Saturday Video Fun: Allman Brothers - In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, 9/23/1970

The Allman Brothers Band set the bar pretty high when they debuted with two perfect albums: The Allman Brothers Band (1969)and Idlewild South (1970);there was not a slack track on either one of them. The term "southern rock" was coined to describe their music. Their lineup of two drummers and two guitarists was groundbreaking at the time and contributed to their live shows being a sensation; they are also one of the original jam bands.

"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" was filmed at one of the Allmans' favorite venues, the Fillmore East in New York City. Six months later, they came back to play the Fillmore again in March of 1971; those shows were recorded and became the Allman Brothers' third album, the double live The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (1971)which was their big breakthrough to the mass audience. "Elizabeth Reed" came from Idlewild Southand when they played it live, it was always a crowd favorite.

This set was filmed for a PBS-TV special that was never shown. The videos are seeing the light of day now because they are part of Wolfgang's Vault, Bill Graham's vast collection of concerts that were recorded at his venerable venues. This was the classic original lineup of the Allman Brothers: Gregg Allman on organ and vocals, Duane Allman on guitar, Dickey Betts on guitar, Berry Oakley on bass, Butch Trucks on drums, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson on drums. Here is one more track from the show. Enjoy.


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