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Peakin' at the Beacon
     

Peakin' at the Beacon

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by The Allman Brothers Band
 

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Just about every year the Allman Brothers Band descend upon New York and settle in for a spate of shows at the intimate Beacon Theater, a venue that seems to bring out the best in the hardest-working band in Southern rock (the adoring Yankees there to greet 'em don't hurt either). This concise disc, culled from their 2000 Gotham stand, may not be as expansive as some

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Just about every year the Allman Brothers Band descend upon New York and settle in for a spate of shows at the intimate Beacon Theater, a venue that seems to bring out the best in the hardest-working band in Southern rock (the adoring Yankees there to greet 'em don't hurt either). This concise disc, culled from their 2000 Gotham stand, may not be as expansive as some of the ABB's live outings, but it packs plenty of punch, as well as a goodly number of those in-the-zone moments that occur when the band are at their improvisational peak. The latter mood comes to the fore on a roller-coaster run through "Seven Turns" and a rendition of "High Falls" that spotlights the remarkable playing of guitar prodigy Derek Trucks. On the flip side, fans of the Allmans' down-and-dirty side will also want to dig into this peach -- particularly the opening salvo of "Don't Want You No More" and "Ain't My Cross to Bear." As always, the fan-friendly band did their best not to retrace their steps, thus displacing some of their better known material in favor of more obscure, but still crowd-pleasing, nuggets such as "Black Hearted Woman" and "Stand Back." The Allmans at the Beacon will no doubt continue to be one of New York's hottest tickets for years to come, but if you can't make it to the Big Apple, consider this the next best thing to being there.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Gregg Allman was asked why Dickey Betts was kicked out of the Allman Brothers Band in the spring of 2000, he is reported to have suggested the answer lay in the tapes from the group's two-week stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York. That makes it surprising that the Allmans would turn to those tapes to assemble their first new album release in five and a half years, Peakin' at the Beacon. Happily, however, there is no evidence of Betts' alleged shortcomings on the disc, though it must be admitted that, since he is one of two lead guitarists (the other being Derek Trucks, making his recorded debut with the band), it isn't always easy to tell who is playing. There is plenty of guitar work, and it is up to the Allmans' usual standard. Following the instrumental opener, Gregg Allman sings lead on seven straight songs, all of which come from the band's first three studio albums. Betts finally appears as a vocalist on the ninth track, the 1990 folk-country tune "Seven Turns." Finally, there is a 27-and-a-half-minute version of the 1975 Betts instrumental "High Falls," a typical extended workout complete with jazzy interludes and a lengthy percussion section. The Allmans may not have been due for another live album (two of their last three releases being concert recordings), but the series of Beacon shows has become an annual event, and the disc serves as a souvenir from the March 2000 shows. Fans who attended those shows, or who just want to be reassured that the Allmans sound much the same as ever, may enjoy the album; less devoted listeners probably shouldn't bother.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972495323
catalogNumber:
724953
Rank:
10641

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allman Brothers Band   Primary Artist
Gregg Allman   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Dickey Betts   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Oteil Burbridge   Bass
Jaimoe   Percussion,Drums
Marc Quiñones   Percussion,Conga,Background Vocals
Butch Trucks   Percussion,Drums
Derek Trucks   Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Gregg Allman   Composer
Allman Brothers Band   Producer
Dickey Betts   Composer
Eddie Hardin   Composer
Erik Cartwright   Guitar Techician
Tom Dowd   Executive Producer
Bruce Judd   Engineer
Spencer Davis   Composer
Michael Caplan   Executive Producer
Bud Snyder   Producer,Engineer,Live Sound
Kirk West   Producer
Joe Zimmerman   Art Direction
Frank Lombardi   Guitar Techician
Earl "Broadfinger" Francis   Lighting Director
Mark Withrow   Engineer
Bert Holman   Executive Producer
Greg Looper   Engineer

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Peakin' at the Beacon 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great music but awful sound, very disappointing indeed.