Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Allman Brothers Band - Live at Fillmore East (1971)



I wouldn't consider myself a Southern Rock Guy, but this is bluesy enough for me to enjoy. These live performances give the band multiple opportunities to stretch out on some blues solos, extending some songs to the 20 minute mark. I'll be honest: I love the blues, I appreciate the blues, I can't listen to the blues for very long without tiring of the blues. I don't know if I would have appreciated this in my younger days (I would have absolutely hated it in 1971), but I enjoy listening to this every now and then. Dickey Betts and Duane Allman could sure handle a guitar.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #13

Tracks: The CD I own has 7 tracks (other releases have more). My favorites are Statesboro Blues and Done Somebody Wrong along with the cornerstones of this disc: In Memory of Elizabeth Reed and Whipping Post (it has been a while since I had to figure out such things, but is the intro to Whipping Post in 11/8 time?). I'm sure many will disagree with me, but I think You Don't Love Me is self-indulgent.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I was unfamiliar with this work until I was sitting on my friend James' back porch one hot summer evening in the early 2000's and he was playing this CD. I asked him who it was and he told me with a look of disbelief, as if I should have been intimately familiar with this music. I felt ignorant, which, in a way, I was.

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