Seriously. When you have a music collection that’s several hundred gigs…and not to mention the thousands of records, it gets tough trying to remember the best ones without a little help.
Recorded at the Fillmore East in 1971, this concert captures the band’s original line up of Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jai Johnson. It was the last set ever played at the Fillmore East before it was shut down…and around three months before Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Ga. A year later a traffic accident would also claim the life of Berry Oakley. The band that remains today is good, but not nearly as young, hungry and complete as it was here.
But this concert captures what is, for me at least, the original Allman Brothers displaying what made them so special in the first place. Excellent musicianship, amazing jams and that southern tinged jazz rock and blues that really made them famous. Even Bill Graham, the man who had seen it all in the music industry, was blown away by their performance. The guitar work here is stunning…especially on Statsboro Blues and Whipping post, but it’s the 12 minute version of In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed that really hits all the right notes.
Better yet, you get a smoking 18 minute version of You Don’t Love Me to top off the whole show.
There are a couple of recordings of this performance available, the commercial release of The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East is nice, but shortened with editing and mainly culled from the first nights show. Then you have The Fillmore Concerts which have much more material and are more even then the first release, but are still edited down a bit and mixed from two nights. Why record company’s insist on this is beyond me.
This bootleg version is an excellent soundboard recording and covers the real last show in all it’s glory. If you like the Allman Brothers, want to like the Allman Brothers or even just like a solid jam session…you do a lot worse than grabbing this little nugget HERE 1, HERE 2, HERE 3, HERE 4 and HERE 5.
You may remember I posted Neil’s monster mix Original a long time ago…and with good reason. Many Dj’s had taken the concept of mixing original songs withe the hip hop songs that sampled them, but none of them had pulled it off with as much flair as DJ Neil Armstrong of the infamous 5th Platoon.
But that isn’t to say he is just a hip hop DJ. In fact, from listening to any of his many mixes, a portrait emerges of a man who just loves music…all kinds of music. Rock, funk, pop, soul, R&B, electro, 80′s music and comedy skits. Many of his mixes revolve around a theme…Warmfuzzy contained songs that would make you feel good, Bittersweet was all break up songs while Filthy was almost all rock and roll. Below is a sample of what you’ll get.
But what all these mixes have in common is the quality of his selections and the care he takes in putting a mix together. These aren’t mixes done in an hour on a laptop, he puts a lot into them…which is why he doesn’t release them as often as I’d wish. I currently have them all…as well as a few other radio shows I’ve picked up as they’ve come along, but Neil is smart enough to ask you to pay for the work he’s done and he has a little store where you can pick up the more ambitious titles in his catalog (they are worth it if you are wondering.)
But on a recent perusal of his website the other day I discovered a neat little page titled podcasts, which contained a wealth of mixes I hadn’t seen before. Most are radio shows or live club shows, but also a great copy of Warmfuzzy(one of my favorites) a wedding mix he did for one of his crew and a couple of remix projects too.
He is currently the tour DJ for Jay Z, and is doing promotions for Adidas because he is a bad ass. So if you love all music too, and want to get some ipod food for the weekend, you could do a lot worse than checking in with DJ Neil Armstrong.