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The Allman Brothers Band hit the ground running on their self-titled 1969 debut, and never stopped. That album was a fine blend of southern rock, gritty blues with a little jazz thrown in for good measure. The following year’s Idlewild South was even better, including such immediate classics as “Midnight Rider,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Please Call Home.” The band’s third release, 1971’s Live At Fillmore East, is often regarded as a pinnacle representation of the group’s collective talents, particularly the distinctive guitar interplay between Dicky Betts and Duane Allman.

However, in the summer of 1970, when The Allman’s were still a relatively unknown act outside of Macon Georgia, the band were booked to perform at the Atlanta International Pop Festival, an event which boasted an impressive list of musical luminaries, including BB King, Procol Harum, Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix.

Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival captures two blistering sets recorded 3rd and 5th July 1970 and, if not quite as enthralling as their shows at the Fillmore East, then are certainly almost as good.

For the first time anywhere officially or not two (mostly) complete performances by The Allman Brothers Band at the Atlanta International Pop Festival over the Fourth of July weekend (they were the bookends of the fest) in 1970 have been issued with stellar sound, complete annotation and cool liner notes. The festival took place while The Allmans were in the process of recording their second album, Idlewild South , when they appeared on July 3rd as the hometown openers of the entire festival and proceeded to blow the minds of over 100,000 people — for their last set on July 5th at 3:50 a.m. they performed in front of as many as 500,000. Musically, other than a somewhat stiff version of “Statesboro Blues” the July 3rd set is magical. There is a stunning version of “Dreams” lasting almost ten minutes with beautiful Hammond/guitar interplay between Gregg and Dickey Betts . Long and ferocious versions of “Whipping Post” and “Mountain Jam” are here, but the track on the July 3rd set is Berry Oakley’s feral vocal read of Willie Dixon’s “Hoochie Coochie Man.”  A short (5:49) version of this song, it has a rock & roll immediacy that is strained out of the longer versions to gain the improvisational edge. Disc one also restores Gregg Allman’s “Every Hungry Woman,” to its rightful place previously only having been available on an anthology. Harp player Thom Doucette, no stranger to Allman Brothers fans , is here aplenty, adding his righteous, stinging harp lines to many tracks on both nights. The way Gregg’s organ playing is recorded here offers a new view of just how integral an anchor he was for both guitarists to play off. He is a monster musician and, even at this early date, was showing off his improvisational and rhythmic skills.

Packaged in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, with detailed liner notes, Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival is essential listening for fans of the original classic line-up. Live At Fillmore might receive the majority of accolades, yet Atlanta shouldn’t be ignored. 150 minutes of pure, unadulterated blues-rock is never a bad thing.

Allman’s ‘Skydog’ Set Comes To Vinyl

Rounder’s widely-praised seven-CD box set of 2013, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, is to be released as a limited edition, 14 LP box set on 180 gram vinyl. Limited to 1000, individually numbered copies, it is available to pre-order here exclusively on PledgeMusic.

The link also includes an “unboxing” video where you can view the contents of a set that features a 56-page book, with rare and never-before-seen photos and essays by journalist Scott Schinder and Duane’s daughter, Galadrielle Allman.

Produced by Galadrielle and the esteemed reissue producer Bill Levenson, Skydog features all 129 tracks from the original CD edition, covering the full career of the late and much-revered guitarist. Early recordings with his brother Gregg, in such groups as the Escorts, Allman Joys and Hour Glass, are included alongside his studio work with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, Arthur Conley and Delaney & Bonnie.

Also in the set are Allman’s sessions for such performers as Laura Nyro, Lulu and Doris Duke, several of his recordings with Derek and the Dominos and, of course, a generous selection of material by the Allman Brothers Band. A live jam session with the Grateful Dead also features.

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The acclaimed 2013 CD box set, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, was a critical and commercial success, chronicling the full breadth and depth of Allman’s music. This new, highly collectible edition will be a limited run of 1000 . Each individually-numbered box set includes 14 LPs, pressed on audiophile-quality, 180-gram vinyl, plus a 56-page book and features rare and new, never-before seen photos, with essays by journalist Scott Schinder and Duane’s daughter, Galadrielle.

Duane Allman’s memorial service was held at Snow’s Memorial Chapel on November 1, 1971. Nearly 300 friends, musicians and relatives attended. Duane’s guitar case stood in front of the floral-wreathed casket, and the band’s equipment was set up in the rear. At 3pm, the five remaining band members and Thom Doucette took their places. They began with an introduction of slow blues, before Gregg started to sing The Sky Is Crying from behind dark glasses. They played Key To The Highway, then Stormy Monday and In Memory of Elizabeth Reed. Dickey Betts played for Duane in the places where Duane would have normally been heard. Dr. John and Bobby Caldwell joined the band, along with Delaney Bramlett for a hair-raising Will The Circle Be Unbroken, which left many in tears. After a brief tribute by Delaney Bramlett, Gregg sang a few songs by himself, the last being Melissa, introduced as a favorite of his brother. “I never much cared for it, but I’m going to sing it to him.” The rest of the group returned for one last song, Statesboro Blues. When they had finished, Dickey took the Les Paul he was playing – it was Duane’s guitar – and stood it up next to Duane’s guitar case.

Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler gave the eulogy. His moving portrayal of Duane’s dedication to Southern gospel, soul and blues music, and the place he attained alongside the great musicians and blues singers from the South captured the magnitude of his musical achievements. At the end of the service, Gregg looked at the assembled guests and said, “I’m very proud that you all came.”

Berry Oakley, Jaimoe, Delaney Bramlett and Dickey playing in front of Duane. Snow’s Memorial Chapel. Macon, GA. November 1, 1971.

R.I.P Duane Allman, Howard Duane Allman was born November 20th, 1946 in Nashville, Tennessee to mother Geraldine Alice and father Willis Allman. Duane faced many obstacles growing up but the worst was his father’s murder by a shell- shocked veteran that Willis was kind enough to give a ride to…

Understandably so, Duane’s mother sent the Duane and Gregg to Castle Heights Military Academy before moving them to Daytona Beach, FL for work which was a lot of change for Duane and Gregg. Eventually the family settled back in Nashville where Gregg started to express interest in the guitar while Duane wanted to ride free along the highway with the wind in his face on his motorcycle.

In his early 20’s Duane finally started to show interest in the guitar, which him and Gregg would fight over until Geraldine bought him a Gibson Les Paul Junior and it was all up hill from there…

The two boys grew up idolizing legends like BB King and really gravitated to the deep, raspy tones carried through the blues. Duane soon became the better of the two brothers, quit high school to focus on his passion at his fingertips and played shows in the area as the Escorts, later known as the Allman Joys. It’s hard to think that Duane Allman was all of 24 years old when he tragically died in a motorcycle accident on October 29th, 1971. How is it possible for a man to accomplish so much in so little time? In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Duane Allman has the second greatest guitarist to ever play, with only Jimi Hendrix ahead of him. Second greatest guitarist ever. And he didn’t even make it to 25. That’s almost unfathomable. And yet, we have the proof. “Skydog”, as he was affectionately known, left behind a body of work that is simply breathtaking. Much of that work, perhaps the most beloved by his fans, came as a member of the band he co-founded with his brother Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band. But he also left behind a host of session work backing up musicians like Aretha Franklin and King Curtis. And there’s also his simply stunning contributions to Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Eric Clapton. “Layla” itself would simply not be the paragon of rock music that it is without Duane Allman’s immaculate slide guitar contributions. Eric Clapton found a kindred spirit in Duane Allman, and even tried to convince him to become a regular member of his band.

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After teaching himself slide guitar with a pill bottle, Duane’s sound eventually caught the ear and eye of Fame Studios which led him to Wilson Pickett. Even Clapton was mesmerized by his iconic lead break at the end of Wilson Pickett’s “Hey Jude.”

After a year with Muscle Shoals, Duane felt frustrated with the limits the studio time brought him so he decided to call Gregg and bring buddies Betts and Oakley to finally form the Allman Brothers Band in 1969.

The Allman Brothers Band played with Clapton’s Derek and the Dominos and the two became fast friends, bonded by their talents but the two never had the chance to tour with each other due to Duane’s untimely death…

On October 29th, 1971, Duane took a spin around Macon, Georgia on his motorcycle, but while headed down Hillcrest Avenue he unexpectedly met a large flatbed truck and had to swerve out of the way to miss it but unfortunately made some type of contact with either the crane or the bed of the truck which threw him from the bike with a dangerous force. The motorcycle was also launched in the air from the crash and ended up landing on Duane and crushing his internal organs. Although Duane was alive when he was found, he passed away hours later from internal bleeding and other internal complications.He changed our lives forever with his musical influence and wonderful talents.

Recorded at the Fillmore East concert hall, the storied rock venue in New York City, on Friday and Saturday March 12th, 1971–March 13th, 1971, the album showcased the band’s mixture of blues, southern rock, and jazz. “The true brilliance of this live recording is in the shorter pieces. The longer pieces (“Whipping Post,” “You Don’t Love Me,” and “Mountain Jam”) have their moments, but those moments are diluted in the self indulgent noodling typical of many 1970’s live performances. If The Allman Brothers Band: The Fillmore Concerts contained only “Statesboro Blues,” “Stormy Monday” and “One Way Out,” it would still have a place as one of the finest live recordings ever released.

“Statesboro Blues” and “One Way Out” have Duane Allman’s dense and precise slide guitar pitted against Richard Betts’ round lead guitar, with “One Way Out” providing Betts with his finest recorded guitar solo. “Stormy Monday” juxtaposes Allman and Bett’s distinct lead styles in an orgy of perfect blues phrasing. Gregg Allman’s jazzy organ interlude is an added delight.”

The history of the Allman Brothers in a pop up video with the song “Statesboro Blues” check out the new book/box set of the conclusive release of the historic Fillmore East Recordings from 1971, now to be reissued as a six disc set

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Live At Fillmore East the double live album by The Allman Brothers Band. The band’s breakthrough success, At Fillmore East was released in July 1971. It ranks Number 49 among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and remains among the top-selling albums in the band’s catalogue. The original album was released in both conventional two-channel stereo and four-channel quadraphonic mixes. This album has been certified as platinum by the RIAA as of August 25, 1992.

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