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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame

There was a time when we never dreamed we’d find a copy of this hard rockin’ live album with SUPERB SOUND and QUIET VINYL on all four sides, but we got a hold of a seriously hot one here! This is one of the all-time great live albums, and with a copy like this one YOU ARE THERE at the Fillmore!

Side One

A+++, huge and lively with real rock energy! 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. A+++, White Hot Stamper material all the way!

Side Two

A+++, every bit as good as side one. Rockin’!

Side Three

A++ to A+++, only a half a plus shy of our top grade. It’s big and rich with real snap and punch to the drums. This music really needs energy if it’s going to work, and on that count this side delivers!

Side Four

A++. Spacious and transparent with a big, weighty bottom end. So good!

We’ve been looking for great copies of this one forever, but most of them are trashed and don’t sound all that good. That’s why it’s been over a year and a half since we last put a Hot Stamper copy on the site.

A super transparent, super 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 factor 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 — they’re so natural.

Good Luck Finding Another Copy Like This!

Having bought a number of copies of this record since we listed the last Hot Stamper, I can tell you that most of them don’t sound very good, Pink labels included. Most of them are a bit thick and overly smooth. Later pressings tend to be somewhat dead sounding and frequently have aggressive upper midranges, an unpleasant combination.

If you want to hear this music right, this is the only way I know of to do it. The sound is rich, full, sweet and natural on this pressing, and that is simply not the case for “audiophile” versions that I have heard. Guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl reissue or your money back!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Statesboro Blues
Done Somebody Wrong
Stormy Monday

Side Two

You Don’t Love Me

Side Three

Hot ‘Lanta
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

Side Four

Whipping Post

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.