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At Fillmore East: The 1971 Fillmore Recordings

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Nothing warms the heart cockles of a late-Baby Boomer more than a discussion of music, specifically that of his or her childhood. Baby Boomers are a boisterous and opinionated bunch regarding their music, fully justified in believing that the period between mid-1950s and mid-1970s was, in the words of VH1 Executive Director Bill Flanagan, a “Golden Age" in American Music. Restrict that conversation to the best live rock recordings and the dialog shifts to a high simmer, under pressure, threatening rebellion or all-out apocalypse at any moment as I was to learn with my graded publication of “The Best Live ...

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The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon Theatre 2014

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The Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre New York, NY March 21 & 22, 2014 Originally scheduled to be the final two shows of The Allman Brothers Band's 2014 Beacon Theatre run, those dates were subsequently superseded with the announcement of additional performances. However, the distinction returned to the Friday and Saturday shows when Gregg Allman's illness caused the rescheduling of the final four appearances. The founding member and vocalist/songwriter's absence from 3/21 and 3/22 would seem to be quite a liability in itself, yet the remaining member of the group, with some more than able ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Great Woods 1991

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The Allman Brothers Band Live at Great Woods 1991 Legacy 2014 When The Allman Brothers Band regrouped in 1989, there were no long- term plans after the roadwork in support of the box set Dreams (Polydor, 1989). Accordingly, when the response to those concerts led to further work, including the signing to Sony/Epic Records, the support the band received, at least at first, was in keeping with the Brothers' growing (re)commitment to themselves and their loyal fanbase. Thus, a concert video filmed at one of ABB's bastions of popularity, the Great Woods ...

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band Alan Paul 436 Pages ISBN: #978-1-250-04049-7 St. Martin's Press 2014 Apparently the calling to go out and capture the American spirit on canvas came to Norman Rockwell at an early age. Picking up the mantel, and paintbrush, he documented boys at play, secretaries at work, housewives baking pies and other scenes brilliantly depicting various aspects of Americana. What he neglected to chronicle however, either intentionally or not, is what has come to be one of the great American settings and a ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: Play All Night

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Much as the current Allman Brothers lineup had coalesced in 2003, the ensemble that came together in 1989 for the twentieth anniversary box set Dreams (Polydor, 1989) tour had tightened considerably (minus keyboardist /vocalist Johnny Neel) by the time they decided to engage in their first extended run at New York's Beacon Theatre and record themselves for a live album. Play All Night: Live At the Beacon Theatre consists of performances captured on March 10 & 11 in 1992 and over the course of its two discs, effectively supplants the concert pieces of that era captured on An Evening With ...

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band Alan Paul 464 pages ISBN: 1250040493 St. Martin's Press 2014 Right on the heels of Ben Fong-Torres' Willin': The Story of Little Feat (Da Capo Press, 2013) comes Guitar Player magazine writer and Allman Brothers Band historian Alan Paul's One Way Out: The Inside History Of The Allman Brothers Band. These books are evidence of the late Baby-Boomers' continued interest in and reverence for the music they grew up with. Part nostalgia, part history lesson, these books will continue to have ...

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Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of The Allman Brothers Band

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Song of the South: Duane Allman and The Rise of The Allman Brothers Band Chrome Dreams 2013 Song of the South: Duane Allman and The Rise of The Allman Brothers Band emphasizes the cultural impact of this iconic group and its late lamented leader. Even more so than the biography of the guitarist, Skydog, or the unauthorized story of the group, Midnight Riders (the respective authors of which, Randy Poe and Scott Freeman, appear extensively during the course of the two-hour DVD), this video balances the groundbreaking influence of ABB as role models for a new ...

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The Allman Brothers Band at Nassau Coliseum

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With a new independent licensing agreement now in place, and the 40th anniversary package(s) of Brothers and Sisters (Capricorn, 1973) giving that title its proper due, the Allman Brothers Band may be fundamentally rethinking its approach to its recorded archive. With revelatory recordings of the original lineup limited due in large measure to a relatively finite repertoire, comparably essential titles within the iconic Southern band's legacy deserve due attention, in particular Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY 5-1-73. Dickey Betts had assumed a more prominent role within the Allman Brothers Band upon the death of founder and co-guitarist Duane Allman, ...

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Allman Brothers Band: Macon City Auditorium, Macon GA 2/11/72

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The Allman Brothers Band's new independent licensing agreement restores to the marketplace its most recent studio work including Hittin' the Note (Sanctuary, 2003) and the live One Way Out, Sanctuary (Sanctuary, 2004), as well as all previously released archival recordings. Among the latter reissued titles is Macon City Auditorium, Macon GA 2/11/72, one of the very few appearances the group did as a five-piece unit following the death of founding member Duane Allman the previous autumn. Although not remastered or otherwise modified in its packaging, the two-CD set deserves more than a little fanfare: it is an indispensable ...

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Allman Brothers Band: A&R Studios New York 26th August 1971

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The swagger that distinguished the original lineup of The Allman Brothers Band is on full display here in “Don't Keep Me Wondering," but a comparable confidence permeates this entire performance captured roughly two months before the untimely death of founding member guitarist Duane Allman. Recorded August 26th 1971 at New York's A&R Studios (and broadcast live on WPLJ-FM radio), the sextet is clearly sensing the realization their hard work was beginning to come to fruition with the burgeoning success of At Fillmore East (Atlantic, 1971) released the previous month. Comprised of a setlist not all that different than ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: At Fillmore East

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Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East Polydor 1970The Blues is atomic music in the respect that as a part of American Popular Music it is an indivisible element, one that cannot be deconstructed. The Blues is a part of every genre of popular music: Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, and Rap. How did the blues insinuate itself into every popular form of American Music? By being pulled through and interpreted by the experiential filter of those musicians talented enough to understand and perform it. After the birth of the blues in the ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: New York, NY, March 24th, 2012

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The Allman Brothers BandBeacon TheatreNew York, New YorkMarch 24th, 2012 On this next-to-last night of their 2012 run at The Beacon Theatre, as they have done so often in the past during their 40-year plus history, The Allman Brothers Band proved themselves redoubtable. They not only continued to push themselves out of their comfort zone musically, they responded to the unexpected absence of figurehead Gregg Allman with absolute aplomb. The namesake of the band had acquitted himself admirably until that point in the second set when he left the stage following a bluesy ...

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The Allman Brothers Band: Boston MA , December 3, 2011

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The Allman Brothers BandOrpheum TheatreBoston, MADecember 3, 2011 The Allman Brothers never disappoint. At the least, they are the epitome of professionalism in concert, and when they are inspired, as they sounded this fourth night at the Beantown venue, they (deeply) stir their audience and add to their own legacy, as well as that of contemporary blues. In fact, it was on a straight blues number, Elmore James' “The Sky Is Cryin,'" that The Brothers 2011 broke free into that rarified realm reached by the original lineup that set the standards for ...

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Allman Brothers Band: The Beacon Theater, New York, March 2011

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The Allman Brothers Band The Beacon Theater, New York, March 2011Munckmix2011 The past number of years Phish and Gov't Mule have both made it a point to perform classic rock albums in their entirety during their respective Halloween concerts. Last year saw Phish covering Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus (Warner Bros., 1978) and Gov't Mule covering The Who's Who's Next (Polydor, 1971). From the perspective of nostalgic late-baby-boomers, these are nice tributes by younger bands to older bands that provide at least a whiff of youth when such music was new. ...



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