The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (1971)

Artist Credit
The Allman Brothers Band Primary Artist
Duane Allman Composer, Guitar, Member of Attributed Artist, Slide Guitar
Gregg Allman Composer, Keyboards, Member of Attributed Artist, Organ, Piano, Vocals
Aaron Baron Audio Engineer, Engineer
Dickey Betts Composer, Guitar, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals
Willie Cobbs Composer
Larry Dahlstrom Audio Engineer, Engineer
Thom Doucette Harmonica
Tom Dowd Audio Production, Liner Notes, Producer
Dennis M. Drake Mastering
Elmore James Composer
Jai Johanny Johanson Composer, Congas, Drums, Member of Attributed Artist, Percussion, Timbales
Morris Levy Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Jim Marshall Photography
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Berry Oakley Bass, Composer, Guitar (Bass), Member of Attributed Artist
Butch Trucks Composer, Drums, Member of Attributed Artist, Percussion, Timpani
T-Bone Walker Composer

Whereas most great live rock albums are about energy, At Fillmore East is like a great live jazz session, where the pleasure comes from the musicians’ interaction and playing. The great thing about that is, the original album that brought the Allmans so much acclaim is as notable for its clever studio editing as it is for its performances. Producer Tom Dowd skillfully trimmed some of the performances down to relatively concise running time (edits later restored on the double-disc set The Fillmore Concerts), at times condensing several performances into one track. Far from being a sacrilege, this tactic helps present the Allmans in their best light, since even if the music isn’t necessarily concise (three tracks run over ten minutes, with two in the 20-minute range), it does showcase the group’s terrific instrumental interplay, letting each member (but particularly guitarist Duane and keyboardist/vocalist Gregg) shine. Even after the release of the unedited concerts, this original double album remains the pinnacle of the Allmans and Southern rock at its most elastic, bluesy, and jazzy.

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