Allman Brothers Band
Fillmore East, February 1970
First Appeared in The Music Box, August 1997, Volume 4, #8
Written by John Metzger
As long-time fans of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band know, in February 1970, the groups joined forces for three nights of epic performances at the Fillmore East in New York City. Portions of the Grateful Dead's February 13th and 14th performances have already been released as Bear's Choice and Dick's Picks Volume Four. Now, thanks to Bear and archivist Dick Latvala, some outtakes from the Allman Brothers performances at these legendary concerts are now available through Grateful Dead Merchandising.
Aptly titled Fillmore East, February 1970, the disc opens with a scorching rendition of In Memory of Elizabeth Reed that simply grooves. Dickey Betts and Duane Allman are magnificent, as they play with reckless abandon, yet tightly in synch. The highlight of this album, however, is the nearly 31-minute Mountain Jam that drips with an colorfully electrified intensity. indeed, the Allman Brothers Band takes the Donovan-penned song and mutates it into its own magical panorama of sound. The dual guitars of Betts and Allman dodge and weave through Berry Oakley's bass line, leading the ensemble to the outer reaches of the tune and beyond as its traverses through a Miles Davis-style jam á la Bitches Brew.
1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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