An expanded version of The Allman Brothers’ The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings

Featuring 14 previously unreleased tracks recorded on March 12 and 13!

New liner notes authored by John Lynskey, publisher Hittin’ The Note

No. 49 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!

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THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings

Label: Mercury Records
Release date: 29 July 2014
Three different formats: 6-CD, 3-BluRay and 4-LP.

If you look at most “Best Live Albums Of All-Time” lists, you’re more than likely to see The Allman Brothers Band’s 1971 live album At Fillmore East near the top. The album was recorded over the three-night span of March 11 – 13 and on July 29 we’ll be able to hear more material from the run when Mercury Records releases The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings.

Hittin’ The Note publisher John Lynskey, who penned the liner notes for the new release, gave more details…….The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings will contain a whopping 14 previously unreleased tracks recorded on March 12 and 13. Apparently the new release includes four full sets from the 12th and 13th as unfortunately no tapes exist from the first night of the run. Lynskey also notes that the package includes the complete versions of the two “You Don’t Love Me’s” that producer Tom Dowd cut and spliced together for the original version on the At Fillmore East album. The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings is also expected to contain a recording of the Allman’s Fillmore East- closing performance from June 27, 1971.

The Allman Brothers Band’s 1971 live album, The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, is hailed as one of the best live albums ever made and for good reason — all of the Southern blues-rockers’ many assets are on full display on this juggernaut recorded during the three-night stand in March 1971 — showcasing the venue that featured some of rock music’s biggest acts at the time.

This new release from Mercury Records contains a whopping 14 previously unreleased tracks recorded on March 12 and 13 — contained in four full sets from those dates, as unfortunately no tapes exist from the first night of the run.

Also included are complete versions of the two “You Don’t Love Me’s,” that producer Tom Dowd cut and spliced together for the original version of the At Fillmore East album. As well you’ll experience a recording of the Allman’s Fillmore East-closing performance from June 27, 1971, and this time it includes Bill Graham’s wonderful introduction of the band!

There has never been a better showcase for improvisational rock than this 1971 concert recording, and few (if any) live rock albums are in its rank. With only two studio albums (and plenty of touring) under their belt, the Georgia sextet tore into the Fillmore East with road-tested buoyancy.

Greg Allman’s grittty vocals and grooving organ work, the dynamic twin lead guitars of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, the two-drummer attack of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks cap a thundering performance that takes in four blues covers, two original instrumentals and an epic, frenzied 23-minute version of their signature “Whipping Post.”

The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings helped The Allman Brothers Band achieve a massive fame that they still hold to this day. It ranks No. 49 among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and remains among the top-selling albums in the band’s catalogue.

“Titanic guitarist Duane Allman was at the peak of his powers, pushing his foil, Dickey Betts, to unsurpassed peaks. Vocalist-keyboardist Gregg Allman would have been a star in any other setting; here he’s merely one more component in a brilliant ensemble. Duane Allman died shortly after At Fillmore East shipped, and the Brothers haven’t scaled such heights since. But, then, neither has anyone else.” — Amazon.com

Press release

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND’S BREAKTHROUGH 1971 LIVE ALBUM AT FILLMORE EAST EXPANDED TO SIX-CD BOX SET
THE 1971 FILLMORE EAST RECORDINGS

Universal Music Enterprises and Mercury Records to Release The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band’s Historic 1971 Performances At Bill Graham’s Iconic New York City Venue

Package Contains All Four Performances From the Legendary Weekend of March 12-13, Which Yielded At Fillmore East, as Well as the Allmans’ Headlining Set From the Fillmore East’s Closing Weekend, Available July 29

One of the best live albums of all time is about to get considerably better. The Allman Brothers Band’s cornerstone LP, At Fillmore East, compiled from the four sets recorded on the weekend of March 12-13, 1971, has been expanded, stretching over six CDs with fifteen unreleased tracks. Additionally, The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings contains the complete June 27 performance during the iconic venue’s final weekend, after the band was handpicked by impresario Bill Graham to headline closing night. Produced by Bill Levenson, who compiled the definitive Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (Rounder, 2013), The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings captures the most inspired improvisational rock unit ever at the peak of their prodigious powers, blazing their way through extended instrumental elaborations, so taut and virtuosic, that the crowds that packed the Fillmore East on those memorable nights were utterly transfixed. When it came to live performance, no other band could touch the Allmans.

In his scrupulously detailed notes for the set, Allmanologist John Lynskey writes: “From its inception in March 1969, the Allman Brothers Band rapidly established a near-mythical reputation through its incendiary, marathon concerts. No other group could touch the Allman Brothers when it came to extended, improvised jamming; they truly were in a league and dimension of their own. Duane Allman was joined by his brother Gregg on keyboards and vocals, the dual drumming combo of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, bassist extraordinaire Berry Oakley, and Dickey Betts, Duane’s foil on guitar. Together, these individually talented artists blended into a unit whose sum exceeded the total of its impressive singular parts. The group toured relentlessly—they spent 300 days on the road in 1970 ? honing their sound and building a loyal fan base, one show at a time. An Allman Brothers’ concert could not be explained, it could only be experienced, and by word of mouth, the group became known as ‘the people’s band’ for their no-frills approach to live music.”

As Lynskey notes, the Allman Brothers Band’s magic has always existed primarily on the concert stage, but on the weekend of March 12-13, 1971, when they rolled into Manhattan to play four shows at the iconic East Village venue, they raised the bar higher than ever. “That weekend in March of ‘71 when we recorded At Fillmore East, most of the time it clicked,” drummer Butch Trucks recalls. “We were finally starting to catch up with what we were listening to. We had lived together…we got in trouble together; we all just moved as a unit. And then, when we got onstage to play, that’s what it was all about—and it just happened to all come together that weekend.”

The four shows were recorded by veteran Atlantic Records engineer/producer Tom Dowd, who’d not only produced the Allmans’ second album, Idlewild South, but also the sessions for Derek & the Dominos project, putting Duane Allman together with Eric Clapton for some mind-blowing extended guitar duels. That album, Layla, dramatically backed up those who’d been calling the upstart Allman Brothers Band the most exciting live act on the planet, and its little-known 24-year-old leader a fiery six-string virtuoso to rival Clapton, Beck and Page. Dowd and Atlantic, consequently, wanted to put out a live album to capture a skilled and adventurous band in full flight, the two guitars circling each other like a pair of falcons, stretching their material into thrilling and electrifying shapes. No matter that the Allmans had yet to tackle most of their live material in the studio—this band wasn’t about the studio.

“If we could just get people to come out and see us,” Duane Allman told interviewer Bud Scoppa on the afternoon of Friday, March 12, before their first pair of headlining sets, “I know they’d like what they heard.”

How right he was.

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The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings – 6CD version

CD 1
March 12, 1971 – First Show
1. Statesboro Blues 4.08 (previously unreleased)
2. Trouble No More 3.48 (previously unreleased)
3. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.19 (previously unreleased)
4. Done Somebody Wrong 4.01 (previously unreleased)
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 17.05 (previously unreleased)
6. You Don’t Love Me 16.55 (previously unreleased)

CD 2
March 12, 1971 – Second Show

1. Statesboro Blues 4.12 (previously unreleased)
2. Trouble No More 3.50
3. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.28 (previously unreleased)
4. Done Somebody Wrong 4:30
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 19.50 (previously unreleased)
6. You Don’t Love Me 19.10
7. Whipping Post 20.00 (previously unreleased)
8. Hot ‘Lanta 5.09

CD 3
March 13, 1971 – First Show

1. Statesboro Blues 4.20
2. Trouble No More 3.48
3. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.47
4. Done Somebody Wrong 3.55 (previously unreleased)
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 13.00
6. You Don’t Love Me 19.10
7. Whipping Post 17.15 (previously unreleased)

CD 4
March 13, 1971 – Second Show – Part 1

1. Statesboro Blues 4.19 (previously unreleased)
2. One Way Out 4.30 (previously unreleased)
3. Stormy Monday 10.14
4. Hot ‘Lanta 5.00
5. Whipping Post 22.00

CD 5
March 13, 1971 – Second Show – Part 2

1. Mountain Jam 33.00
2. Drunken Hearted Boy (with Elvin Bishop) 7.30

CD 6
June 27, 1971 – FILLMORE EAST Closing Show

Introduction by Bill Graham (previously unreleased)
1. Statesboro Blues 5.52
2. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.34
3. Done Somebody Wrong 3.37
4. One Way Out 5.01
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 12.44
6. Midnight Rider 3.01
7. Hot Lanta 5.41
8. Whipping Post 19.17
9. You Don’t Love Me 17.56

The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings – 3x Blu-ray Audio version

Blu-ray 1

March 12, 1971, First Show
Statesboro Blues 4.44
Trouble No More 3.47
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.53
Done Somebody Wrong 4.24
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 17.38
You Don’t Love Me 14.58
March 12, 1971, Second Show
Statesboro Blues 4.29
Trouble No More 4.04
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.39
Done Somebody Wrong 4.56
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 18.38
You Don’t Love Me 19.13
Whipping Post 19.30
Hot ‘Lanta 5.19

Blu-ray 2

March 13, 1971, First Show
Statesboro Blues 4.18
Trouble No More 3.47
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3 .38
Done Somebody Wrong 4.08
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 13.15
You Don’t Love Me 19.50
Whipping Post 17.30
March 13, 1971, Second Show
Statesboro Blues 4.43
One Way Out 4.40
Stormy Monday 10.39
Hot ‘Lanta 5.31
Whipping Post 23.05
Mountain Jam 35.39
Drunken Hearted Boy 7.45

Blu-ray 3

FILLMORE EAST closing show, June 27, 1971

Bill Graham introduction / Statesboro Blues 5.31
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.47
Done Somebody Wrong 3.36
One Way Out 5.24
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 12.33
Midnight Rider 3.07
Hot ‘Lanta 5.48
Whipping Post 20.14
You Don’t Love Me 17.23

The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings – 4LP Vinyl edtion

Side 1

Statesboro Blues 4.17 March 13, 1971, First Show
Trouble No More 3.51 March 13, 1971, First Show
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 3.32 March 13, 1971, First Show
Done Somebody Wrong 4.32 March 12, 1971, Second Show

Side 2

In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 13.20 March 13, 1971, First Show
Midnight Rider 3.00 FILLMORE EAST closing show, June 27, 1971

Side 3

One Way Out 5.03 FILLMORE EAST closing show, June 27, 1971
Stormy Monday 10.28 March 13, 1971, Second Show
Hot ‘Lanta 5.26 March 13, 1971, Second Show

Side 4

You Don’t Love Me 19.25 March 13, 1971, First Show

Side 5

Whipping Post 22.51 March 13, 1971, Second Show

Side 6

Mountain Jam (Part 1) 19.37 March 13, 1971, Second Show

Side 7

Mountain Jam (Part 2) 15.06 March 13, 1971, Second Show

Side 8

Drunken Hearted Boy 7.33 March 13, 1971, Second Show

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