Hot fucking fire. Incredible performance by The Allman Brothers a year before Duane Allman would pass and the lineup would change forever. At the time of this performance, The Allman Brothers were finally beginning to take off, using extensive and exhausting touring to build their fanbase. They performed over 300 shows in 1970 alone. Naturally, this meant drugs. Living on a communal farm in Florida, experimenting with copious amounts of drugs, the band was firing on all cylinders. It’s so much more pleasant to say “experimenting” with drugs than “using” drugs.
Live at Filmore East was The Allmans’ first live album and first album to truly showcase the band’s improvisational talents, no longer confined to 3 minute versions of songs. This version of Whipping Post showcases the tightness and musicality they had reached up to this point, with every member of the band solely focused on making The Allman Brothers a success. Duane Allman was offered by Clapton, arguably the biggest guitarist at the time, to collaborate on an album, which Duane turned down to further focus on the band. Live at Filmore East went certified platinum, it sits at #49 in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time, and was chosen in 2004 by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. The Allman Brothers were paid $1250 for each show over the three nights the album took to record.