- A big, hard-rockin’ copy with STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and three other sides that rate a Double Plus (A++) or better
- This is one of the all-time great live albums, and with a copy like this one YOU ARE THERE at the Fillmore
- The WHOMP factor here kicks up the excitement – here is the low end foundation that lets the extended guitar jams work
- 5 stars: “At Fillmore East is like a great live jazz session, where the pleasure comes from the musicians’ interaction and playing… The pinnacle of the Allmans and Southern rock at its most elastic, bluesy, and jazzy.”
This is one of the all-time great live albums, and with a copy like this one you are there at the Fillmore.
The guitars really jump out of the speakers here and the bass is solid and full. When the music sounds this good, with this kind of rich, musical tonality and big, open soundstage, it just WORKS.
We’ve been looking for great copies of this one forever, but most of them are trashed and don’t sound all that good. A transparent, lively copy like this one really lets everything that’s great about this music come through. You can easily pick out each of the musicians and follow their contributions over the course of the songs.
The huge WHOMP factor throughout kicks up the excitement and sets the necessary foundation for the crazy guitar jams to sound correct. The top end has the kind of extension necessary to bring out all the ambience and spaciousness.
You can really hear the extension on the top end when you listen to the drumming. The cymbals are clear and silky sweet. In fact, the drums on this album are some of the most well-recorded drums I have EVER heard on a live rock record.
Southern Rockin’ with The Allman Brothers
What the best sides of this Classic Live Album have to offer is not hard to hear:
- The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
- The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl domestic pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1971
- Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
- Natural tonality in the midrange — with the guitars, drums, organ, harmonica and percussion instruments having the correct sound for this kind of recording
- Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional space of the concert hall
No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now
Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.
What’s Out There
Most copies are a bit thick and overly smooth. Later pressings tend to be somewhat dead sounding and frequently have aggessive upper midranges, an unpleasant combination.
If you want to hear this music right, this is the only way we know of to do it. The sound is rich, full, sweet and natural on this pressing, and that is simply not the case for most of the copies we’ve played.
It’s guaranteed to beat any copy of the album you have ever heard — including any and all Heavy Vinyl reissues — or your money back.
Mint Minus Minus and maybe a bit better is about as quiet as any vintage pressing will play, and since only the right vintage pressings have any hope of sounding good on this album, that will most often be the playing condition of the copies we sell. (The copies that are even a bit noisier get listed on the site are seriously reduced prices or traded back in to the local record stores we shop at.)
Those of you looking for quiet vinyl will have to settle for the sound of later pressings and Heavy Vinyl reissues, purchased elsewhere of course as we have no interest in selling records that don’t have the vintage analog magic of these wonderful originals.
If you want to make the trade-off between bad sound and quiet surfaces with whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing might be available, well, that’s certainly your prerogative, but we can’t imagine losing what’s good about this music — the size, the energy, the presence, the clarity, the weight — just to hear it with less background noise.
Done Somebody Wrong
You Don’t Love Me+
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
AMG 5 Star Rave Review
Whereas most great live rock albums are about energy, At Fillmore East is like a great live jazz session, where the pleasure comes from the musicians’ interaction and playing. The great thing about that is, the original album that brought the Allmans so much acclaim is as notable for its clever studio editing as it is for its performances. Producer Tom Dowd skillfully trimmed some of the performances down to relatively concise running time… the pinnacle of the Allmans and Southern rock at its most elastic, bluesy, and jazzy.