October 17, 2021


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Allman Brothers’ ‘The Final Note’ is Duane’s impressive farewell

The newest Allman Brothers Band archival launch “The Final Note” is a peculiar and powerful album. Unusual simply because it’s an viewers recording designed on a handheld cassette machine warranting the note on the again inquiring folks to “listen appropriately.” Riveting because “The Final Note” is legendary guitarist Duane Allman’s final exhibit, which took put on Oct. 17, 1971, much less than two weeks just before he was killed in a bike crash in Macon, Georgia.

(Also, it should be noted that the recording is given a qualified makeover with help from Sarasota-based mostly bass guitarist Richard Price tag, whose illustrious job includes jamming with Duane Allman on different situations in 1969 in Jacksonville just as the Allman Brothers Band took shape.) 

Immediately after two perfectly-gained studio albums that did not just bounce off the cabinets but with a devoted fan base thanks to incendiary are living shows and two a long time of incessant touring, the Allman Brothers tasted stardom with the release of the concert album opus “At Fillmore East” in July of ’71, which brilliantly fused rock, blues and jazz. “Final Note” presents not just Duane Allman’s last display but a band at the height of its power with an audience elated to witness the revolutionary Southern rockers.

The Allman Brothers — Duane Allman, left, Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks — pose for a band photo on May 5, 1969, near Macon, Georgia.

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Duane and Dickey Betts (also a longtime Sarasota area resident) are fierce and fluid throughout, connected in an otherworldly manner never definitely listened to ahead of or considering that by a pair of rock guitarists. Organist Gregg Allman sings sad and soulful and at occasions downright aggrieved. The entire production is propelled by the specialist rhythm section of bassist Berry Oakley and drummers Jaimoe and Butch Vehicles.