The Allman Brothers Band – Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992 (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Allman Brothers Band – Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:19:32 minutes | 1,58 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Epic – Legacy

Much as the current Allman Brothers lineup had coalesced in 2003, the ensemble that came together in 1989 for the twentieth anniversary box set Dreams (Polydor, 1989) tour had tightened considerably (minus keyboardist /vocalist Johnny Neel) by the time they decided to engage in their first extended run at New York’s Beacon Theatre and record themselves for a live album. Play All Night: Live At the Beacon Theatre consists of performances captured on March 10 & 11 in 1992 and over the course of its two discs, effectively supplants the concert pieces of that era captured on “An Evening With”.

If truth be told, the Allman Brothers Band have always been the quintessential American rock band, shaping a rootsy mix of blues, jazz, country, and rock into an elegant, nuanced sound that single-handedly created what became known as Southern rock. Full of beautiful dual guitar leads and driven by double drummers, and possessing a lead singer who, when he was on his game, had as much soul as anyone around, the Allman Brothers Band were also an improvisational band who found all kinds of new corners in their classic catalog when they played live, no matter what the configuration of the band was at the time. It’s no coincidence that the group’s first live album, 1971’s landmark At Fillmore East, was the one that broke them commercially, because it showed this always impressive band in its natural habitat. So why does the world need another live Allman Brothers Band release? There have been several already since At Fillmore East, and most feature the same classic songs from the band’s early legacy. The show’s the same, or at least most of the set list is. But the world can always use another live Allman Brothers Band release – perhaps it helps to think of this band in the same way one looks at the various classic quartets and quintets of jazz artists like Miles Davis or John Coltrane. It’s the songs, yeah, but it’s also who’s playing those songs, and all the little improv twists and turns that come with that. This live set was drawn from two shows of a ten-show run the Allman Brothers Band did at New York’s Beacon Theatre in March of 1992, and it was with one of the best versions of the post-Duane Allman band in the middle of a triumphant and revitalizing tour, featuring the guitars of Dickey Betts and Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe on drums, percussionist Marc Quiñones, Allen Woody on bass, and a nightmare-is-over Gregg Allman singing and playing organ like his old self. The catalog gems are here, from “Statesboro Blues” through “Blue Sky,” “Midnight Rider,” “Jessica,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” and “Whipping Post,” and the band performs them like they’re all brand-new, with spirit, precision, grace, elegance, and grit. One could argue that America has never produced a better live rock band, and that they’ve been that through all kinds of tragedy, upheaval, and personnel configurations is nothing short of amazing. The more live Allman Brothers Band shows we get to enjoy in this world, the better. It’s that simple.

01 – Statesboro Blues
02 – You Don’t Love Me
03 – End of the Line
04 – Blue Sky
05 – Nobody Knows
06 – Low Down Dirty Mean
07 – Seven Turns
08 – Midnight Rider
09 – Come on in My Kitchen
10 – Guitar Intro / Hoochie Koochie Man
11 – Jessica
12 – Get on With Your Life
13 – In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
14 – Revival
15 – Dreams
16 – Whipping Post

Produced for release by Warren Haynes.
Recorded on March 10-11, 1992 at Beacon Theatre, New York City.

Gregg Allman – organ, piano, acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Dickey Betts – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Jaimoe – drums, background vocals
Butch Trucks – drums, tympani, background vocals
Warren Haynes – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals
Allen Woody – bass guitar, acoustic bass, background vocals
Marc Quiñones – congas, percussion
Thom Doucette – harmonica