26 May 2016

#538 :: LIVE BLUES RECORDING :: The Allman Brothers Band LIVE (1971)

The Blues Room, 25 May 2016
Episode #538

We will bring you a live blues recording on the last week of each month and you're more than welcome to message us any recommendations. You'll want to turn this one up, its awesome!

The Allman Brothers Band – Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971
The Allman Brothers Band have released a vintage live album recorded at A&R Studios in New York City in 1971. The set features the original line up of the band and marks the final NYC performance from the late Duane Allman. The live radio broadcast, which originally aired on WPLJ, features the band steamrolling through a set of songs and its smokin' from start to finish. The recording was widely bootlegged, but has been remixed from the original multi-track recording.

It features ABB’s original line up: Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks. It marks the last NYC performance of guitarist Duane Allman, who died eight weeks later in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 2, 1971 at the age of 24.

One stand out moment of the recording is a tribute to the late-King Curtis. The R&B saxophonist was murdered on his New York doorstep just two weeks before the Allmans’ broadcast. The band honored the legend by performing an epic 19-plus-minute medley of Willie Cobb’s “You Don’t Love Me” and Curtis’ 1964 instrumental “Soul Serenade.”

Drummer and co-founder Butch Trucks shared his memories of that live broadcast with Rolling Stone. He said, “We were set up in that studio just like we did on stage. But it was better. Rather than having their backs to me, the front line – Duane, Dickey and Berry – was facing us in kind of a semi-circle, which made it even easier to communicate. When I play, I stare at the left hand of whoever is playing lead. And I get to know what people are playing well enough that when they start going somewhere, once they arrive, I’m already there.”

For more details about ABB and to purchase this album please visit:

1. Statesboro Blues
2. Trouble No More
3. Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
4. Done Somebody Wrong
5. One Way Out
6. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
7. Stormy Monday
8. Medley- You Don't Love Me- (Soul Serenade)
9. Hot 'Lanta

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