Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Preview: The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings - Allman Brothers Band (6-CDs)

Artist: Allman Brothers Band
Title: The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Label: Mercury / UMe
Format(s): 6-CDs, DD

The new and very welcome trend of releasing full runs of classic concert stands will be joined by the Allman Brothers Band on July 29 with their The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings.

The six-CD set expands the classic At Fillmore East set to include all of the shows from their March 12 and 13, 1971 run along with the June 27 show for the Fillmore's final weekend.

Produced by Bill Levenson, who compiled the definitive Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (Rounder, 2013), The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings captures one of the most inspired improvisational rock units ever at the peak of their prodigious powers, blazing their way through extended instrumental elaborations, so taut and virtuosic, that the crowds that packed the Fillmore East on those memorable nights were utterly transfixed.

In his detailed notes for the set, Allmanologist John Lynskey writes: “From its inception in March 1969, the Allman Brothers Band rapidly established a near-mythical reputation through its incendiary, marathon concerts. No other group could touch the Allman Brothers when it came to extended, improvised jamming; they truly were in a league and dimension of their own. Duane Allman was joined by his brother Gregg on keyboards and vocals, the dual drumming combo of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, bassist extraordinaire Berry Oakley, and Dickey Betts, Duane’s foil on guitar. Together, these individually talented artists blended into a unit whose sum exceeded the total of its impressive singular parts. The group toured relentlessly—they spent 300 days on the road in 1970 - honing their sound and building a loyal fan base, one show at a time. An Allman Brothers’ concert could not be explained, it could only be experienced, and by word of mouth, the group became known as ‘the people’s band’ for their no-frills approach to live music.”

Butch Trucks recalls "That weekend in March of ‘71 when we recorded At Fillmore East, most of the time it clicked. We were finally starting to catch up with what we were listening to. We had lived together…we got in trouble together; we all just moved as a unit. And then, when we got onstage to play, that’s what it was all about—and it just happened to all come together that weekend."

Track List:

Disc 1 (March 12, 1971 – First Show)

  • Statesboro Blues
  • Trouble No More
  • Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
  • Done Somebody Wrong
  • In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
  • You Don’t Love Me
Disc 2 (March 12, 1971 – Second Show)
  • Statesboro Blues
  • Trouble No More
  • Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
  • Done Somebody Wrong
  • In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
  • You Don’t Love Me
  • Whipping Post 
  • Hot ‘Lanta
Disc 3 (March 13, 1971 – First Show)
  • Statesboro Blues
  • Trouble No More
  • Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
  • Done Somebody Wrong
  • In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
  • You Don’t Love Me
  • Whipping Post
Disc 4 (March 13, 1971 – Second Show – Part 1)
  • Statesboro Blues
  • One Way Out
  • Stormy Monday
  • Hot ‘Lanta
  • Whipping Post
Disc 5 (March 13, 1971 – Second Show – Part 2)
  • Mountain Jam
  • Drunken Hearted Boy (with Elvin Bishop)
Disc 6 (June 27, 1971 – Fillmore East Closing Show)
  • Introduction by Bill Graham
  • Statesboro Blues
  • Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
  • Done Somebody Wrong
  • One Way Out
  • In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
  • Midnight Rider
  • Hot 'Lanta
  • Whipping Post
  • You Don't Love Me

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