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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:00 PM
I didn't know if all had seen this one, I had not...



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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:10 PM
nice look at that hippie he is having a greattime

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:35 PM
Nice one TY, The crowd looks great. Where was it taken?
 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:35 PM
I don't recall seeing it and I'm from the Boston area! They had a pretty good crowd goin' and they obviously were in a major Jam!! NICE!

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:36 PM
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Nice one TY, The crowd looks great. Where was it taken?


Boston Common needs to do this now... for the 40th!! Now that would be COOL!!

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:37 PM
I obviously ignore the thread titles! hahaha
 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:38 PM
LOL!

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:40 PM
I think Mizti will love this one

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:43 PM
What are they looking at. Was it a bass solo? Also, i wonder what year it was taken!!!
 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:43 PM
Yes and Deb did too casue she brought it right over to Big Daddy's..

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:44 PM
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What are they looking at. Was it a bass solo? Also, i wonder what year it was taken!!!


You're kidin', right?? LOL! 1971

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:45 PM
Was that free? I don't think you can completely control access to the common can you?

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:47 PM
Maybe it could be from this..



 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:49 PM
That's right, you can't control access. Could pose a problem for the City in today's society! LOL! I bet there's a way they can cut off an area to have a "VERY SPECIAL" show next year!

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:50 PM
Exactly Wharfy.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 06:59 PM
Here's another from the same show. This is from the article in Guitar Legends and it states that these photos are from..."Summerthing" Boston on the Common, summer 1971







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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 07:10 PM
its obivous from reading this thread
you people just sit around after work and get stoned

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 07:19 PM
These are the 2 photos that are in that current Guitar Legends mag., judging by the background you can kinda visualize where Beacon St. and Commonwealth Ave. merge together ( I grew up in Boston). IMHO I think they're playing D.S.W., Gregg on electric piano and Duane slide on the SG.

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 07:31 PM
Yes, the Beacon and Comm Ave!

This answers the was it free part...

In the history of rock music, certain bands and certain cities are forever linked. With the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, it was London; for the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, it was San Francisco. With the Allman Brothers Band, Macon, Georgia usually comes to mind first, but there is another metropolis that the ABB has been associated with from the group’s onset: Boston, Massachusetts. 37 years ago, a visceral connection was made between band and city that has remained strong and vibrant to this very day.
Formed in Jacksonville, Florida in late-March 1969, the Allman Brothers Band – guitarists Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman on vocals and keyboards, Berry Oakley on bass, and drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks – eventually would revolutionize the American music scene with their wicked and volatile blend of improvised rock, blues, country and jazz, and their live performances would soon become the stuff of legend. After re-locating to Macon, the band played a handful of shows in Florida and Georgia before journeying up the coast for their first-ever gig in the Northeast, which would be at a club called the Boston Tea Party, in May 1969.
The Boston Tea Party was a squat, brick building with white trim and two flights of stairs, which made the load-in of Gregg’s Hammond B-3 organ a major challenge. The ABB opened two shows for the Velvet Underground over Memorial Day weekend, and so impressed Don Law, the owner of the Tea Party, that he asked them back three weeks later to open for Dr. John. Without enough money to travel home to Macon and back again to Boston, or rent hotel rooms, the band crashed at an abandoned tenement building in a rough neighborhood on Kempton Street, and during this stay Dickey came down with a severe case of hepatitis. Itching to play anywhere, the group loaded up their gear and headed over to Boston Common for a free jam on Saturday, June 7th. The oldest public park in the nation, Boston Common’s rambling 50 acres was an idyllic setting for the ABB’s free-flowing music, and they were warmly received. After returning to the Tea Party for their three-show stand with Dr. John, the word was out in Boston – the Allman Brothers Band was the real deal.
The ABB began the arduous task of building their reputation one show at a time, city by city, and Boston became a favorite and frequent stop. They would appear at the Tea Party five more times in 1969, and played several more free shows in Boston Common, where they forged a mutual admiration with the J. Geils Band, a local favorite of the Boston music crowd. In 1970, they hit Boston Common on August 14th, played three shows at the Tea Party just before Thanksgiving, and had their first gig at the city’s Hynes Auditorium on December 14th.
1971 was a watershed year for the Allman Brothers Band – they recorded their seminal live album, At Fillmore East, in March, and continued to tour relentlessly. By this point, their performances had reached a level of musicianship and intensity of which other groups could only dream. At Fillmore East was released in July to massive critical acclaim, and a month later, they rolled back into Boston to once again jam in the Common, playing two shows on August 17th. Boston Common 8/17/71 manages to capture the loose and easy first set, with the band clearly enjoying themselves – Berry’s stage banter is particularly engaging as he comments on the group’s relationship with Boston and their friendship with the J. Geils Band. As for the music, Duane’s slide guitar is blistering on "Statesboro Blues" and "Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’"; his interplay with Dickey on "You Don’t Love Me" is a complex masterpiece, and their dual melody line on "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" is flawless. Gregg’s vocal work is stellar throughout, and his growl on "Trouble No More" clearly justifies his reputation as one of the best blues singers of all time. Berry, Butch and Jaimoe lay down a rhythm foundation that is a mile wide – the thumping bass line and syncopated drum patterns turn the "Whipping Post" finale into a musical maelstrom.
Sadly, a little over two months after the magic of this show, the Allman Brothers Band lost their founder and leader when Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon on October 29th. A year later, Berry Oakley died in another motorcycle accident, only three bocks from Duane’s crash site. Despite these devastating tragedies, the ABB has persevered, and continues to play their unique style of music. One constant in their history has been the city of Boston; almost four decades after a group of starving musicians huddled in a rat-infested hovel on Kempton Street, the Allman Brothers Band returns summer after summer, like a rite of passage, to appear at the venerable Tweeter Center at Great Woods, where 20,000 of their most loyal fans gather to hear the greatest live performance band of all time. Boston Common 8/17/71 allows one to journey back to those halcyon days of Duane and Berry, when the ABB was hittin’ the note like no one else.

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 07:37 PM
I believe the above photos are from this event.."Summerthing" and NOT the archival release show...below is an article about the recollections of the probable photographer at this event:

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In the late-1960s and early-1970s, Boston wasn’t just another stop on the road for rock bands on tour; it was a place that performers flocked to, a major destination for major stars who knew that appreciative audiences — most of them culled from the massive college population — were hungrily waiting to be entertained by their rock heroes.

Weston resident Peter Tarnoff was there, a Nikon around his neck, rolls of film in his pockets, right by the various stages, recording it all in intimate black and white images. He got The Who at the Boston Tea Party, Jimi Hendrix at the Boston Garden, Joe Cocker at Symphony Hall, // the Allman Brothers on the Boston Common when he was the official photographer for the concert series Summerthing.

Tarnoff and his camera also did some traveling, catching Led Zeppelin at the Newport Jazz Festival, Joni Mitchell in Central Park and many others.

Tarnoff’s photos have popped up from time to time, but the lion’s share of them have never been seen by the public. He recently decided to reveal what he was doing behind the lens in those heady days, and currently has a show featuring 54 pictures in the second-floor gallery at the West Newton Cinema.

It opens with separate portraits of members of the J. Geils Band — Peter Wolf, J. Geils, Seth Justman — when they were pretty much the house band at the Boston Tea Party in 1969. While those are up close and personal, Tarnoff’s shots of The Who are explosive. Taken in 1970, also at the Tea Party, Pete Townshend is caught in mid-air, and Keith Moon is a study in motion.

Tarnoff tries and succeeds at a number of approaches to his subjects. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards share a microphone and a degree of emotional intensity during a Rolling Stones concert at the Boston Garden in 1972, while Eric Clapton makes a fashion statement — a polka dot shirt under a sports jacket — in a 1970 Tea Party shot that also shows a cigarette stuck in his guitar.

Tarnoff obviously took some time in hanging the show, and many of the photos are startling due partly to their placement. Facing each other are shots of John Mayall at the Tea Party in 1969 and // Duane Allman on the Boston Common in 1971. The same goes for Judy Collins at Symphony Hall in 1972 and James Taylor at Sanders Theater in 1970. One of the odder match-ups is a sort of battle of the hats, with Aretha Franklin wearing a long, tall one on the Boston Common in 1971 sitting right next to a heavily made-up Dr. John in an indescribably bizarre one at the Tea Party in 1969.

One of the best things about a show like this is the opportunity to study the faces of these performers, so many of which are off in worlds of their own, blissfully lost in the music. Joni Mitchell is nothing less than baby-faced, staring at the guitar she’s playing at a Central Park concert in 1969. Joe Cocker is caught mid-grimace, holding his chest, during the 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour at Symphony Hall. Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet to his lips, has his cheeks puffed up bigger than a blowfish at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1970. Jimi Hendrix is either in ecstasy or pain, eyes closed, mouth wide, nostrils flaring, while he wails at a solo on his upside down Fender guitar at Woodstock in 1969.

But the most telling in-concert portrait is of Rita Coolidge, her eyes shut, mid-song, with her husband, Kris Kristofferson, alongside, staring lovingly at her on the Boston Common in 1971.

Tarnoff’s subjects range from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to Sammy Davis Jr. They show Jimmy Page, with his face obscured by his unruly mop of hair, and the members of Creedence Clearwater Revival hanging out backstage before a concert. They capture performers in all kinds of moods, doing all kinds of music. But more than anything else, they catch the essence of rock ’n’ roll.

Peter Tarnoff’s show will be at the West Newton Cinema is up through Jan. 1.

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 07:40 PM
Oh OK, that makes sense then! It's cool reading that's for sure! I work in Weston!!

 

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  posted on 9/11/2008 at 07:51 PM
Peter Tarnoff's site

http://www.tarnoffphoto.com/musicians.html

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 12:44 AM
Thanks, these are great

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 01:37 AM
I believe they are from the archival release because duane is wearing the same shirt and sunglasses as in the picture in the cd booklet. I think....

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 07:01 AM
Thanks for the pics!!! I love this show!!!!
Give me more Duane era Archives....PLEASE!!!!!

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