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the allman brothers – in memory of duane allman – last concert at the fillmore east 1971(bootleg)

I figured I might eventually get around to the Allman Brothers…but with a concise note from Dave on my Suggest an Album Everyone Should Hear page, I finally made it so.

Thanks for the note Dave!

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.


songs everyone should own: mighty mike – pressure time

Mighty Mike kills it here.

Queen and David Bowie + MGMT = end of the night dancefloor demolisher.

Nuff said.


dangermouse vs jay z – the grey album

So Carmaggedon came and went and was as underwhelming as you would expect an event to be when it doesn’t even remotely live up to the hype.  Everyone listened to the warnings and stayed home in droves.  If it was up to me, Id have a Carmaggedon every month.  Seems like a good way to get people to slow down here in LA and get their collective shit together.

But moving on to this weeks offering, I bring you the now legendary 2004 bootleg of DJ Dangermouse’s – The Grey Album.

For this album to happen, a couple of stars needed to align at the right time.  First and foremost was Jay Z’s decision to not only release the Black Album…but to release the whole thing as an accapella album as well.  In the past, different artists had released accapellas of singles here and there, but this was unprecedented.  At the time the mash up craze was also going on and DJ Dangermouse had a brainstorm of mixing the Beatles – The White Album with Jay Z’s – The Black Album…and The Grey Album was born.

But The Beatles catalog was a sampling no no.  It was expensive to get the right to even a single bit of Beatle, let alone a whole album.  So Dangermouse took his tracks and his gigantic set of balls and just released the damn thing.  Initially put out as a limited run available only at a select set of internet distributors, the album took off like a rocket and became one of the top ten albums of 2004.

EMI sent a cease and desist letter, but the cat was already out of the bag…and once something is on the internet it’s really hard to make it go away.

But where most artists would have just made a simple Beatles loop, added some beats and threw Jay Z over the top, Dangermouse’s work went far deeper on production.  He took bits and pieces from all over the sprawling White Album and created something new and wonderful…you can tell this was not a slapped together one off.   It’s a welcome addition to any collection, be they Beatles fans or Jay Z’s fan.

Better yet, you can download the fucker HERE.  Thanks internets…and the always fabulous!

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