By January 17, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band experienced proven a sound and a standing that belied the quick, 22-month existence of its founding line-up. Right after 300 demonstrates in 1970, the band kicked off 71′ with a operate by Ga, North Carolina and Tennessee, in advance of heading north to perform Pittsburgh for the first time.
The location was the venerable Syria Mosque, a 3,700 seat theatre created in 1916 which served as the property for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Syria Mosque saw myriad rock functions like the Who, Pink Floyd, the Band, Deep Purple and Sure grace its phase, with the Allmans making the initially of two 1971 appearances on January 17th. Out Oct 28 on CD and electronic through Allman Brothers Band Recording Organization, Syria Mosque: Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971 captures that second in history.
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Recorded direct from the band’s soundboard and restored and remastered, this recording captures the arc of the ABB’s audio as they have been ramping up to the common At Fillmore East album recorded just 8 months later (March 1971). When you listen, it’s clear how limited and in the pocket the first ABB line-up–Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Vans and Jaimoe–had been on this recording.
Just after Duane’s heartfelt acknowledgment of the band’s debt to opening act Taj Mahal, the demonstrate commenced with “Statesboro Blues,” and the shuffle perfection of this tune established the typical for the relaxation of the evening. “Hassle No Extra” slid correct alongside, propelled by the rhythm function of Berry, Jaimoe and Butch, even though “Elizabeth Reed” highlighted an unusually ethereal solo by Dickey in advance of Duane completed it off in incendiary design and style.
Gregg’s visceral and weary vocals highlighted the autobiographical “Midnight Rider,” before offering way to “You You should not Adore Me,” which was centered close to the run-and-gun guitar operate of Duane and Dickey. This version is virtually embryonic in growth when when compared to the magnum opus just take that would be recorded two months afterwards for the legendary At Fillmore East stay album.
For each usual, “Whipping Submit” served as the established closer, but that was the only standard detail about this 20-moment rendition, as Dickey and Duane erupt in a spontaneous combustion exchange that stretched the song for yet another 6 minutes or so.
This marks the first formal release for this recording which has been circulating among ABB followers as a cassette for decades, and at times a bootleg CD or vinyl disc. Whilst, there’s an interesting story there as perfectly. The group returned to Syria Mosque 9 months later on, on Oct 15th, playing what would be Duane Allman’s 3rd-to-final display prior to his premature death on October 29, 1971.
Copies of each the January 17th and Oct 15th performances would flow into amongst the ABB tape-trading local community throughout the 1990s, with the October 15th tape several moments being misidentified as Duane’s last demonstrate, and, in some instances, the dates of the Syria Mosque exhibits were mistakenly swapped. In any case, all the confusion has been straightened out this band-accepted, official release is from January 17th, and you can listen to Duane’s previous exhibit from October 17, 1971 at Painters Mill Tunes Fair, near Baltimore, by picking up The Last Take note, which came in 2020.
Data on the vinyl launch of Syria Mosque: Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971 will be forthcoming.