised rock, blues, country and jazz, and their live performances would soon become the stuff of legend. After re locating to Macon, the band played a handful of shows in Florida and Georgia before journeying up the coast for their first ever gig in the Northeast, which would be at a club called the Boston Tea Party, in May 1969.
1971 was a watershed year for the Allman Brothers Band they recorded their seminal live album, At Fillmore East, in March, and continued to tour relentlessly. By this point, their performances had reached a level of musicianship and intensity that other groups could only dream of. At Fillmore East was released in July to massive critical acclaim, and a month later, they rolled back into Boston to once again jam in the Common, playing two shows on August 17th.
Features original lineup (Duane, Gregg, Dickey, Butch, Jaimoe & Berry). Single-disc CD includes 80 minutes of classic Allman Brothers material.

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The fifth album issued by the Allman Brothers Band Recording Company returns to the Duane Allman-led outfit in a moment of triumph. The group's outdoor appearance in Boston occurred six weeks after the release of their breakthrough album, At Fillmore East, and ten weeks before Allman's death. The song selection doesn't just repeat the tunes from the Fillmore East disc, the band opting instead for a few songs not heard on it, 'Trouble No More'(from the 1969 debut album The Allman Brothers Band) and 'Don't Keep Me Wondering' and 'Hoochie Coochie Man' (from the 1970 second album Idlewild South), the last as usual boasting a raucous vocal by Oakley. The standout performance is 'You Don't Love Me'(introduced on At Fillmore East), which stretches to 26 minutes and includes some powerful and unusually driving guitar soloing by Allman. Annotator John Lynskey documents the warm appreciation accorded the southern Allmans in Boston throughout their career, a good example of their ability to transcend their regional base to become a nationally successful act. This is an album for the faithful, and it will not disappoint them. --Allmusic.com
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  • Audio CD (February 18, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Allman Brothers Band Recording Company
  • ASIN: B000QUYZ3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here's some info on how this cd compares to some of the others in this series of releases. This recording is better than the StonyBrook release and the American Univ release. Yes, there are some minor faults to the sound, but in all it is superior to the others mentioned. A big plus is the percussion was miked very well and sounds really good. Both guitars were on fire (as usual) and sound good although no major surprises here. If you liked the other releases mentioned, you will be happy with this one as well.
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To me, how can a concert of the original Allman lineup be anything but Great? They would play their songs a little different every night to enhance the "live" experience. I really enjoyed listening to this recording since there was only a three year period that we could hear the original band. It's one of the rare "jewels" that have been uncovered and put to CD.
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I picked this one up off the Allman Brothers web sight, I am very impressed with it. Great song selection, some hiss but not that bad. Another plus is it clocks in at almost eighty minutes, they also have Duane & Berry with them. Some great guitar from Dickey & Duane, and Gregg & Dickey deliver their classic vocals. This is the last so far of this series, all five sets are well worth purchasing. There is not a whole lot out there of the older stuff with Duane & Berry, so this is great stuff to have.
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Whenever it comes to old recordings released by classic bands, I always make it a point to read the one star reviews. I want to know, in advance, if I'm getting a shabby recording and usually there are some knowledgeable fans who will alert me as to whether this comes from a cheap cassette player in the audience, or the soundboard. The one star reviews here reveal nothing. There's no use comparing this, or any other record, to "Fillmore East". That record had everything going for it: top-notch production, white-hot performances and an enthusiastic audience. Even the photos are classic. So, I'm not expecting "Fillmore East" here, just a decent recording of a good performance, and that's exactly what I have, and I'm pleased. The sound could use a little more bottom end on it, and the playing is damned good, but not quite up to "Fillmore" standards. Great bands don't sound the same every night, and this recording reflects that. For the price, and with the knowledge of what is contained herein, I feel I got a hella deal. I'm more than satisfied.
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Maybe the best recorded performance by the ABB 1.0 line-up. The sound is OK, not top notch but not terrible either. The mastering did the best given the status of the original recordings. However, the band is so hot the recording sizzles.
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The set list is great. But I prefer to listen to Lundlow's Garage 1970 than Boston Common 1971. I think Boston Common lacks the energy of Lundlow's. The band sounds tired to me which could just be the recording or mixing. Nothing I have ever heard comes anything close to the Live at Fillmore record. But you already know that if you are a fan of the band.
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Opens with the band tuning to Duane's guitar, these guys just tuning up, especially Duane, sound better than most bands will ever sound! Very live, very good, love to hear Duane talk between tracks, fussing about the monitors, talking to the crowd, if you love the early Allmans like I do, you will love this! Don't worry about the sound quality, just be glad there is a tape of this!
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Great to hear a recording of the original Allman Brothers Band. Even though we've heard these songs before these recordings offer different takes on them. This document sounds fresh to my ears after 40 years. A must for ABB fans. A must for fans of unvarnished blues/rock.
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