Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour #53

All shows from the legendary Fillmore East in NYC...what an era of music and what a fantastic venue. Look at all of the bands that passed through there!

Derek and the Dominos - Fillmore East, NYC 10/23/70 (early show)
Derek and the Dominos - Fillmore East, NYC 10/23/70 (late show)
Derek and the Dominos - Fillmore East, NYC 10/24/70 
Traffic - Fillmore East, NYC 11/18/70
Jimi Hendrix - Fillmore East, NYC 12/31/69 (early show)
Jimi Hendrix - Fillmore East, NYC 12/31/69 (late show)
The Allman Brothers Band - Fillmore East, NYC 2/11/70
The Allman Brothers Band - Fillmore East, NYC 2/14/70 

Opening up this batch are the three shows Derek and the Dominos played at the Fillmore East on their one and only US tour in 1970. These shows were Clapton's peak and the last great thing he's done in his career (in my opinion)...the fire, intensity, and passion evident in his playing is staggering and his vocal interactions with Bobby Whitlock are wonderful. As great as Cream and Blind Faith were, this was the best band Clapton was ever a part of and it's a damn shame they broke up a year later. I have audience and soundboard sources for all of these shows and it's really neat to hear the different in atmosphere in the audience tapes after having heard the soundboard sources for so many years. Next up is a great set from Traffic in 1970, back to a quartet and supporting their classic John Barleycorn Must Die LP. Of particular note is the great band interplay and the showcase of Steve Winwood's talents not only singing and on organ, but his guitar playing. As a companion to entry #52 with the 1970 New Year's Day shows, here we have Hendrix' Band of Gypsys shows from New Years Eve 1969 (the night before). While the first show is a bit timid and experimental, the second show is more relaxed and they really let loose! Wrapping up this batch are two incredible shows from the Allman Brothers Band in early 1970 when they were supporting the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore East. The passion and intensity with which the ABB played comes pouring out of the speakers and it's amazing to think that they were still an opening act at this time, although that wouldn't last much longer.




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