At Fillmore East [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Dave Lynch
The classic version of the Allman Brothers Band graced the planet for a period that was all too brief -- from 1969 through October 1971 -- but in the decades since there have been seemingly endless packagings and repackagings of the group's relatively slim recorded output. The group did their best work in a live setting, and the live pinnacle of the ABB's career was thankfully captured by producer Tom Dowd in the justifiably lauded At Fillmore East double-record set released on Capricorn Records in the summer of 1971. Of course, no one knew when At Fillmore East was released that guitarist Duane Allman would be killed in an October motorcycle accident, mere months after the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Lynch
The classic version of the Allman Brothers Band graced the planet for a period that was all too brief -- from 1969 through October 1971 -- but in the decades since there have been seemingly endless packagings and repackagings of the group's relatively slim recorded output. The group did their best work in a live setting, and the live pinnacle of the ABB's career was thankfully captured by producer Tom Dowd in the justifiably lauded At Fillmore East double-record set released on Capricorn Records in the summer of 1971. Of course, no one knew when At Fillmore East was released that guitarist Duane Allman would be killed in an October motorcycle accident, mere months after the album hit the shelves. His death remains one of the great "what if"s of rock history, as one can only surmise what heights he might have reached -- bringing the ABB along with him -- had his life not been cut so tragically short at the age of only 24. But At Fillmore East was not the last word on the classic ABB's live recorded legacy; most of 1972's Eat a Peach came from the same Fillmore sessions, and a bit more live Fillmore material also showed up on the two volumes of The Duane Allman Anthology 1972 and 1974 and the ABB's Dreams box set 1989. It all added up to two-plus hours of prime live Allman Brothers Band with Duane kicking the group up to stratospheric heights, but it was also rather piecemeal, spread across several releases and scattered across two decades. In 1992, along came The Fillmore Concerts, which seemingly remedied this situation with a two-CD set, again produced by Dowd, combining music mainly from At Fillmore East and Eat a Peach to derive two full discs of music, a stellar showcase for Duane and the band. But there were problems: however well-intentioned, Dowd chose alternate takes and messed around with the At Fillmore East mixes in order to "improve" them, and in certain cases he should've left them well enough alone. The At Fillmore East takes and mixes had been edited for the LP format and with an ear toward making the album as strong as possible for the home listener, not necessarily an "accurate" documentary of the concert experience. Dowd's revisionism on The Fillmore Concerts sometimes did no favors to the music; for example, Rudolph "Juicy" Carter's sax detracts from "Hot 'Lanta," and Duane's "Liz Reed" solo, although from the same take used on At Fillmore East, is mixed lower than on the version listeners first heard in 1971 -- as a result, the power and beauty of the solo doesn't stand out quite as effectively. In 2003 came the "Deluxe Edition" of At Fillmore East, and they arguably got it right this time. Out the window went the 1994 Fillmore Concerts remixes and alternate takes -- these are the At Fillmore East versions that first dazzled listeners during the year they were recorded. Also featured is the live material from Eat a Peach -- including the definitive version of "Mountain Jam" with Duane's stunning solo after the drum break, culminating in his moving take on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" -- along with other live music that appeared on the two Duane Allman anthologies and Dreams. It's all sequenced logically, with the bluesy stuff kicking things off and the band stretching out and reaching for the heavens as the set progresses. This is the ABB at its thrilling apex; listen to how the soloing and the band's dynamic accompaniment had evolved in less than nine months following the recording of Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival. And it's all presented in a handsome, high-quality package with a nice essay by Dave Thompson and photos both familiar and never before seen. One could conclude that this is yet another repackaging of live Allmans material by a mega-label attempting a quick cash-in. But for a 21st century listener seeking to experience the best of the Allman Brothers Band's greatest incarnation -- with Duane Allman at the very heart of the music -- there is no better package than this.
Blender - Clark Collis
Thirty years on, it's difficult to think of anyone who has done this kind of thing quite so well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 044007735329
  • Catalog Number: 000040102
  • Sales rank: 8,306

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Statesboro Blues (4:18)
  2. 2 Trouble No More (3:44)
  3. 3 Don't Keep Me Wonderin' (3:27)
  4. 4 Done Somebody Wrong (4:33)
  5. 5 Stormy Monday (8:49)
  6. 6 One Way Out (4:58)
  7. 7 In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (13:07)
  8. 8 You Don't Love Me (19:18)
  9. 9 Midnight Rider (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hot 'Lanta (5:22)
  2. 2 Whipping Post (22:53)
  3. 3 Mountain Jam (33:41)
  4. 4 Drunken Hearted Boy (6:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Allman Brothers Band Primary Artist
Gregg Allman Organ, Piano, Vocals
Dickey Betts Guitar
Elvin Bishop Guitar, Vocals
Duane Allman Guitar, Slide Guitar
Thom Doucette Harmonica
Jaimoe Johnson Conga, Drums, Timbales
Steve Miller Piano
Berry Oakley Bass
Butch Trucks Drums, Timpani
Bobby Caldwell Percussion
Jai Johanny Johanson Conga, Drums, Timbales
Technical Credits
Willie Cobbs Composer
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Gregg Allman Composer
The Allman Brothers Band Arranger
Dickey Betts Composer
Elvin Bishop Composer
Donovan Composer
T-Bone Walker Composer
Duane Allman Composer
Aaron Baron Engineer
Bo Diddley Composer
Larry Dahlstrom Engineer
Tom Dowd Producer, Audio Production
Elmore James Composer
Jaimoe Johnson Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Berry Oakley Composer
Morgan Robinson Composer
Marshall Sehorn Composer
Butch Trucks Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Suha Gur Mastering
Meire Murakami Reissue Design
Dave Thompson Essay
Kelly Martinez Licensing
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Jim Marshall Graphic Conception
V. Lee Composer
Jai Johanny Johanson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Live it and love it.

    This is without a doubt the best of the various versions of this seminal album to be released. The original double vinyl, single cd had what we knew up to that point. Adding the "Eat A Peach" tracks, and joining "Whipping Post" to "Mountain Jam", giving just under a solid hour of the best blues/jam band on "The Fillmore Concerts", made that a must have for all Allman Brothers fans. Now however we have the original mixes, and the original, un-edited performances of all the songs the band played, it's like sliding into a warm place and opening your heart to what music can do to you. Don't be dismayed ay the thought of yet another trip to the store, just hand your money over and luxuriate in the total joy that the Allmans put out when they played live. And just to show all your friends that the best music never ages, play them "Elizabeth Reed", then "Tomorrow Never Knows" from "Revolver", and finish the whole thing off with Miles Davis and John Coltrane's "So What" from "Kind Of Blue". Duane, Lennon, Miles and Coltrane may not be here any more, but what a noise there must be in Heaven. This is THE BEST you will ever hear, and you will never be sorry you bought it.

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