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The Long-Awaited Version
on 15 May 2014
Previously-issued versions of this DVD were shortened and the music was interrupted by interviews. Finally they have released the original longform video version of the concert, which was previously only available on VHS and Laserdisc. I watched it for the first time last night, and it is great.
There still seems to be a lot of confusion about the length of this DVD. Amazon says it is 55 minutes; the cover notes say 80 minutes (approx.); amazingly, both are incorrect. I checked the length when I watched it last night, and can confirm that the concert footage runs for exactly 90 minutes (Perfect!). I can also confirm that there are no interruptions whatsoever to the concert footage.
This is a great concert. Filmed in Massachusetts in 1991 in front of 20,000 fans (who seem to be nearly all men for some reason!), this concert was originally recorded for Japanese TV. It features one of the great line-ups of the Allman Brothers Band, with both Dickie Betts and Warren Haynes on lead guitars. Warren is also a great asset because of his vocals, particularly when he teams up with Greg, as their voices blend together so well. The line-up also includes Marc Quinones on percussion, and he was a tremendous addition to the band. One of the great things about this video is that it is nice to watch the Allmans playing so many of Dickie Betts' songs.
This is turning out to be a good year for Allmans fans, with this release as well as the '40th Anniversary Concert', which I haven't seen yet. Finally, I would just stress the caveat that others have made. Be sure you order the 2014 issue (with the blue and white date sticker on the front), because older versions of this DVD are inferior.