More Allman Brothers Band Recordings? Why, Yes, Please!
The Final Note, a recording of a portion of Duane Allman’s last performance with The Allman Brothers Band, will be released along with a band-favorite show from 2005 featuring the lineup that carried the band from 2000 until their final shows in 2014.
The show with Duane Allman was recorded in part at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, Maryland, on October 17, 1971. Allman would die of injuries from his motorcycle crash just 12 days later. The recording was made by Sam Idas, a radio journalist who was there to interview the band using his cassette recorder; he was able to capture seven songs from the concert. Idas explained via press release:
“My only intention was to record the interview. This was a brand-new cassette recorder with an internal microphone, and I had one 60-minute cassette tape. I was sitting there with the recorder in my lap, and I remember thinking ‘Why don’t I try this out? I can record the concert!’ It was a totally spontaneous decision. I’d been to many concerts, but this was the only time I had the thought—and the motivation—to record the show.”
An ABB statement enthused that, “despite the obvious limitations that come with a 50-year-old cassette tape, modern technological enhancements help restore the magic of this significant night.”
The founding members of The Allman Brothers Band were Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, Duane Allman, and Dickey Betts.
The later show, from July 19, 2005, at the Warner Theatre in Erie, Pennsylvania, was, as noted by ABB manager Bert Holman:
“…long hailed as one of their best ever by the band members themselves. I was feeling it while they were playing. Ultimately, I knew it had been a great night when they started coming off the stage and everyone was like, ‘Man, that was a great show!’ I remember [bassist] Oteil [Burbridge] and [guitarist] Derek [Trucks] particularly being pumped about it, [guitarist Warren] Haynes was pleased, and [drummer] Butch [Trucks] was just raving about how over-the-top the show was. They all told me that they needed a copy of the show, which says a lot right there.”
From 2000 to the final Beacon run, The Allman Brothers Band featured Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quiñones, Derek Trucks, and Warren Haynes.
The Final Note
October 17, 1971 Tracklist
[Statesboro Blues, Trouble No More, Don’t Keep Me Wondering, One Way Out, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, Hot ’Lanta, Whipping Post]
July 19, 2005 Tracklist
[Mountain Jam, Statesboro Blues, Firing Line, Good Morning Little School Girl, Midnight Rider, The High Cost of Low Loving, Trouble No More, Mountain Jam (Reprise), Melissa, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’]
[Into the Mystic, Dreams, Leave My Blues At Home, Jabuma, Leave My Blues At Home (Reprise), Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (featuring Susan Tedeschi), Jessica, One Way Out]
[Feature image is by John Gellman. He and I worked together briefly on a proposed publication called Music World.]