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The Fillmore Concerts [Box set, Import]

Allman Brothers Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000001E0D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Statesboro Blues
2. Trouble No More
3. Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
4. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
5. One Way Out
6. Done Somebody
7. Stormy Monday
8. You Don't Love Me
Disc: 2
1. Hot 'Lanta
2. Whipping Post
3. Mountain Jam
4. Drunken Hearted Boy

Product Description

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Fillmore Concerts (1993 German 12-track double CD set compiled from five performances recorded 12 & 13th March and 27th June 1971 housed inside a fat double CD case with an 8-page booklet)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I know most die-hard fans don't favour this live set over the original Fillmore release. Also there are those who complain that the recordings have been chopped up and generally messed about with. Well actually there are only two tracks where any editing was done, and the rest of the time we get either the original recordings or alternative Fillmore records (from other nights during the band's residency), that are considered by the producer to be stronger performances - due to the limited time and only basic equipment he and the band had available at the time the original album was edited.

No I can't fault the album for any of those reasons, my gripe is that despite the superb musicianship on display, the inclusion of two VERY long tracks is just one too many - halfway through Mountain Jam (which runs in at 33.47) I simply give up the will to live. No doubt on the night following copious inhalation of the right kind of 'baccie' brilliant, but not really the same effect listening to a commercially issued CD release in the car / lounge / headphones etc.

An earlier reviewer complained that Hot Lanta was just a jam, well my friend what do you think Whipping Post and Mountain Jam are then, in fact I think you'll find that's what The Allman Bros did best!!

Aside from the two mammoth workouts this album works really well and contains some excellent performances and, in my view, is a worthy release in its own right.

Don't be put off by the other - more dyed-in-the-wool Allman Brothers Band fans, listen to this set for yourself and make up your own mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who want MORE Fillmore 22 May 2002
By Muddy Moe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let me try to address some stuff not emphasized in other reviews:
1) Yeah, it lives up to the hype. Unless you don't like jam songs or blues at all, you should love it. 90% of blues rock bores me silly and I still love this. It's exceptional music and is rightfully placed in Amazon's "Essential" camp.
2) Do you need the Fillmore Concerts over the shorter/cheaper Fillmore East? Maybe. It's chief advantage is it's longer. Also, the mix is more balanced, which bothers some because the guitars are less prominent. I prefer it. The rhythm section, especially Berry Oakley, is too often overlooked in reviews of this album and they are just as important as the guitar players to the music. More casual fans may prefer the shorter/cheaper "Fillmore East" album, which contains the choicest cuts.
3) Two tracks, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "You Don't Love Me" are pieced together digitally from multiple takes. The result is very pleasing music indeed, but some may be bothered by this digital manipulation of a so called "live" song. It's still "live," in a certain sense, but manipulated to include the producer's best picks from both takes. I should point out MOST (literally) live albums contain some studio manipulation. The original Fillmore East contained whole tracks; not digitally pieced together. I'll let you decide if this bothers you or not. I cannot hear any splicing. They did a good job blending the takes but I would have preferred whole takes.
4) If you don't have any Allman Brother's Band (ABB) albums, start with this or Fillmore East (the shorter/cheaper version). If you don't like this, you won't like ABB at all. But, don't worry . . . you will like it.
54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One to Buy 15 May 2001
By John Ratliff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It was with some hesitatation that I bought this album, given some of the criticisms below. And the first time I put it on the stereo and cranked up "Statesboro Blues," it seemed very strange, after listening to the original "Live at Fillmore East" mix about a thousand times. Guitars are not as prominent; drums are much clearer, as is Greg's organ. But as someone else said, it really does sound more like a concert, and I've grown to appreciate how this mix allows you to hear the entire band. I really like the way the cuts flow into each other and you can really kick back for a 2 hour plus concert.
Duane was in a class by himself, but his great accomplishment was to build a band worthy of his abilities on the guitar. The only album that I can think of that comes close to this one is "Kind of Blue:" really a magical encounter of the most talented musicians grooving with each other. The difference here is how ABB transcended musical genre, fusing jazz, blues, acid rock and R&B into something very great, and a lot of fun.
Only disappointment: I do miss the audience members yelling "Whipping Post."
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hall of Fame Set 23 Mar 2007
By Rick T - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are enough detailed reviews here for you to be informed about the content. I'm just adding that I rank this as one of the best rock, blues-rock discs of all time. It also makes the list as one of the very best live performance recordings of all time. Even if you are hardcore fan of another style you will surely appreciate this for it's expression as art. I've been listening to the Fillmore shows since the original release in '71. I keep coming back for more. This expanded edition is the ESSENTIAL now.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How's it Different ... 12 Sep 2011
By Phil Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A Lot has been written about what's in this particular 2 CD set re: versions , mixes , extras, omissions etc and how it all stacks up against the previously released Fillmore CD's .
I'm sure somewhere in the 77 reviews there is enough information to assemble a fairly accurate understanding . I'll try to set it straight in just one review.

About the previous releases :

A) The "Live at the Fillmore" CD is the same mixes / same tunes / same versions as the original LP released in 1971

B) How is "The Fillmore Deluxe" CD different than that ?

The "Fillmore Deluxe CD" contains All of the original Mixes and Versions taken from the Fillmore East Shows done in March 1971

(Except for One Way Out and Midnight Rider which were taken from their set at the final 6-27-71 closing of the Fillmore East show
And THAT whole set/ show ( 6-27-71) is now available as the 2nd CD in the"Deluxe Eat a Peach" CD release - with some minor omissions )

ALL of those "Fillmore Deluxe" mixes / versions were previously released on the following LP's:

"Live at the Fillmore": 1971, ( statesboro blues, done somebody wrong, stormy monday, you don't love me, hot lanta, elizabeth reed, whipping post)
"Eat a Peach" :1972 (trouble no more, one way out, mountain jam)
Duane Allman Anthology 1: 1972 (don't keep me wondering)
Duane Allman Anthology 2 : 1974 (midnight rider)
plus the unreleased 'Drunken Hearted Boy' w/ Elvin Bishop which closed the Fillmore run 3/71.

If you want something that feels and sounds like the original LP and has all of the extra tunes .... The "Deluxe" is the one .... THAT is as close as you are going to get with a CD.

C ) So How does this "Fillmore Concerts" CD different than those ?

1) You get a Different Mix :

a) drums and bass are more prominent
b) More upper mids in the guitar EQ ; Duane's Tone is more open and textured
( it's probably the best Tone he never actually got )
c) Dickie's Tone is more over driven ( probably a mic from another amp / cabinet mixed in)
and both guitars were probably altered to sit in the mix with the more prominent bass / drums.
d) more ambient room sound

2) Alternate Song Versions :

a) "Trouble No More" is looser than than the previously released live version
b) "Stormy Monday" includes the Harmonica solo that was omitted in the original LP / previous CD versions ( for good reason )
c) "Hot Lanta" : a pointless inclusion here with the novel sax. Saxes were used on the Friday night shows that rendered those performances unusable because they were out of tune.
d)" You Don't Love Me" has a looser edit / mix which includes Berry Oakley's bass at the first breakdown before Duanes first "Solo" spot.

Though Novel , they should have stuck with the previously released versions of those ... but with the alternate/ new mix..... THAT would have been a great sounding record.

3) Contrary to the liner notes :

"Elizabeth Reed" Is NOT some new performance / version.

"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" is the Very SAME 'performance' as the original LP and all the various CD's to follow since its release in 1971.

As hard as that is to believe, Tom Dowd obviously forgot to go back and listen to the mix of the original LP and discover he had already done that splice / edit back in 1971.
Splicing the two different performances .... taking Duane's solo from the night before and splicing it on to the Sat night performance to 'create' the 'version' everyone has heard since its 1971 release.

4) Omissions :

a) The Midnight Rider : that appears on The Deluxe CD
b) the classic pre Whipping Post banter

5) Extras:

a) Drunken Hearted Boy is also given the new mix ( though the song does appear on the Deluxe CD too )
b) One Way Out is the same version from 6-27-71 that 1st appeared on Eat a Peach and also on the Deluxe CD , BUT with the new mix / EQ

6) So Why get "The Fillmore Concerts" ?

For the guitar tones alone it really is the best one. I've got all 3 versions and the LP since 1972 but still, This mix is the best one for me.
( It's just not the Original Mix which some maybe so ' attached' to )

It's too bad about the inclusion of the inferior versions and edits , they should have stuck with the previously released performances but with the new mix for all.
It comes with a nice booklet though some of the pics are taken from 1972-3

If you are a real fan I would get it just to have it

If you are new to the ABB you may want to start with the other Fillmore CD's or even Eat a Peach to get an over all view of the band( studio and live , with and w/o Duane ).
If you like it, you may find yourself getting this one anyway.

Either way, Those Fillmore shows catch this band at some of its 'finest hours'.

7) These guys did a lot to transcend the Southern Rock label that ( unfairly and non descriptively ) came later.

They were visionary and artistic in their arrangements ( in that regard, these guys were closer to Weather Report ).

Their influences ran from jazz to indian to country to soul to gospel to blues and R&B.

With these recordings, they set a bar line that Nobody ( including themselves ) has matched since.
Just because some of these tunes may have lasted 10-20 minutes, they were in No way some 'Jam Band'.

They were in a whole other league, they were very compositional in the 'improv' sections of these tunes and THESE guys actually had something to say.

As Tom Dowd says in the liner notes 'it's his favorite fusion (of styles) album'.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (Not So) Simply the Best 28 Jan 2006
By Richard B. Luhrs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The 1971 ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND AT FILLMORE EAST album is (duly) famous enough, and enough has been written about it, that little need be said concerning the music contained in this package. Yes, it's the greatest live rock album - possibly the greatest rock album, period - by the greatest rock band led by the greatest guitarist ever, and after thirty-five years it's pretty obvious that no serious contender for any of those titles is going to appear in this lifetime. If you haven't heard these recordings before, buy them in whatever form you can. If you have, then THE FILLMORE CONCERTS is probably the most convenient and best-assembled way to own them.

Augmenting AT FILLMORE EAST with material edited out of the original LP and CD ("Stormy Monday" is about two minutes longer), as well as performances later released on EAT A PEACH and DREAMS, THE FILLMORE CONCERTS more than doubles the running time of what was already a double album; but as noted in many previous reviews, the expansion comes at a price for the purist. A few moments of between-song chatter ("'Whipping Post!' 'Whipping Post!'") have been deleted; a different version of the instrumental "Hot 'Lanta" (neither better nor worse) has been substituted for the original in an apparent - and, alas, successful - effort to snare hardcores who already own everything else here; and the incredible "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," as the liner notes go to great lengths to inform us, has been reassembled from two separate performances, though I can't for the life of me hear the difference. These are, of course, matters of concern only for us fanatics; but a quick scan of this page shows just how many of us are out there - and suggests how many more are yet to be created.

With at least three different versions of these spectacular performances currently available, newcomers really do have a choice to make, while diehards have little choice but to throw up our hands and buy everything. Why the complete set of Fillmore concerts still has yet to be released as a box set is a mystery; surely no music could be more worthy of such treatment, nor more guaranteed to sell. Until that time, however, THE FILLMORE CONCERTS fills a very real need in fine fashion. Play all night!
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