The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings

The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings

by The Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band


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Generally considered the career breakthrough, and some would even say pinnacle, of the Allman Brothers' career, the 1971 concert album At Fillmore East was a huge success for the band. A landmark of classic rock, At Fillmore East, recorded over several nights in March 1971, captured the live intensity and almost psychic group interplay between the bandmembers, largely centered on the guitar tête-à-tête of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. Also integral to the Georgia band's sound were the bluesy, soul-inflected vocals and organ playing of Gregg Allman, on whose shoulders much of the band's future would rest after the tragic death of his brother Duane in a motorcycle accident in October 1971, a mere four days after At Fillmore East was certified gold. However, despite the group's undeniably innovative mix of rock, country, blues, and jazz, it was producer Tom Dowd who helped craft the live sessions into a remarkably kinetic and timely album. Dowd, who had previously helmed the group's second album, 1970's Idlewild South, skillfully edited the group's various performances together, maximizing the best bits and, as in the case of "You Don't Love Me," combined the first section with the last section to form a concise, masterful take. The 2014 six-disc box set The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings brings together all of the unedited recordings the Allman Brothers made during their two-night, four-show stand at the Fillmore East. That means longtime fans get four versions of the band's set opener, "Statesboro Blues," as well as other cuts the group repeated each set. Thankfully, the Allman Brothers rarely played a song the same way twice, and every track here holds something surprising and unexpected to discover. Also included is the group's June 1971 show closing out the Fillmore East for owner Bill Graham, who had decided to shut the venue down. Combine all of the music here, much previously unreleased, with John Lynskey's heartfelt and informative liner notes detailing all of the concert drama, both on stage and off, and The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings ends up working as both a completist anthology and a joyful rock tribute.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2014
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602537736935
catalogNumber: 002017002
Rank: 39739

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allman Brothers Band   Primary Artist
Gregg Allman   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Dickey Betts   Guitar,Group Member
Elvin Bishop   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Stephen Miller   Piano,Guest Appearance
Duane Allman   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Rudolph Carter   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Thom Doucette   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Jaimoe   Conga,Drums,Timbales,Group Member
Berry Oakley   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Butch Trucks   Drums,Timpani,Group Member
Bobby Caldwell   Percussion,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Willie Cobbs   Composer
Blind Willie McTell   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Allman Brothers Band   Arranger
Dickey Betts   Composer
Elvin Bishop   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Duane Allman   Composer
Aaron Baron   Engineer
Larry Dahlstrom   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Berry Oakley   Composer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Butch Trucks   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Donovan Leitch   Composer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Research
John Lynskey   Essay
Jim Marshall   Graphic Conception
Jai Johanny Johanson   Composer
Clarence L. Lewis   Composer
Forrest Lockwood   Legal Counsel

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