Allman Brothers

This album gives fans who weren't around 35 years ago a chance to hear the Allman Brothers band at their grittiest. I suppose even those who were around to hear them 35 years ago will also get a kick out of this recording. This show was performed merely a year or so after they formed as a band and it is great to hear how fresh they sounded then. While this album, the first release from the Allman Brothers own record label, is not as crisp-sounding as the Fillmore album, it is still worth a listen. It was in between shows at the Fillmore East in New York, that this album was captured. Three months later, the band performed its legendary and highly successful, Live at the Fillmore album. The performance at American University is a fierce sampling of what was to follow. The set list is made up of some great songs including Statesboro Blues, Trouble No More, Stormy Monday and a whopping 20 minute version of Whippin' Post. The show took place in a gymnasium, the old 1000 seat Leonard Gym, at American University in Washington D.C. At the time tickets were a mere $3.25 and to boot, the band played two half-sold shows that night!

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