Allman Brothers ‘The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings’ expanded

One of the best live albums of all time is about to get considerably better as The Allman Brothers Band’s cornerstone LP, At Fillmore East, compiled from the four sets recorded on the weekend of March 12-13, 1971, is getting the expanded deluxe treatment on multiple formats July 29th via Universal Music Enterprises.

The complete four concert set, also featuring the June 27th historic performance during the iconic venue’s final weekend, will be available separately on six CDs and three Blu-ray Audio discs featuring 37 tracks with fifteen having been previously unreleased, while a four vinyl set provides a 14 track collection of highlights from the event. The Blu-ray Audio comes in 5.1 surround sound, allowing the listener to hear each individual musician with immense precision and depth like never before. Each set also comes with a 36 page booklet with extended liner notes and never-before-seen images of the Fillmore concerts, compiled by Allman historian John Lynskey.

Produced by Bill Levenson, who compiled the definitive Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (Rounder, 2013), The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings captures the most inspired improvisational rock unit 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. When it came to live performance, no other band could touch the Allmans.

As Lynskey notes in the set, the Allman Brothers Band’s magic has always existed primarily on the concert stage, but on the weekend of March 12-13, 1971, when they rolled into Manhattan to play four shows at the iconic East Village venue, they raised the bar higher than ever. “That weekend in March of ‘71 when we recorded At Fillmore East, most of the time it clicked,” drummer Butch Trucks recalls. “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.”

The four shows were recorded by veteran Atlantic Records engineer/producer Tom Dowd, who’d not only produced the Allmans’ second album, Idlewild South, but also the sessions for Derek & the Dominos project, putting Duane Allman together with Eric Clapton for some mind-blowing extended guitar duels. That album, Layla, dramatically backed up those who’d been calling the upstart Allman Brothers Band the most exciting live act on the planet, and its little-known 24-year-old leader a fiery six-string virtuoso to rival Clapton, Beck and Page. Dowd and Atlantic, consequently, wanted to put out a live album to capture a skilled and adventurous band in full flight, the two guitars circling each other like a pair of falcons, stretching their material into thrilling and electrifying shapes. No matter that the Allmans had yet to tackle most of their live material in the studio—this band wasn’t about the studio.

“If we could just get people to come out and see us,” Duane Allman told interviewer Bud Scoppa on the afternoon of Friday, March 12, before their first pair of headlining sets, “I know they’d like what they heard.”

6 CD | 3 BD | 4 LP

CD 1:

March 12, 1971 – First Show
1. Statesboro Blues 4.08 (previously unreleased)
2. Trouble No More 3.48 (previously unreleased)
3. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.19 (previously unreleased)
4. Done Somebody Wrong 4.01 (previously unreleased)
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 17.05 (previously unreleased)
6. You Don’t Love Me 16.55 (previously unreleased)

CD 2:

March 12, 1971 – Second Show
1. Statesboro Blues 4.12 (previously unreleased)
2. Trouble No More 3.50
3. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.28 (previously unreleased)
4. Done Somebody Wrong 4:30
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 19.50 (previously unreleased)
6. You Don’t Love Me 19.10
7. Whipping Post 20.00 (previously unreleased)
8. Hot ‘Lanta 5.09

CD 3:

March 13, 1971 – First Show
1. Statesboro Blues 4.20
2. Trouble No More 3.48
3. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.47
4. Done Somebody Wrong 3.55 (previously unreleased)
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 13.00
6. You Don’t Love Me 19.10
7. Whipping Post 17.15 (previously unreleased)

CD 4:

March 13, 1971 – Second Show – Part 1
1. Statesboro Blues 4.19 (previously unreleased)
2. One Way Out 4.30 (previously unreleased)
3. Stormy Monday 10.14
4. Hot ‘Lanta 5.00
5. Whipping Post 22.00

CD 5:

March 13, 1971 – Second Show – Part 2
1. Mountain Jam 33.00
2. Drunken Hearted Boy (with Elvin Bishop) 7.30

CD 6:

June 27, 1971 – Fillmore East Closing Show
Introduction by Bill Graham (previously unreleased)
1. Statesboro Blues 5.52
2. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.34
3. Done Somebody Wrong 3.37
4. One Way Out 5.01
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 12.44
6. Midnight Rider 3.01
7. Hot Lanta 5.41
8. Whipping Post 19.17
9. You Don’t Love Me 17.56

In other Allman Brothers Band news, the band recently announced a residency at the famed Beacon Theater on October 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 27th, and 28th on top of their already announced tour dates.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.