Out Now: Allman Brothers Band ‘The Final Note,’ Featuring the Last Live Recordings of Duane Allman (Listen)


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When guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 29, 1971, it marked a tragic turn of events for the Allman Brothers Band.

The sudden loss of Allman was a shock, but the group famously soldiered on and became music legends in the years that followed. Twelve days prior to his death, Duane Allman played what would be his final gig — a concert at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, MD — and today, Oct. 16, recordings from that performance have been released as a collection called, appropriately enough, The Final Note.

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The performance was recorded by journalist Sam Idas on a hand-held cassette machine, and as fate would have it, was only rediscovered recently. Anybody who appreciates the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band — not to mention the unmistakable musical presence of Duane Allman — should want to listen to this.

Per a news release:

The Final Note package features some remarkable never-before-published photos from that night’s show, extensive liner notes from ABB archivist John Lynskey plus a photo of the actual cassette Idas used. On hand to interview Gregg Allman after the concert, Idas recalls how it happened: “My only intention was to record the interview. This was a brand-new cassette recorder with an internal microphone, and I had one 60-minute cassette tape. I was sitting there with the recorder in my lap, and I remember thinking ‘Why don’t I try this out? I can record the concert!’ It was a totally spontaneous decision. I’d been to many concerts, but this was the only time I had the thought-and the motivation-to record the show.” The cassette went forgotten by Idas until a few years ago when his old roommate asked him if he still had it. Word of this incredible piece of ABB history reached the group’s manager Bert Holman, who immediately knew the importance of this find.

Contextually, Duane Allman’s death struck the band at a terrible time, as the group’s precipitous rise was already in motion:

The July 1971 release of their breakthrough At Fillmore East live album had brought them critical acclaim, hordes of new fans, and even a little money. The band-DUANE ALLMAN, GREGG ALLMAN, DICKEY BETTS, JAIMOE, BUTCH TRUCKS and BERRY OAKLEY-had toured all summer long and were looking forward to some time off before heading back to the studio.

The recordings included on The Final Note include:

“Statesboro Blues”
“Trouble No More”
“Don’t Keep Me Wondering”
“One Way Out”
“In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”
“Hot ‘lanta”
“Whipping Post”

Stream The Final Note below, via Spotify:

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