Friday, June 29, 2012

FRIDAY LIVE: Allman Brothers Band, Jan. 17, 1971, Pittsburgh, Pa.

America's greatest rock band at its best (or at least very close), here's the perfect concert to blast while grilling and guzzling in celebration of Independence Day.

It's a superb soundboard recording of the original Allman Brothers Band lineup performing just a couple months before going to New York for the shows resulting in the group's seminal live album "At Fillmore East."

This Pittsburgh show starts off with leader Duane Allman, who died in a motorcycle crash nine months later, thanking opening Taj Mahal before launching into a sizzling version of "Statesboro Blues," which Duane learned from Taj's self-titled album.

ABB is spot-on, vibrant and determined throughout, giving "You Don't Love Me" a fabulous outro before mesmerizing with 20 beautiful, highly emotive minutes of "Whipping Post."

Artist: The Allman Brothers Band
Date: Jan. 17, 1971
Location: Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh
Lineup: 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).
Setlist: 1 Statesboro Blues
2 Trouble No More
3 Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
4 Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
5 Midnight Rider
6 You Don't Love Me
7 Whipping Post

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—Undated photo of Gregg Allman (left) and Duane Allman from

1 comment:

Simon George said...

I think a lot of people would argue with me about this, but I think the Allman Brothers are the best jam band ever. Of course, I may be bias since I’m from the south. Great post keep up the hard work. Check these out IStillGotMyGuitar