Album review

Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East

Together with The Grateful Dead, the Allmans are widely blamed for today's proliferation of pointless jam bands. Rather unfair for, as Live At Fillmore East proves, the Allmans' southern blues-rock improvisations always took place within carefully structured parameters. This "Deluxe Edition" adds half a dozen extra tracks, three of which originally appeared on Eat A Peach, including the audacious 34-minute extemporisation around "First There Is A Mountain", which is almost longer than Donovan's entire career. The additions are far from arbitrary, for the extra tracks were all recorded at the same Fillmore gigs. The result is a newly coherent two-and-a-half-hour concert experience.

Rating: 4 / 10


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