Allman Brothers Band – Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre

first_imgThe Allman Brothers Band, the tour-de-force of Southern blues-based jamming, show their everlasting magic on the latest live release, Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre. Taken from two shows from March of 1992, the spectacular recording captures a young Warren Haynes settling into a permanent role in the ABB rotation, a role that has persisted for two decades, and led the guitarist to create Gov’t Mule as well.In 1992, the Allman Brothers consisted of Gregg Allman (keyboards), Dickey Betts (guitar), Allen Wody (bass), Marc Quinones (percussion), Warren Haynes (slide guitar), and Jaimoe Johanson (drums). Woody, Quinones, and Haynes were all new additions to the band at the time, and, with seasoned veterans and hand-picked recruits, this lineup just nearly harkens back to that of the Duane Allman era. Though, let’s face it: Duane is Duane.Great music aside, I personally enjoyed this recording for capturing the band in a different era. Most of the ABB archival releases highlight concerts from the late-60’s and early-70’s, and, as a 25-year-old, I’ve only been able to see the Allmans in the 2010-and-on era. Love me some Derek Trucks, don’t get me wrong, but it is nice to hear Warren wailing away on the slide guitar. His work on “Hoochie Coochie Man” is inspired, to say the least.The song selection from this double-live album captures all of the ABB standards, from the opening “Statesboro Blues” to a 20-plus-minute rendition of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” The album also features a handful of tracks from the then-new studio release, Shades of Two Worlds, including “End of The Line,” “Nobody Knows,” and Robert Johnson’s “Come on in My Kitchen.”The disc also includes a three-song acoustic set, smack dab in the middle of all the action. “Midnight Rider,” played on an acoustic guitar, is incredibly moving. Not to mention “Come on in My Kitchen,” played true to original Robert Johnson form, harkening back to the roots of blues music. This is some serious blues, stripped down to two acoustic guitars and the raw vocals of Gregg Allman.For any Allman-fans, this live release is a must have. Commenting about Play All Night, Haynes said, “1991-92 was a period of great creativity for that configuration of the Allman Brothers, and these shows capture a true moment in time for the group. It’s cool that the acoustic set is included, because it gives the fans a chance to hear some rare versions of particular songs. All in all, I think Play All Night represents how on fire that band could be on any given night at that point in their history.”Well said, Mr. Haynes. Well said.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)DISC 11. Statesboro Blues 7:00 2. You Don’t Love Me 6:38 3. End Of The Line 5:45 4. Blue Sky 7:34 5. Nobody Knows 13:20 6. Low Down Dirty Mean 7:20 7. Seven Turns 4:41 8. Midnight Rider 3:20 9. Come On In My Kitchen 6:02 DISC 2 1. Guitar Intro / Hoochie Coochie Man 10:01 2. Jessica 10:01 3. Get On With Your Life 8:18 4. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 20:58 5. Revival 5:46 6. Dreams 11:20 7. Whipping Post 11:36last_img

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