The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – ” Whipping Post ” Fillmore East 23rd September 1970

Posted: September 23, 2017 in MUSIC
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Whipping Post” is a song by The Allman Brothers Band , Written by Gregg Allman , the five-minute studio version first appeared on their 1969 debut album The Allman Brothers Band . The song’s full power manifested itself in concert, when it was the basis for much longer and more intense performances.  This was captured in the Allman Brothers‘ classic 1971 double live album “Live At the Fillmore East” where a 22-minute rendition of the song takes up the entire final side.  

Gregg Allman was 21 years old when the song was first recorded. Its writing dates back to late March 1969, when The Allman Brothers Band was first formed. Gregg showed the band 22 songs he had written, but only “Dreams” and “It’s Not My Cross to Bear” were deemed usable.  Gregg, the group’s only songwriter at the time, was commissioned to create additional songs that would fit into the context of the new band, and in the next five days he wrote several, including “Whipping Post”.

Gregg’s travails in the music business would provide the thematic inspiration for the new song,  which was written quickly on an ironing board cover . He later said: “It came so fast. I didn’t even have a chance to get the paper out. That’s the way the good songs come—they just hit you like a ton of bricks

The Allman Brothers Band – Whipping Post, originally recorded 7th August 1969 Recorded Live: 9/23/1970 Fillmore East – New York, NY

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