New York, NY (June 25, 2019)—The Allman Brothers Band Recording Company has announced the release of a four-CD set of previously unheard live music recorded less than two months before the band’s At Fillmore East, which Rolling Stone has dubbed the second-best live album ever released.
Released on September 6 as part of the ongoing celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary, in conjunction with distributor The Orchard, the new set, Fillmore West ’71, was recorded during shows on January 29, 30 and 31, 1971 at promoter Bill Graham’s legendary San Francisco venue. The band played second on the bill between headliners Hot Tuna and the Trinidad Tripoli Street Band. The new package features a front cover photo of Duane Allman from Jim Marshall Photography taken during the three-night run.
The collection was compiled from two-track soundboard reel-to-reel masters tracked down by the band’s official archivist, Kirk West, who discovered them in the possession of former band crew members Twiggs Lyndon, Joe Dan Petty and Mike Callahan. The tapes, stored for safekeeping, reportedly required extensive restoration before release.
The new compilation’s track list is very similar to At Fillmore East and includes Allman Brothers Band live staples such as “Statesboro Blues,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Stormy Monday” and set closer “Whipping Post” from multiple nights at the Fillmore West. It also includes versions of “Midnight Rider” and “Don’t Keep Me Wondering,” which were previously heard only in later editions of the Fillmore East recordings. The new collection also includes a bonus track, a previously unreleased version of “Mountain Jam” recorded at the Warehouse in New Orleans in March 1970 that clocks in at 45 minutes long.
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