That time I asked Dickey Betts if the Allman Brothers’ new live album captured the band as well as At Fillmore East
By Steve Newton
The Allman Brothers’ At Fillmore East has long been regarded as one of the finest concert albums of all time, and you won’t get any argument from me about that.
But it’s not the band’s only great live LP.
Back in 1992 I did my third interview with ABB guitarist Dickey Betts, and at the time the band was touring behind its new live album, An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band: First Set.
Early on in the conversation I asked Dickey if he thought the new disc captured the band as well as its historic 1971 recording had done.
I realize it’s kinda dumb to compare such things–different works of art created by different lineups 20 years apart–but I’ve also learned from 35-plus years of rock writing that sometimes the dumbest questions yield the best answers.
And I thought Dickey’s answer was pretty good.
Have a listen:
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