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A fantastic archive release from the Allmans' own label, this is one of their greatest available live performances and strongly recommended to anyone who likes At Fillmore East. However, these are soundboard recordings on 2-track 1/4 inch tape so the sound is not quite in the same league. The opening Statesboro Blues starts off sounding quite rough in fact, but within less than a half a minute the sound has improved considerably and by the fourth track you'd have to be fairly picky to complain much, given the quality of the performance. The only real criticism once they've sorted the sound out is that the drums - bizarrely for a band with two drummers - are way too low in the mix throughout. The guitars, on the other hand, are loud and clear. In terms of content, the entire first disc (with the exception of a fine early version of Dickey Betts's Blue Sky, a very rare recording of a live performance featuring Duane Allman) is blues. Apart from You Don't Love Me, which starts well and has some other good sections but gets over-noodly where the rhythm section drops out, it's dazzling stuff, the sound of the whole band on inspired form stretching out in the confident knowledge that everyone else has their back; the guitar duelling between Duane and Dickey Betts is frequently stunning. In the middle of the first disc, Done Somebody Wrong and a blistering One Way Out are particularly fine. The shorter second disc features just two tracks, an amazing Duane slide fest on Dreams and a consistently inspired In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed. In contrast to You Don't Love Me, these emphatically don't outlive their welcome over their respective 19 minutes - not only does the soloing remain inspirational throughout but they keep focused on the song and don't lose their shape. In the absence of a track list, here are the contents:

Disc 1
Statesboro Blues (4:16)
Trouble No More (4:00)
Don't Keep Me Wondering (3:47)
Done Somebody Wrong (3:54)
One Way Out (5:08)
Blue Sky (11:26)
Stormy Monday (8:53)
You Don't Love Me (25:47)

Disc 2
Dreams (19:37)
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (19:43)

This album showcases the original Allmans line-up at the peak of their powers, less than 6 weeks before Duane's death. No doubt the drug issues partly responsible for their decline over the next few years would still have been present had Duane and Berry Oakley survived, but on the evidence here (and, to be fair, on nearly all the original band's recordings) there's also no question that we tragically lost two great musicians and a potential heap of great music. I've marked it down a star for the bootleg sound quality (the better parts probably rate 7/10; the first 30 seconds of Statesboro Blues perhaps 4 or 5) but any fan of the original Allmans should just be thankful we have this recording at all and the vast majority of it is very far from a chore to listen to.
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on 11 May 2012
Sound quality is far from the best, but if like me you are a big fan you'll love this one. All the ABB classics but quite different versions of the songs in many cases. Duane sounds terrific!
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on 7 March 2014
By it's own admission, the first couple of tracks aren't perfect, but it soon improves. The highlight must be the version of Blue Sky, I believe the only live version with Duane that they've released. Duane introduces it as a new song. Just over a month later he would be gone, and some of the longer workouts here showcase him at his best,
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on 25 February 2014
Fantastic show, worth the price alone for "blue sky" played live, sad to think duane was gone a month after this, these guys really could rock like no others in their original line up:)
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on 29 July 2013
The second and last of the ones with Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Brand. This recording on 19th September was only 6 weeks before his tragic death on 29th October, and the last live recording that I am aware of. Absolutely essential and the band give their usual fantastic performance. Main problem with this is the quality of the recording, particularly at the start of the show - it gradually improves so that it becomes fine. First CD 75 minutes of great show, second CD is short - only 39 minutes composed of two tracks: "Dreams" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reid", both show the band at the top of their ability.
The recording glitches mentioned above bothered the band throughout as can be heard on the tape.
Although I should down grade the 5* rating due to the recording problems, the main thing is the bands performance - quite superb, and unmissable. He will (as will Berry Oakley) be sorely missed. A very great band destroyed by bad luck.
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