Happy 45th Anniversary to ‘The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East’

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If you’re looking for a debate, you can discuss the greatest live rock albums of all time. There are many fine candidates — Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat certainly comes to mind — but many will point to March 12th and 13th, 1971, and The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East.

The shows didn’t seem overly important at the time. The advertisements read: “Bill Graham Presents in New York — Johnny Winter And, Elvin Bishop Group, Extra Added Attraction: Allman Brothers.” And the Brothers were paid $1250 for each night!

The Allmans played so many spectacular shows over the decades, but these snapshots in time offer a brilliant look into the evolving rock scene in the early ’70s and a band who had surfaced only a year prior on the national scene.

There are numerous variations of the original recording now available on CD and digital media.

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The album was released in July 1971. Happy 45th Anniversary to The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East!


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