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At Fillmore East

The Allman Brothers Band

1971

At Fillmore East

Album Summary

At Fillmore East is the first live album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band, and their third release overall. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album was released in July 6, 1971, in the United States by Capricorn Records. As the title indicates, the recording took place at the New York City music venue Fillmore East, which was run by concert promoter Bill Graham. It was recorded over the course of three nights in March 1971 and features the band performing extended jam versions of songs such as "Whipping Post", "You Don't Love Me" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed". When first commercially released, it was issued as a double LP with just seven songs across four vinyl sides. At Fillmore East was the band's artistic and commercial breakthrough, rapidly escalating the band's exposure and gaining them a new legion of loyal fans. Many people consider At Fillmore East to be one of the best live albums of all time, and consider the album to be the start of the band's association with the jam band school of music (although members of the band have repudiated the label, stating instead they are just "a band that jams") . It has also been ranked among the best overall albums by artists and continues to be a top seller in the band's catalog, becoming their first album to go platinum. In 2004, the album was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, deemed to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" by the National Recording Registry.

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Rating

3.38

Votes

5957

Genres

  • Rock
  • Blues
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

The legendarily talented Allman Brothers meander their way through 80 minutes of directionless jamming, demonstrating to me that I enjoy a little (or a lot) more structure in my tunes. Gave it three listens out of respect and couldn't rise above a neutral rating. Still looking forward to the studio albums. 5/10

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Tue Sep 21 2021
2

Like okay man I get it. Good for you but... I got stuff to do

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Live At Fillmore East is a great example of The Allman Brothers Band's intention to fuse Blues and Jazz in a soulful way with a country rock vibe. Although I very much respect traditional blues and dig them live, I am often not drawn to listen away from the stage. However, The Allmans' style has always helped bridge that gap for me and cause me to appreciate the genre more and awaken me to their influence on many artists that I know and love. After the first 3 more traditional blues tunes, for me the album just gets cookin' 4 songs into the album with You Don't Love Me. This epic 19 min. blues rock saga gets all cylinders hummin'. Cool jams Hot 'Lanta and In Memory Of Elizabeth really keep it rollin' to the pinnacle of the whole set, Whipping Post. Damn, it's so good! **I would love to see My Morning Jacket cover You Don't Love Me at Red Rocks someday!!! (eyes bugged)

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

Not as onanistic as the worst blues wanks of the era but still guilty of viewing solo length as equivalent to generosity of feeling, which is something the blue masters they respectfully cover had in abundance. This is all pretense, guard, posture. When Elmore James strikes a cord it sounds like the truest thing you ever heard. These guys have to shroud theirs in fuzz, or turn the songs into arena rockers, to disguise the attenuated feelings beneath.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
1

Technically good but pointless

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Live music that's so well recorded and performed that you can barely tell. Classic!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Now, this is an interesting mix of musical genres that I've never had the opportunity to hear before... Rock + Blues + Country + so much more. I enjoyed the whimsy of it all, swinging between the different styles, and weaving them into a single fabric, making you feel like you're listening not to one band, but to a strange one-time fusion event.. which I suspect it was? I may be wrong, and I will be happy if it wasn't... it means more music like this I can look forward to in the future! It's always a pleasure discovering new flavour combinations in food, and style combinations in music, and this was no exception. This was totally my jam, and probably my new favourite flavour of it (pun intended).

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Found it irritating so turned it down and then forgot it was playing

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Tue Feb 09 2021
1

Production: 4/20 Songwriting: 4/20 Innovation: 2/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 2/20 =12 get teh fuck white man blues

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

GOAT love album. Guitars don’t get much better than this

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

I like this. Bluesy. I had no idea. I thought they were country and Neil Young was more like ummm folk music or blue grassy. This is not what I expected. Traditional blues riffs everywhere. I had this cd in high school that was all backing blues stuff for you to do improvised solos over the top of it. I'm sorry...maybe they'd hate this...but this is what that sounded like. Also look how happy they look in this album cover but like you can tell....this group does drugs. Gregg Allman married Cher. What? Whipping Post is 23 minutes long. 23 minutes. How does that work? Like how did that song ever get exposure? In Memory of Elizabeth Reed is 13 minutes. How...did ....that ....ever ....work? Whipping Post is the best of the album. All 23 minutes. Wild man, wild. It stands out with it's opening. Blues can sound like the same song over and over and over...but Whipping Post is blues and then this unique heavy tripping triplet feeling bass-line. Fast moving base lines in general are memorable.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Every track on this album crackles with energy. This is clearly a band that honed their craft and spent countless hours playing together. Everyone is on point through songs that wind upwards of 10 minutes. The songs wind expertly from rootsy blues of Stormy Monday to the frentic uptempo rock of You Don't Love Me Anymore. Its hard not to get caught up in the energy that this band channels into every second. Its fun to hear the band react to the music and yell at the band between songs. Theres nothing not to love here. The dueling guitars, the manic drum sets, the pumping bass, and Gregg Allman's piano and lyrics tying it altogether. The album isn't perfect but its imperfections are often an artifact of the fact that it is a live album and help make it better.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Superb raw blues with pockets of ambience amidst layers of quality musicianship. Every string reverberates into your soul, and if you close your eyes, you're in that dive bar and can almost taste the bourbon and smell the smoky air. This is awesome.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Look... live albums often feel like your friend showing you a video they took at a concert; but here is where context matters... The Allman brothers band is a jam band. Just like the Grateful Dead. Sure studio albums are fine if you want to hear the polished copy of their songs; but bands like these are important; because they are performing artists. Dead heads and hippies didn't travel with these bands because they really liked their 5 set songs and wanted to hear them performed over and over again. They followed these bands across the US and beyond; because each time these bands played a song, it was different, it was greater, it was grander, it was the spirit of blues and improvisation. That being said... I'm not really a fan of live albums. I am however a fan of blues. This album has some great solos 'on done somebody wrong' . You can feel that they are having a blast jamming together on stage.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
2

Cet album m'a permis d'établir une nouvelle règle faisant désormais loi: si un album comporte des chansons de plus de 10 minutes, c'est forcément un album de merde. En effet, proposer une chanson d'une durée supérieure à 10 minutes démontre un égo surdimensionné, l'artiste pensant pouvoir nous captiver sur une durée aussi longue. C'est d'ailleurs pour ça que l'ignoble Frank Zappa s'évertue à proposer des horribles morceaux interminables. Cet album n'échappe pas à la règle, et vient récolter un 2/5 bien mérité.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
2

Pour que vous compreniez ce que j'ai ressenti pendant l'écoute de cet album, je vais vous partager une anecdote. Vous savez que j'ai pour habitude de manger régulièrement dans des restaurants japonais proposant une formule de sushis à volonté (l'un d'eux est évoqué dans ma critique de l'album Led Zeppelin). Dans celui que je fréquente le plus souvent, une annonce est faite pour chaque client qui souhaiterait choisir la formule dite "All you can eat" : "ne commandez que ce que vous pouvez manger, tout gâchis sera facturé". Un certain vendredi, je décidai de m'y rendre accompagné de trois espagnoles, leur nombre ayant été choisi par mes soins. Après nous être installés, nous commençâmes à commander les tant attendus sushis. Seulement voilà : chaque tournée de sushis apportée à notre table me semblait incomplète. Je décidai donc de commander de nouveaux sushis pour compenser ce qui me semblait être un oubli de la part de la serveuse. C'est alors que les problèmes commencèrent. Alors que je n'avais bientôt presque plus faim, les tournées de sushis oubliés nous furent servies. D'immenses plateaux de se succédèrent dès lors, me provoquant de fortes envies de vomir. Ce qui devait être un déjeuner sympathique se transforma en cauchemar. Je calculai bientôt combien de sushis j'avais la capacité d'ingurgiter et répartis le reste entre les espagnoles. Gobage après gobage, envie de vomir après envie de vomir, nous arrivâmes à bout de notre commande, laissant trois pauvres makis au tofu sur le côté d'une assiette. La morale de cette histoire est qu'il faut savoir doser les bonnes choses, et elle ferait bien d'être entendue par l'Allman Brother Band. Leur album de quatre heures a réussi à me faire dégobiller plus d'une fois, c'est la raison pour laquelle ils obtiennent de ma part la note de deux sur cinq.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
2

Ranking (in ascending order) of male vocalists who have had sex with Cher (allegedly): Sonny Bono Gregg Allman Gene Simmons Val Kilmer This album is just proof that Phish had much stronger weed.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

I'm not a big fan of the "jam band" thing, but this is pretty good. Some incredible guitar work in the midst of some long, pointless jamming. Must have been amazing to see them live. 3 stars.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Questo è un 3.5 perché devo dire che l’ho ascoltato divertendomi e sentendomi coinvolto. Non mi ha emozionato particolarmente e a tratti capisco essere progressive ma la tirano un po’ per le lunghe.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

This album taught me I don’t have the attention span for 20 minute long songs. You’ve got to respect the talent here but a little too much “jamming” going on for this to be something I’d regularly listen to.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

I don't have the musical sense to understand why this is good. I'm sure that to many people, this is an objective masterpiece -- otherwise it wouldn't be on this list. But I don't really have the patience for twenty minute-long jam band sessions. At best, I'd put it on as background study music.

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Sat May 29 2021
2

Too bloated, self indulgent and long. Sounded like a band rehearsing.

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Mon Nov 09 2020
2

Live albums are bad albums

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Hot 'Lanta: Questa è stata divertente. In conclusione: Non c'ho molto da dire, sapevo cosa aspettarmi perché nel mio periodo chitarristico da 15 anni un po' me li so sentiti insieme ad altri gruppi come loro. Diciamo che considerando che è un album live è più tosta perché sti gruppi fondamentalmente suonano solo per questioni masturbatorie dei chitarristi che li ascoltano e quindi live la situazione diventa ancora meno compositiva e più circense. Ce so stati rari momenti in cui magari mi sono un po' fomentato ma in 1 ora e passa de cazzeggio almeno un momento in cui suonavano tutti insieme statisticamente capiterà. Gli vorrei dà più di due ma meno di tre.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

It’s soooooo long… meandering, self indulgent… watch as the band congratulate one another for the thirteenth solo in the same track! There is no denying the talent and skill of the musicians is first rate, but it’s a hard one to enjoy.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

No me convence eso de recomendar un disco en directo como imprescindible de un grupo. Creo que los directos son un complemento a los discos de estudio pero no lo principal. Aunque también es cierto que muchos grupos tienen discos "meh" y luego brillan en directo. Después de este rollo vamos a hablar de este disco. Este disco me da igual, no es malo pero no es algo que escucharía ni recomendaría. Le doy 2 estrellas y ya.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Quality recording and playing, it just didn't sound very interesting.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
2

“I guess the appeal here is the inevitability of it all.”

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Sat Jan 02 2021
1

No interesting ideas in sound

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Sat Sep 25 2021
1

These kind of blues jams are very much not my thing. Couldn't make it through most tracks. I find this kind of stuff utterly boring and tedious. Can't even imagine trying to make it through the deluxe edition .

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Thu Oct 07 2021
1

Despite the apparent iconic nature of this album, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to it before. Unfortunately I can see why. There’s a few tracks that really get going, in that driving, bluesy, rock way, but then there’s a whole load of noodley wanking off that just turns me right off. Not for me.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
5

Rock, Soul, Blues Feels classic Dad likes this band I think

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Fri Oct 16 2020
5

Soulful blues on one of the best live albums I’ve heard!

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

Que álbum fenomenal. Rock, blues, soul, swing.... fantástico

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Tue Dec 08 2020
5

Excellent album. Please play albums like this

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Sat Jan 02 2021
5

даже не читая отзывов критиков и вообще не зная об этом альбоме ничего я сразу понял, что это шедевр. великолепные произведения, дополненные взрывающими голову гитарными соло, если говорить совсем кратко. достойно прослушивания каждого, даже если вы не любите тяжелый блюз.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

top notch

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Jazz, blues e rock. Perfeito

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

это ж классика блюза и слайд-гитары!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

improvisationS MANEIRO

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

An exceptional snapshot in time of a band that had much better songs to come.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Classic southern rock. Great album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Great playing. Long jams with Enthusiastic blues and Duane is missed.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Yes. Not many are going to get five star but this does

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

This one was one the first albums I listened to with my friends in HS. We spent 2 summers hitting record stores. This album reminds me of that couple of summers.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Nice live blues music

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

These guys hold a solo longer than carbonite, and they work better in the songs than normal dabblers. Really good

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Old time blues-rock. Espectacular.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

Exceptional.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

One of the best live albums I've heard. Good ol sourthern blues.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

My favorite live album

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

All time top 3 album for mw

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

It was a great listen, especially loved the last track - so much talent!

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

Un buen álbum de blues. Ganas de haber estado allí en vivo y en directo

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

Great 90 minutes of rock blues.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Some good ass blues rock. The double drummers holds up super well live, too. The jams are really where this album soars.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
5

Favourite song is Hot ‘Lanta. Album Rating: 5/5 Track by track 1/7 : statesboro blues : 4/5 Great song But to short 2/7 does somebody wrong : 4/5 See above 3/7 Stormy Monday : 4/5 Here’s are first longer track and it’s great 4/7 You Don’t Love Me : 2nd favourite track on the album and it’s a great jam 5/5 5/7 Hot ‘Lanta : My favourite track 5/5 6/7 In Memory of Elizabeth Reed Best jam on the album 5/5 7/7 whipping post : 4/5 Super long and good! This review is by coolistaken and I’m out

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

great

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Wed May 26 2021
5

It's great!

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

An absolute classic. I've listened to this 100x.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Вау. Импровизация, гитары, семидесятые - идеально.11/10

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Classic.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

5 Gran álbum para comenzar un viaje entre la emoción y la tranquilidad. Además es un gran paso para empezar a escuchar canciones de larga duración con la emoción de inicio a fin.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Perfect southern rock live album of 1971! It's The Allman Brothers Band's third album - artistic and commercial breakthrough and also the most successful of band's discography. A great mix of blues and jazz improvisations. Must be listened!

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

This was a good one 😀

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

spacca

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Guidando di notte attorno a Milano

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

love the energy and musicianship combined

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Hot Blues JAMS!!!!!!

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Been a few times in my life where I've just ended up in a room with someone just jamming hard on a guitar with no end in sight, this album brought me back to those places. Plus, can't go wrong with a bit of blues. Solid 5/5, music so chill and freeflowing I could fall asleep, but I wouldn't want to.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Almost gave it four stars for a less than ideal tracklist (a good balance of hits/jams, even for a legendary jam band like this, is ideal for a mass released album). But, the extended edition easily solves this problem. Legendary playing from a legendary band, live Duane easily earns it 5 stars

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

The Zeus in the "greatest live albums of all time" pantheon

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

Awesome love album. The band talks about how they didn't have a lot of commercial success with their studio albums, mostly having to do with the fact that they felt constrained by the limits of studio recording (3:20 song times). So apparent listening to this album - the band is meant for live music! Awesome riffs and great solos throughout

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

LOVE IT

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Blues! Such a good album!

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

If there is a Mount Rushmore for live albums (and I'm assuming that there is), At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band should very well be in it. The second half of the album is among the most fiery and magnetic moments in not just rock, but music, history. No wonder this shot up the charts rapidly unlike their previous efforts. Favorites: Hot 'Lanta, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Whipping Post.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Raw and thumping rock n roll blues and southern.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
5

5.5….one of MY top ten albums…cut my teeth in great music with this album….had older siblings that were a great influence, but discovered this one on my own…saw then once with Duane( my 1st concert) and 3 times after that….just can’t say enough about album and group

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Great experience! Electrifying!

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

So much jams. All the jams. Jammy jam jams

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Excellent live album

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Es como rock urbano pero afinado y bien tocado. Diez estrellas.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

A masterpiece. Probably the best live album of all times.. In the top 3 for sure.. Whipping post is epic

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

One of my favorite live albums.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Loved this, especially its more psychedelic odysseys, which reminded me of Circle and Pharaoh Overlord.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

One of my favorites. Classic live performance. Liz Reed, whippin post brings the 🔥

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Good

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

got that great 70s blues rock vibe with electric guitar, raspy voices, makes you do the stank face. vibes. couple long ass jazz riffing instrumental songs.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Jam sensacional

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Certainly one of the greatest live albums in rock history. Duane Allman’s slide guitar is so unearthly good and the whole band is just in sync, the crowd wholly on their wavelength. A masterpiece.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

"At Fillmore East" is the Allman Brothers Band's first live and third overall album. I like their quote that they do not consider themselves a jam band but a band that jams. And jam, they do indeed on this. This was recorded over two nights at the Fillmore East in NYC. The original release was a double album containing seven songs with two songs, "You Don't Love Me" and "Whipping Post" each with a dedicated side all to themselves. Obviously, most these songs are extended to some extent with the Brothers putting on quite the jam especially Duane Allman and Dickie Betts on guitar. This album is also one of those selected for preservation in the Library of Congress for its cultural, historical or aesthetically importance by the National Recording Registry. These songs all have some level of guitar, drum, organ or bass solos to them. Their music contains aspects of blues, jazz and rock, a lot of times within the same song. "Stormy Monday" has a bluesy start with aspects of jazz and the highlight for me being the guitar solos of Betts and Allman. The 13-minute "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" has a bass solo, an organ solo and of a mind-blowing guitar solo at the end. Good use of two drummers. And, of course, the 23-minute "Whipping Post" ends the album with a chaotic finish highlighting every instrument they have. If you like hearing a rockin band jam with one of the best guitarist ever in Duane Allman, this is your album.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Muito bom o álbum! Perfeito pra ouvir e relaxar. Gostei muito! Melhor música: Stormy Monday

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

All about the live jams with the Allmans, good stuff. One Way Out is one of their best songs IMO, but what really rocks on here is this version of In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

It is a breathtakinglsy good live album. Duane Allman is a legend.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

This was THE live album which makes every other seem little in comparison. Absolutely loved it

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Listening to this album I had this sense of I'd heard it before... and looking into my last.fm history I indeed had. I had completely forgotten I listened to this album a fair number of times almost a decade ago. It all came flooding back about how I loved this album and I'm not quite sure why it went out of rotation. This is great live blues rock jamming. The guitar tones just wail in a perfect way. Add in the extended jams and this what I want out of a live album.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Perfection

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

Saggy tits and swinging balls Passed out in my overalls A blazing row, a crumpled can, a rusty nail, a faded tan My bloodshot eyes, her broken wrist A ray of sunlight in the mist The hateful looks, the broken smiles, and all I'm thinking all the time... is... You fuckin' cunt, I hate your guts Go away, you filthy slut Your fanny stinks, your arse is fat But, I still love you, that's a fact RIP Pauline.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Very great sound for a live album.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

heard the two-hour deluxe edition it blew my mind how great those performances were - 10/10

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