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5.0 out of 5 stars Original and best!, 21 Feb. 2003
This review is from: At Fillmore East [DVD AUDIO] (Audio CD)
This is one of the truly great live albums from the rock era, in my opinion only Live Dead comes anywhere near it; and as far as the 'Southern rock' idiom is concerned it is quite simply unsurpassed. There are so many things about their sound which are unique, especially from the contemporary perspective where we have a dearth of artists who are raised on the genuine blues. This stuff really bites. Duane Allman was one of the true greats of the electric blues guitar, he seems literally to fry the air on occasions; and his interplay with the more countryfied Dicky Betts is awesome, just plain spooky at times. It doesn't stop there either. They had a great rhythm section with the two drummers giving the band enormous power and flexibility and Berry Oakley was certainly an outstanding bass player. Gregg has a lovely shade of gravel in his voice too, again the genuine article, like a softer more melancholy Stevie Ray. They really, really swing at times and how many blues bands can you say that about? Check out 'Hot'Lanta', 'Done Somebody Wrong' and the wonderful 'You Don't Love Me' and you'll be tapping your foot for a week. I must admit that I rarely listen to 'Whipping Post', but that has more to do with the quality of the song than the quality of the playing. If you like the idea of blues rock but find so much of it ultimately disappointing then you should definitely invest in this album - it'll keep many a stormy monday in its proper perspective.
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