Six Additional Live Tracks Added to Classic 1971 Double Live Album
One of the greatest double live albums of all time, The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East has been digitally remastered and expanded with bonus tracks, creating for the first time a complete concert experience. The two-CD The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition) (Mercury/UME), released September 9, 2003, adds six performances, all from the Fillmore East in 1971, to the album issued that same year.
The band’s first major hit album, the breakout release that transformed The Allman Brothers Band from a regional cult into nationwide superstars and ignited the fashion for double live albums, The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East peaked at just #13 on the charts yet quickly sold more than a million copies (“gold” in the pre-1976 era). Only the band’s third album, it was unique for a live excursion in that guitarist Duane Allman, singer/keyboardist Gregg Allman, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, and drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks had never recorded in the studio the majority of the songs they performed.
From the mobile studio parked outside the Fillmore, producer Tom Dowd recorded both the 8 p.m. shows and more open-ended 11:30 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday night (March 12/13), winding up with 20 reels of truly incendiary tape from which to carve the final album. The original release contained just seven songs: starting with the blues of Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues,” Elmore James’ “Done Somebody Wrong” and a near-nine-minute rendering of the T. Bone Walker chestnut “Stormy Monday” before an epic 20-minute “You Don’t Love Me” exploded into a triumphant “Hot ‘Lanta.” A 13-minute take on Dickey Betts’ “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” was followed by the 23-minute showstopper “Whipping Post.”
This Deluxe Edition rearranges the running order closer to the actual concert by inserting Muddy Waters’ “Trouble No More,” Gregg’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’” and “Midnight Rider,” and another Elmore James classic, “One Way Out,” throughout Disc One. Appended to Disc Two are the megalithic 30-minute “Mountain Jam,” which originally rose right out of “Whipping Post,” and the final encore of the final show, “Drunken Hearted Boy,” starring its author Elvin Bishop, one of the evening’s support acts.
Each has previously been released on other albums–Eat A Peach (1972), the two Duane Allman Anthology volumes (1972 and 1974) and the Dreams box set (1989)–but they have never before been brought together as one concert experience.
“Midnight Rider” and “One Way Out” were actually recorded at their next Fillmore gig, June 27, 1971. That night marked the last concert staged there, and the band’s presence on the bill cemented The Allman Brothers Band into the legend of the Fillmore as firmly as the Fillmore is cemented into the legend of The Allman Brothers Band.
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