The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East
1971 – Carpricorn
Bluesy Southern rock should only be played on vinyl. There is something about the cracks and pops that adds so much to this music. I’d listened to this album before, both digitally and on CD, but when I was at a friend’s house and heard the vinyl, I knew I had never really heard it. Dropping the needle and hearing the slide guitar on “Statesboro Blues” gets you ready for the entire double album. With the extended soloing and great musicianship, there are some nice moments scattered throughout the two discs. Being a live album, it truly is a testament to this time in the band’s history. It is a living documentation of their development at that point. This was two years into the bands career, which is amazing to think of, as we know of them now as a fixture in classic rock history. At this point, they were just beginning. They had their sound, if not solidified, at least etched out very early in their career. Even more important that that though, is the music is really fun to listen to. It lends itself to cranking up really loudly and getting some housework done. My personal favorite is “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”. Do yourself a favor and check this album out if you get the chance.