Once upon a time, the Allman Brothers Band was the greatest rock and roll band in the world. Their only competition in 1971 was the Rolling Stones, who had their glorious mirror of their best album Sticky Fingers. Many will agree with me when I say At Filmore East is undoubtedly the best album from this band, and can give a run for the money as one of the most important albums of Rock and Roll (if not the one sole important one)
I could write a million words about what makes At Fillmore East such a gold classic but you still wouldn't understand a word I say unless you actually listened to this album. When the Allmans played live, they didn't have no one stopping them from letting the songs flow and go on and on and on for such incredible lengths.
This is Blues in it's evolution form of the 70's. No matter what, the Allmans were always a Blues band first, and a Rock band second. Statesboro Blues, and Done Somebody Wrong is the way they get this message across.
Most notably about this album is Duane Allman and Dickey Betts touch of Jazz influence. The dual riffage in In memory of Elizabeth Reed over those double drum rhythms reflects the influence of Miles Davis and John Coltrane going back and forth bouncing it off one another.
You Don't Love Me reaches 19 minutes of brilliance, as does Whipping Post jamming over 20 minutes. Probably the most well known track being Stormy Monday, the band keeps the song very true to how Bobby Bland covered it, but there is the famous T-Bone Walker riffs and chord progression all over this song, as they nailed it perfectly adding their own twist to it.
Overall this is a must have album for anyone that's a record collector and needs a live album from the Allmans and a piece of history.