The Allman Brothers Band
Live At The Atlanta International Pop Festival
At the risk of sounding cliche, or even worse, like a fan-boy who lives and breathes in peach hues and mushroom induced hallucinations of grandeur, I just gotta say this is one of the most exciting items for fans of the Brothers to come along since the “Dreams” box backin - what was it - 1989.
It’s the original Allman Brothers Band, and yes, that means Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Berry Oakley, and Skydog himself Duane Allman, along with honorary Brother Thom Doucette on harp. The boys kicked some major booty at The Atlanta Pop Festival, and how all of the music from both of their sets is available for the first time anywhere.
The shows, recorded on July 3rd and 5th, 1970, feature a pair of excellent “Mountain Jams,” including a guest on the 5th, one marvelous blues rock guitar slinger named Johnny Winter. Both shows feature “Statesboro Blues,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin,” and “Whipping Post,” all along with the between song banter true fans crave. Duane saying “we need more monitors.” Things like that. Also included are “Trouble No More,” “Dreams,” “Every Hungry Woman,” Hoochie Coochie Man,” (with Duane wailing his heart out”, and a smooth “Stormy Monday.” Kids, to be honest, it’s almost too much for my 46-year old heart to take. A trip back to my youth, if you will.
It’s amazing, the quality of the recording, given that it was 33 years ago, and the performances are hot, straight from the time just before the Brothers recorded the legendary Fillmore East record.
Atlanta Pop Festival is nothing less than an indispensible release for Peach Heads the world over - a historic masterpiece.
-Michael Buffalo Smith