The ALLMAN BROTHERS – ” Bear’s Sonic Journals: Allman Brothers Band Fillmore East February 1970 “

Posted: May 20, 2021 in MUSIC

The Allman Brothers Band will reissue a 2018 album that features recordings from the group’s appearance at New York’s Fillmore East a year before its more famous shows there. The Allmans were still making a name for themselves when Bill Graham booked them, alongside Love, as openers for the Grateful Dead at the New York City concert hall on February 11th, 13th, and 14th. 1970. Owsley “Bear” Stanley III, the Dead’s soundman, had set up shop for the headlining act and managed to capture the complete opening sets.

Bear’s Sonic Journals: Allman Brothers Band Fillmore East February 1970 is set for reissue on June 18th and includes three CDs of material recorded by the Grateful Dead’s late sound engineer Owsley “Bear” Stanley.

The deluxe edition, out on all platforms on June 18th via Orchard Distribution, allows fans to listen until Bear ran out of tape, including gaps in the recordings when the soundman had to change the reel. Of note on these tapes are the three of the earliest recordings to several Allman Brothers classics, the recordings include the three earliest known live concert recordings of Dickey Betts Song “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed“.

“What I love about that song is if you have a bunch of top-shelf players, they can express themselves beautifully in that song, once they learn it,” Betts commented. “I don’t have a favourite version, but my least favourite is the studio version that we did.”

The “Bear’s Sonic Journals” set was recently remastered from the original tapes in Syanley’s archives, which boasts more than 1,300 live concert recordings from acts like Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Jefferson Airplane Fleetwood Mac and Janis Joplin and others. The Allman Brothers Band performing ”Mountain Jam’‘ live at the Fillmore East in New York City, on February 13th 1970.

A little more than a year after these February 1970 shows, the Allman Brothers Band returned to the Fillmore East. It was then that their classic 1971 LP, “At Fillmore East” as recorded over two nights in March 1971. That album helped break the band to a wider audience. Since its release 50 years ago, the original LP has been reissued several times with additional material, most recently in 2014 as a six-disc set.

The upcoming release will also offer liner notes and rare band photos from the Fillmore East in February 1970 and more. 

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