Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East
fifty-one years ago, the Allman Brothers released the iconic live At Fillmore East album and that record began a musical odyssey for me ... a band that I've listened to weekly for over 50 years.
Damned near every dorm room on our floor at the University of Dayton had a copy of At Fillmore East, a fact that I look back on now and realize how broad their appeal … blues, southern rock, country, jazz and now the jamband world. Duane’s slide work opening the classic Blind Willie McTell’s ‘Statesboro Blues’ still makes me grin. Berry Oakley’s thunder on Hot ‘Lanta still stands the test of time as one of the great bass performances and Whipping Post is the perfect showcase for each member of the band to shine in the 20 minute + extended jam. Seven songs over 4 album sides, unheard of at the time but part of the genius that truly cemented the ABB as one of the best live acts of all time.
Music aside, the album artwork is also one of the most recognizable and some of my favorite Jim Marshall photos … the band on the front cover, the crew on the back.