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The Allman Brothers Band closed out 45 years at 1:30 am this morning at the Beacon Theater in New York City.  Fittingly on the 43rd anniversary of Duane Allman's death.

Rolling Stone with the review

Final set List:

First Set
"Little Martha"
"Mountain Jam"
"Don't Want You No More"
"It's Not My Cross to Bear"
"One Way Out"
"Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl"
"Midnight Rider"
"The High Cost of Low Living"
"Hot 'Lanta"
"Blue Sky"
"You Don't Love Me"

Second Set
"Statesboro Blues"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
"Black Hearted Woman"
"The Sky Is Crying"
"Dreams"
"Don't Keep Me Wondering"
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (with drum solos)

Third Set
"Melissa"
"Revival"
"Southbound"
"Mountain Jam"
"Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
"Mountain Jam (reprise)"

Encores
"Whipping Post"
"Trouble No More"

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I wish I had gone!

It seems a lot of people think the Allman Brothers were "southern rock" in the same vein as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, or some other twangy hillbilly crap, In my opinion, there was no comparison at all. The Allman Brothers were geniuses at weaving jazz and even classical music into their blues-based music. Plus, come on, Duane Allman and Eric Clapton? I wish I had been a fly on the wall during the Derek and the Dominos recording sessions.

Listen to "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." I love that improvisational groove. No self-indulgent jamming but a true exploration of what could be done with the theme.

http://youtu.be/abwC5mwlg94

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For those with SiriusXM, the Classic Vinyl station is rebroadcasting the show multiple times starting noon today throughout the weekend.  Worth checking out.  Here are the remaining rebroadcast times:

Wed Oct 29 6:00 pm ET
Thu Oct 30 12:00 am ET
Thu Oct 30 6:00 pm ET
Fri Oct 31 6:00 am ET
Fri Oct 31 10:00 pm ET
Sat Nov 1 4:00 am ET
Sat Nov 1 1:00 pm ET
Sun Nov 2 8:00 am ET
Sun Nov 2 7:00 pm ET

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The Allman Brothers Band closed out 45 years at 1:30 am this morning at the Beacon Theater in New York City.  Fittingly on the 43rd anniversary of Duane Allman's death.

Rolling Stone with the review

I just learned that an old friend hit the Beacon for the last show.  He bought a scalper ticket outside.  It was a forgery.  He got to finger the scalper for the cops.  No money on the scalper.  damn.   He had a connection that the Cops respected.  They got him into the show to watch on one side while standing.  He saw all the sets.

The old friend said they were every bit as full of energy and drive as when they first came on to the scene 45 years ago.  Bully for the Allman Brothers and bully for my old friend.

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It seems a lot of people think the Allman Brothers were "southern rock" in the same vein as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, or some other twangy hillbilly crap, In my opinion, there was no comparison at all. The Allman Brothers were geniuses at weaving jazz and even classical music into their blues-based music. Plus, come on, Duane Allman and Eric Clapton? I wish I had been a fly on the wall during the Derek and the Dominos recording sessions.

You're right, of course, but there are two weights that will forever be on The Allman Brothers' backs: Jacksonville, FL, and Ramblin' Man. Right or wrong, people are going to remember these, and tend to associate this band with Rockabilly - it would be wise if they began a controlled image campaign, starting immediately, in order to draw in a wider audience going forward.

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You're right, of course, but there are two weights that will forever be on The Allman Brothers' backs: Jacksonville, FL, and Ramblin' Man. Right or wrong, people are going to remember these, and tend to associate this band with Rockabilly - it would be wise if they began a controlled image campaign, starting immediately, in order to draw in a wider audience going forward.

Don, you know a great deal more about classical music than I ever will, but let me help you with the modern stuff.  "Rockabilly" is as  different from "Southern Rock" as "Baroque" is from "Romantic."  All due respect to Al's points, but there is nothing derogatory about the Southern Rock label and I defy you to tell a proud son of Macon, Georgia that they need to get out from under the "southern" label without getting a bottle broken across the bridge of your nose.   (Also, how much wider appeal is a band that had their last hit record in the mid-70s going to earn? How much do they need?)

Also, While Ramblin' Man was their biggest hit, Whippin' Post -- or the whole Fillmore East album -- is what they identified with by people who still care about the band.

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Don, you know a great deal more about classical music than I ever will, but let me help you with the modern stuff.  "Rockabilly" is as  different from "Southern Rock" as "Baroque" is from "Romantic."  

Oh, I totally plead guilty - I don't even know what Rockabilly is; I just used the term because Al Dente mentioned hillbilly.

I don't like anything written after 1800.

But I suspect there's plenty of money to be made from a new generation of people (think The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, etc.; or, if you don't want to go there, The Doors, The Eagles, etc.) - they'll still be making money fifty years from now, I'm sure, and I suspect The Allman Brothers could still make royalties (or appearance money, contract deals, etc.) worth worrying about. I suspect the John Denver estate has made a fair amount of money from the seventh-inning stretch at Orioles games - not tons, but some.

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11 hours ago, Mark Slater said:

That was the month I went off to college. I was going to Fillmore East concerts right up to August 1970. I saw Janis Joplin before she OD'ed. 

Me too.  And Jimi.  Then I went off to Stony Brook, which had a concert series to rival any.  Caught the Allman Bros. there instead.  Glad I only registered for afternoon classes.

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2 hours ago, Steve R. said:

Me too.  And Jimi.  Then I went off to Stony Brook, which had a concert series to rival any.  Caught the Allman Bros. there instead.  Glad I only registered for afternoon classes.

Wow. I also saw Jimi, Cream, Joe Cocker, Mountain (!), Janis, Leon Redbone, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills and Nash, James Taylor. I missed Woodstock, though. 

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1 hour ago, Mark Slater said:

Wow. I also saw Jimi, Cream, Joe Cocker, Mountain (!), Janis, Leon Redbone, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills and Nash, James Taylor. I missed Woodstock, though. 

Did you ever see any shows at the Anderson Theater?

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23 hours ago, Mark Slater said:

Wow. I also saw Jimi, Cream, Joe Cocker, Mountain (!), Janis, Leon Redbone, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills and Nash, James Taylor. I missed Woodstock, though. 

We were probably at a lot of the same concerts.  Saw Cream at Madison Sq. Garden back then with a silly revolving stage.  Also the Bangladesh Concert.  Wound up standing on line with Joe Cocker for a table at Mitali Indian Restaurant on E. 6th St across from the Fillmore.  CS&N did a week at the Fillmore and I caught a couple of these.  If I remember correctly (always a tricky proposition), Mountain's post Woodstock band had a drummer who played with his hands, not drumsticks (Corky?).  I also missed Woodstock.

Over a hundred great concerts all told.  It's a wonder that I ever got thru High School, let alone college, between the music, the tennis/squash & the "recreational" pursuits.

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