Recorded at the Fillmore East concert hall, the storied rock venue in New York City, on Friday and Saturday March 12, 1971–March 13, 1971, the album showcased the band’s mixture of blues, southern rock, and jazz.
[it] remains the pinnacle of the Allmans and Southern rock at its most elastic, bluesy, and jazzy.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)
Statesboro Blues (+ Duane Allman tribute video)
I’m pretty sure this album will rank top15 on Hallgeir’s 30 best live album’s countdown..
At Fillmore East is a double live album by The Allman Brothers Band. The band’s breakthrough success, At Fillmore East was released in July 1971. It ranks Number 49 among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and remains among the top-selling albums in the band’s catalogue. The original album was released in both conventional two-channel stereo and four-channel quadraphonic mixes. This album has been certified as platinum by the RIAA as of August 25, 1992.
Recorded at the Fillmore East concert hall, the storied rock venue in New York City, on Friday and Saturday March 12, 1971–March 13, 1971, the album showcased the band’s mixture of blues, southern rock, and jazz. The cover of Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues” which opens the set showcases Duane Allman’s slide guitar work in open E Tuning. “Whipping Post” became the standard for a long, epic jam that never lost interest (opening in 11/4 time, unusual territory for a rock band), while the ethereal-to-furious “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, with its harmonized melody, Latin feel, and burning drive invited comparisons with John Coltrane (especially Duane’s solo-ending pull-offs, a direct nod to the jazz saxophonist).
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed:
..these shows — recorded in New York on March 12th and 13th, 1971 — remain the finest live rock performance ever committed to vinyl. .. At Fillmore East captures America’s best blues-rock band at its peak.
~Mark Kemp (rollingstone.com)
- “Statesboro Blues” (Will McTell) – 4:17
- “Done Somebody Wrong” (Clarence L. Lewis, Bobby Robinson, Elmore James) – 4:33
- “Stormy Monday” (T. Bone Walker) – 8:44
- “You Don’t Love Me” (Willie Cobbs) – 19:15 (“Joy to the World” medley in the ending portions)
- “Hot ‘Lanta” (Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, Jai Johanny Johanson) – 5:17
- “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” (Dickey Betts) – 13:04
- “Whipping Post” (Gregg Allman) – 23:03
- Duane Allman – lead guitar, slide guitar
- Gregg Allman – organ, piano, Vocals
- Dickey Betts – lead guitar
- Berry Oakley – bass guitar
- Jai Johanny Johanson – drums, congas, timbales
- Butch Trucks – drums, tympani
Other March 13:
- Jerome “Jerry” Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) were American songwriting and record producing partners. Stoller was the composer and Leiber the lyricist. Their most famous songs include “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Don’t”, “Kansas City”, “Stand By Me” (with Ben E. King), and “On Broadway” (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil).–
- Greg Norton (born Gregory James Norton, 13 March 1959 in Rock Island, Illinois) is an American musician, formerly of the band Hüsker Dü.
- Adam Charles Clayton (born 13 March 1960) is a musician, best known as the bassist of the Irish rock band U2.
- Bob Dylan plays his third concert at “Palàc Kultury” in Prague 1995. Good Concert most notable for a strange but wonderful version of “License To Kill”.
Bob Dylan – License To Kill – Prague, March 13 1995:
8 thoughts on “Today: The Allman Brothers played Fillmore East in 1971 – 42 years ago”
The reason Duane has his hands cover on the Fillmore cover is he just score some coke, thats why the rest of the band is laughing.Also the picture was not taken in NYC at the fillmore but in Macon Ga , just a little info the story goes if you look at the first picture of the cover they all look piss off. the photographer wanted them to smile and Duane was piss at him saw a dealer he knew left and came back after he scored the coke and with that the band cracked up with laughter
Thanks for the feedback, I was just wonderin’ where you got your story from?
its was from a book about the allman bros , i think its was call midnight riders the story of allman bros band by scott freemam
pg 93 too be exact great book check it out, also love your website ……………..had many other rock tibits for you when your in need
Great, good comments are always appreciated!
I was at the Saturday night show. Elvin Bishop opened, The Brothers were the “special guest” and Johnny Winter headlined. It was one of the most amazing live shows I ever attended, and I’ve seen many including the Stones in 1969 at MSG (Get Yer Ya-Yas Out), Bangladesh concert at MSG, Dylan 30th Anniversary at MSG and Tommy 20th Anniversary at Radio City to name a few. Unfortunately events like those are few and far between these days, if happening at all.
Thanks for the memories.
Thanks for your memories Phil!
Love hearing from people who have attended these classic gigs. Lucky Man!
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