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[18] The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East

9 Aug

This album couldn’t start off more traditionally – a blues lick on guitar as recognizable as any you’ve ever heard.

At Fillmore East

At Fillmore East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But within the first 60 seconds, that guitar starts a conversation with the listener which promises to last the entire length of this 7 track live recording.

The songs themselves are really nothing special – this is all about capturing a live performance, allowing the listener at home experience the passion and power of a tight and focused jam band at the height of their craft. Unlike with Cannonball Adderley’s – At The Lighthouse the Allmans never for a moment let you forget that this is live.

You can almost smell the sweat.

Growing up with rock as my default genre, it is somewhat surprising that this hasn’t been in my collection all along. We’ll put it down to one of those idiosyncrasies of a band, an album being big on one side of the Atlantic but not the other.

If there is one knock for me it is these are not songs I can sing along with – and I love to sing along to rock albums. The vocals, the lyrics are not the point here. Everything is in service of lifting the two lead guitars higher and higher. And I do love the clangy, slightly fuzzy guitar sound, wailing away over extended solos and jam shuffles.

It really is almost as if they’re talking.

After all the extended solo jamming, it’s almost a shock when the vocals return for the final track.

Tom Moon is spot on here when he describes this as a rock album built on jazz notions. Fillmore is the very definition of journey over destination.

The Allman Brothers are never going to be a favorite of mine, but once again I am indebted to 1,000 Recordings for making me take a listen to this seminal album.

I expect I will return to this slice of southern rock in 70s New York regularly in the future.

Owned before blogging? No. (1 of 18.  6%)
Heard before blogging? No. (3 of 18.  17%)
Recommend? Yes. (14 of 18.  78%)

Next Week: The Almanac Singers  – The Complete General Recordings

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