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Kind of Fillmore East blues

ramblings and ventures into music on SACD



The Allman Brothers At Fillmore East
Capricorn UIGY-15032 (℗2013 ©1972)

Japanese SHM-SACD

(Brief sojourn on our venture into the world of audiophile or higher resolution music formats)

Experiencing Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East brings a smile to the face.This is sheer listening pleasure, especially as this SACD brings out all the nuances and details of the live act – the Fillmore East shows being hailed as the best concert recording. Fillmore East is also Duane Allman’s last album.

The Allman Brothers are a Southern country rock jamming band with all the blues and jazz structure as you can hear for yourself. The Japanese SHM-SACD includes the original seven tracks from the three nights of the spirited performances. The evening starts with Duane Allman on slide guitar on Statesboro’s Blues. Done Somebody Wrong is a rollicking blues with guitar lead and boogie bass. Stormy Monday is the sad blues. The long trademark jams are the band at its best, long but so good. Dickie Betts’s In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (from Idlewild South) with lead guitar trade-offs and the drum solo parts carry the album to the last and seventh track on the SACD. Whipping Post is a whopping 23 minutes and its tease on the fade out notes can only leave the fan or listener at home yearning more of what is to be delivered, Mountain Jam as heard in its entirety on Eat A Peach).

1Statesboro Blues Written-By – Will McTell*Written-By – Will McTell*4:22
2Done Somebody Wrong Written-By – Clarence LewisDavid C. Thomas*, Elmore JamesMorgan RobinsonWritten-By – Clarence LewisDavid C. Thomas*, Elmore JamesMorgan Robinson4:35
3Stormy Monday Written-By – T.Bone Walker *Written-By – T.Bone Walker*10:28
4You Don’t Love Me Written-By – Willie Cobbs Written-By – Willie Cobbs19:18
5Hot ‘Lanta Written-By – Oakley, B.*, Trucks, B.*, Betts, D.*, Allman, D.*, Allman, G.*, Johanson, J.J.*Written-By – Oakley, B.*, Trucks, B.*, Betts, D.*, Allman, D.*, Allman, G.*, Johanson, J.J.*5:22
6In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed Written-By – D. Betts *Written-By – D. Betts*13:05
7Whipping Post Written-By – G. Allman *Written-By – G. Allman*23:10

tracks listing from the wikipedia

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A case of mono

A series of reflections on music or records

With the recent RSD 2021 release  Chet Baker Sings, the trumpeter gets to feature his singing voice. The feature of the release is it is in mono. Being in mono actually brings this recording to life.

Listening to it is a pleasure and being a stereo or audiophile nut (albeit without the budget) means the resurrection of the Connoisseur BD-1 belt drive turntable that was built by the experts at Ring Audio. The assembly kit was placed on a solid piece of wood that was anti-vibration. Drilled in place beside the platter is the original classic SME 3009 tonearm. Chosen for its characteristics to accompany the tonearm is the Nagaoka MP-10 cartridge, a Japanese cartridge that for its time was expensive. Fortunately, the MP-10 cartridge still works with the new generation of its brand of stylus options. The MP-110 replacement stylus represents an upgrade over what would have been its new MP-100 counterpart.

Together, the Nagaoka combination sounds like a dream, accurate and bringing out detail in the mid-range. The high end rings and the bass is present.

That it is from the original mono tapes acutally brings this recording to life. Keeping it in mono makes it sound less processed. With eyes closed, the image of Chet Baker Sings rings true centre.