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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
As an absolute lover of Electric Blues… and within that rarefied category… an avid fan of the Allman Brothers… the only hesitation I had before I ordered this CD… was the fear of getting a product that did not stand up to today’s sound quality. I’m not talking about the talent of the Allman Brothers… that is unquestioned… I’m referring to some of these old remake-reissues… that sound like they were recorded with a rusty nail… through a wool army blanket! I’m very happy to report that the sound quality is excellent. This is a can’t miss… must buy for all Allman Brothers fans… for the lovers of Electric Blues… for lovers of Southern Blues Rock… and lovers of good old Rock And Roll. This double CD provides over sixty minutes of cookin’ music on one CD… and over seventy-five minutes on the second CD.

The instrumentation… and the voices… are purely at the top of their game. There is a multi-page foldout liner note piece… that is pretty interesting as these type of things go. If you read it before playing… I believe it will add to the feeling of “time-and-place”.

In summation… this is “LIVE” music… played the way it was meant to be… by one of the greatest live groups in the last 50 years… you will be sorry if you wait before ordering!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2014
Just when I think I have all the live ABB recordings I need, something like "Play All Night" shows up. You have to ask why it's taken 22 years for this to see the light of day, but be that as it may, this is an essential ABB release. Dickey Betts is here and he's in top form. Warren Haynes is a more than worthy counterpart. Gregg sounds fresh and rejuvenated. We'll never hear this lineup again ( Allen Woody is dead, Betts has burned his bridges, and Haynes is leaving next year ) so this is must-hear ABB for those who love the Betts/Haynes combination, and I do. No, it isn't "Fillmore East" but it doesn't need to be. It stands just fine on it's own and you'll find yourself wanting repeated listenings to " Play All Night ". The ABB, with the departure of Haynes and Derek Trucks, will probably retire, so get this one while you can. You won't regret it !
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
For the hundreds of Allman Brothers fans who claim to have shouted out those infamous words "play all night" and to the thousands who will tell you they were there when that seminal live album was recorded, I too have been waiting decades for a live Allman Brothers album to rival Live At Fillmore East. Well I'm thrilled to say it's finally here. Now that's not to say that "Wipe The Windows".., "Peakin' At The Beacon", "An evening With"... were mediocre offerings. They all have their moments, but none really give you that, wow, wish I were there, did they ever smoke the roof off that place, best they've sounded in years, kinda' feeling. And what really makes these recordings so special is hearing sweet ole' Dickey Betts nailing Blue Sky, Revival, Elizabeth Reed and Jessica. Sure Derek Trucks is an incredible talent. As a guitarist, I'd go so far as to say that technically he's better than Dickey. But how in the world can you replace an original founding member of this great band. Listen to all that he brings to the party. His swagger, his take no prisoners attitude, his southern pride all come across in his playing and his singing and most of all in his songwriting. Derek Trucks recently announced that he's leaving The Allman Brothers to pursue his own thing full time with wife Susan Tedeschi. Now don't you think it's about time that Gregg and Dickey buried the hatchet and made amends? They owe it to their fans who've been waiting all these years to bring back the intensity and the fire that is so evident on Play All Night...It truly takes me back to the day...I LOVE IT!!!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
...to a filthier, cheaper time in New York City. David Dinkins was Mayor, and his "Safe Streets" program (with its thousands of rookie cops) was beginning to take hold...subways covered with graffiti, streets overflowing with garbage. The Beacon was not yet owned by MSG, but was in artful decline, like the Upper West Side neighborhood it resides in. The Allman Brothers Band made annual trips to the Beacon that morphed into "residencies", selling out a couple of weeks of shows in a row and giving the roadies a break. Bands love the Beacon for its heritage, acoustics, great backstage vibe and for the audiences who come to the shows. This collection will take you back, with a set list from the prime Beacon Theatre days. Butch and the boys sound in very good form. I'm not going to over-analyze it...it's music for lovers...of long Allman Brothers jams, slick guitar work and tight percussion. This two-disc set is the perfect edition for the rookie or veteran fan, especially in light of the announcement that the 2014 residency at the Beacon marks the last rodeo for the ABB.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
The band is hot and the sound quality is excellent. This is a great CD and I highly recommend it. It's the band at its peak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2014
A little insight here ..... I take my music very seriously, been an aficionado for 40 years now. I know when I here good music being played, no matter what genre it is. Everyone has their favorite decade/genre, but when you are reviewing music, you don't nessecarily have to like it, but it should be reviewed on its merits, not personal preference. 5 star ratings are handed out on here like candy. 5 stars are for masterpieces, music that belongs in any righteous music collection. The rating system is so plagiarized, it makes it difficult to decipher the actual quality of the music you'd like to learn more about. And with that being said......
This is a masterpiece of live music ! To truly rate music, it should be listened to repeatedly, give it a chance to soak in. I've been listening to this for a couple of months now and as the critics would say, "The Brothers are firin' on all cylinders here". That's no lie. Dickie Betts really gets his due on here, playing like a mad man at times. Good stuff. The big, full, rich sound of the Allman Brothers live, the big chugging rhythm section, precise twin guitar attack and Greg's growlin' blues vocals are on full display here. Others will do a good job on here, giving a detailed analysis of this album, so I'll just close by saying ...... This is a very close second to At Fillmore East and the sound quality is excellent.

I have seen the Allman Brothers 4 times in recent years, and they sound a lot better here than any of those shows.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
I wish I were able to give this album 3 and 1/2 stars but I will err on the side of four.

This incarnation of the Allman Brothers is not only the one that sounds the most like the the original lineup, they were also good enough to develop their own unique voices thereby keeping with the original sound while also keeping it fresh and moving forward. This is not a rigid nostalgia act. Some of the best songs on this album are the new ones - they are new songs and a new sound yet would have fit right in on the Allmans first album. Track 5, Nobody Knows, is an excellent example.

Other highlights are Hoochie Coochie Man (To this day, one of the best showcases of just how talented a singer Warren Haynes is), The accoustic songs (Seven Turns, Midnight Rider, Come On In My Kitchen) Jessica (Dickey Bett's solo and the unstoppable rhythm section behind him) Nobody Knows (Everything about it) Marc Quinones's bongos (every song), Revival. The whole album is great really.

The recording is major-label-live album quality and not a bootleg. This is important, because there are many live bootleg recordings out there from this band which may make many hesitate to buy this but even the best soundboard doesn't hold a candle to this quality.

The only two deficiencies with this album is that the shows represented here were not peak form but there are still solid. It's not like the Grateful Dead where "not their best night" means "unlistenable." Here it just means "Good. A little sloppy at times, but good." And to be clear, there are plenty of moments on this disc that are Very good.

The only other thing that is a little off is Warren Haynse's guitar is a little more noticeable than any of the other instruments. Just a hair. This to me is interesting as Warren produced and mixed this album and on the First Set album which was also taken from these shows from this tour, his guitar was just a hair less prominent then Dickey Bett's guitar. Having said that, this is a phenomenal recording and mix.

Bottom line: a good buy and thoroughly enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2014
Great performance, incredible jams.
As good as it gets and great sound as well, play it loud on a good hi end system, you will love it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
Yowsa! This is what First Set should have been. Now if they could get to work on a similar set from the 1994 shows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2014
This is the first Allman album I bought in 15 years, based on some of the reviews on here. On a Sunday night I poured myself a dram of fine Scotch, put on the headphones and sat and listened to both CDs in one great session. It truly brought back the awe I felt over the original Fillmore sessions. The band is spirited, tight and in top form! The slide playing is just off the hook! Definitely my favorite recording in the spirit of the original Allman Bros.
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