Live at the Beacon DVD
Hey guys, I'm a new reviewer and relatively new to the Allmans. I'm only 18 and haven't been to very many shows, but I do have all their cds and many other recordings and think, rather presumptuously, that I know what I'm talking about. Now on to the review.
This was the perfect time for the Brothers to release a DVD. Their last live album, Peakin' at the Beacon', quite frankly, was no good and uninspired. The shows that I have been to in the last year have been powerful and, more importantly, this new lineup has perfected their new sound. It is related to enough to the past for them to keep going with the title the Allman Brothers Band, however this is a fresh band with a very new take on the music than other incarnations. And they're having great fun, something the DVD captures very well. You can see them smiling onstage, something you don't catch from the balcony at the beacon. You can see them joking around backstage. You can also see the telepathy involved with the band onstage. As for the music, it is quite up to par. The new tunes are given great performances and the old tunes are given fresh outlooks. Highlights are the Same Thing, Whipping Post, Desdemona and Instrumental Illness. You can really catch everybody getting into the music. And each guitarist is on fire throughout the performance. The only grievance that I would have is that they could have used better takes of certain songs. I was at the the March 25 show, and Warren playing the solos on Dreams beats Derek, and Derek playing slide on Statesboro provides for a much more energetic Statesbory. And Ain't Wastin' Time is not presented as the stretched-out slide showpiece that it has become. Whipping Post as the encore on the 25 was huge as I recall, they really stretched it out reminiscent of the Fillmore cd. Here it is given an equally energetic but shorter reading, and I would have been happier to see Warren lead them through some jamming before the crescendo. As for the extras, the interviews are a great addition, giving us an inside look at the thinking of the bandmembers. All in all, a great addition to the ABB canon. And by the way this is my first review, would appreciate some feedback.
Added: Saturday, September 27, 2003
Reviewer: David Miller