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Monday, May 18, 2020

The Allman Brothers Band - Live At The Atlanta International Pop Festival (1970 us, fantastic blues psych jam rock, 2003 double disc set)

This double disc was recorded over two days in Atlanta in 1970. The venue was only 14 miles from the Allmans “Big House” in Macon, Georgia. So they feel at home.

Day one features some fine excursions, including a stompin’ version of “Hoochie Coochie Man” with Berry Oakley on vocals. It’s nasty. No other way to describe it. There’s a very nice version of the underrated “Dreams” that clocks in at almost 10 minutes and features solos by Duane and Dickey, and Gregg on vocal and organ. Even though Duane has been dead for more than 30 years, it would be hard to find a rock guitarist who sounds this sweet, but still plays with such incredible power. It’s an easy thing to forget what a magnificent player he was. Easy, that is, until you dial up on a tune with him playing. Anyway, disc one has some great music on it, including a “Mountain Jam” that gets interrupted by the rain.

But it’s disc two that lets you hear the Allman Brothers at their finest. Recorded two days after the first, on this disc they seem more comfortable, and they expand ideas throughout the set. Some of the songs are repeated from the first set, but, as you’d expect from a band that jams this much, things get changed around.

This version of “Statesboro Blues” is guaranteed to knock your socks off and make your rear end move. To really catch what this band is all about at their best, check out July 5th’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” It’s a journey that has a lot of fun stops, and highlights each player’s strengths. It’s a shame some of today’s so-called jam bands can’t capture this feeling. No meandering. Everything, even when it appears to be found by chance, has a purpose.

Disc two also features a very cool version of “Stormy Monday,” a classic take on “Whipping Post,” and a 28-minute “Mountain Jam” with guest Johnny Winter.
Some of this has been bootlegged before, but the sound here is terrific. Kirk West’s liner notes are informative and fun, and there are some great photos in the small booklet. 
by John Heidt, December 2005

Disc 1
1.Introduction - 1:04
2.Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie Mctell) - 6:05
3.Trouble No More (McKinley Morganfield) - 4:04
4.Don't Keep Me Wonderin' (Gregg Allman) - 3:49
5.Dreams (Gregg Allman) - 9:49
6.Every Hungry Woman (Gregg Allman) - 4:31
7.Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon) - 5:29
8.In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Dickey Betts) - 11:35
9.Whipping Post (Gregg Allman) - 14:47
10.Mountain Jam Part I (Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, J. Johnny Johnson, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks) - 10:35
11.Rain Delay - 1:14
12.Mountain Jam Part II (Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, J. Johnny Johnson, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks) - 6:51

Disc 2
1.Introduction - 1:10
2.Don't Keep Me Wonderin' (Gregg Allman) - 4:04
3.Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie Mctell) - 4:25
4.In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Dickey Betts) - 13:14
5.Stormy Monday (T. Bone Walker) - 9:04
6.Whipping Post (Gregg Allman) - 14:23
7.Mountain Jam (Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, J. Johnny Johnson, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks) - 28:20

Allman Brothers Band
*Gregg Allman - Vocals, Hammond B-3 Organ, Keyboards
*Berry Oakley - Vocals, Bass
*Duane Allman, - Guitar
*Dickie Betts - Guitar
*Thom Doucette - Harmonica
*Butch Trucks - Drums, Percussion
*J. Johnny Johnson - Drums, Percussion
*Johnny Winter - Guitar

1968-89  Dreams (4 disc box set) 
1971  S.U.N.Y. at Stonybrook NY
1973  Brothers And Sisters (2013 Japan SHM super deluxe four disc set edition)
1973  Gregg Allman - Laid Back (2016 japan SHM remaster and 2019 double disc remastered and expanded)
1974  Gregg Allman - The Gregg Allman Tour (2008 japan SHM remaster)
1977  The Gregg Allman Band - Playin' Up A Storm
Related Act
1974  Richard Dickey Betts - Highway Call 
1977-78  Dickey Betts - Dickey Betts And Great Southern / Atlanta's Burning Down (2010 Retro World reissue)

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