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Allman Brothers Band - Live Concert Series / Instant Live

This page we've highlighted some of the Allman Brothers Band live concerts that we recommend to seek out from their concert series releases. You can buy nearly all of the shows since 2003 from the Allman Brothers Band website. We've also linked to where you get them through Amazon. Though their availability and pricing fluctuates like a volatile stock market, but with patience you can find some good deals. 

This page we've highlighted some shows with great guests, once in a lifetime line-ups due to illness or travel, and some red hot shows.

Some of my very favorite listens.

1. The Fox Theater trio of shows in 2004. I especially like the middle show from 9/25. The sound is not as good as the Beacon and latter releases, but the music is superb.

2. The 2003 Charlotte show has Branford Marsalis sit in for a long while. The boys are just find on their own too. Warren's delivery of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic." is superb.

3. In 2005 there are many goodies, the top guests include Chuck Leavell on 8/20 and the Asbury Jukes on a few shows. Of interest, Warren missed some shows and former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson sat in. The Philadelphia show from 7/23 Derek Trucks is the only guitarist, Ron Holloway plays sax throughout.

In 2009, while the March Beacon shows are the king of the year, there are greats shows played throughout the year. Smoking shows of the Allman's with no guests; the May 12 and 13 pair of Oakland shows make a hot pair. How about Dave Mason on a few songs and a little later, Buddy Guy, that is Chicago, IL from 9/1/09.  For some rare personnel appearances, check out the October shows. Gregg Allman had a motorcycle accident and was unable to play keyboards to his potential. So these shows have a different flavor of keyboards, Danny Louis helped on much of the first half of the month. In the latter half, Bruce Katz played piano. The final tour date 10/21/09 would be our top pick of what we've heard.

We hope to have time to give more detailed reviews. Until then, I've included the text from the Allman Brothers Band website. Some of the 2010 sets look really nice, but I haven't heard them yet. Plus the Beacon 2011 are around the corner. 

If I had more time a more of the music I'd like to expand this section. 
In 2010 they played the United Palace Theatre instead of the Beacon. I think the Beacon was not available. The versions of "Midnight Rider" include an ending jam. A bunch of songs were played that I don't have.
"Kind Of Bird" hadn't been played since 1992
The Little Milton classic "That's What Love Will Make You Do
Dylan's "Blind Willie McTell"
"Egypt" since 3/20/06
The Rolling Stones classic "Heart Of Stone" doesn't appear to often
"I Asked For Water (And She Gave Me Gasoline)"

In 2011 the Beacon run has some smoking shows, lots of guests too. At the end of the year they played Philly and Boston. In Boston they played the whole Eat A Peach album on 11/30/11  in the second set. I think this includes a version of "Blue Sky" with vocals. The only version with singing with the Derek and Warren line-up that I have is from the Fox in 2004. I think it is the first time they performed it with vocals since then. 

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Allman Brothers Band Live Concert series CD reviews

2009 Non Beacon shows

The Beacon shows from March offer so many one of a kind performances that our top selections for the year are from that run. They did perform 38 other concerts that year. Lots of guests too, but nothing in comparison to the Beacon. 

A few unique shows. In October, Gregg Allman had a motorcycle accident and was unable to play keyboards to his potential. So these shows have a different flavor of keyboards, Danny Louis helped on much of the first half of the month. In the latter half, Bruce Katz played piano. 

Knoxville, TN 
10/13/09
Hollywood, FL 10/20/09 Hollywood, FL 10/21/09
 
Disc One

1. Statesboro Blues (5:23)
2. One Way Out (5:44)
3. The Sky is Crying (10:32)
4. Come and Go Blues (6:21)
5. Anyday (9:46)
6. 44 Blues (12:46)
7. Leave My Blues At Home (7:08)
8. Melissa (5:42)

Disc Two

1. Rockin’ Horse (14:35)
2. Dreams (15:59) $
3. Mountain Jam (14:40) $
4. Crowd Noise (3:49)

Encore: 5. Whipping Post (9:50) $

$ = w/ Jack Pearson, guitar

Bruce Katz; piano on every song but Melissa where he played Hammond B3
Disc One

1. Don't Want You No More (2:36)
2. It's Not My Cross to Bear (4:52)
3. Trouble No More (3:41)
4. Come And Go Blues (6:10)
5. Hoochie Coochie Man (8:13)
6. Leave My Blues At Home (8:03)
7. Desdemona (12:39)
8. Statesboro Blues (6:01)
9. Soulshine (7:53)

Disc Two

1. Come On In My Kitchen (5:38)
2. No One To Run With (10:36)
3. Midnight Rider (3:08)
4. Jessica (15:49)
5. Crowd Noise (4:10)

Encore: 6. Melissa (6:00)
7. One Way Out (5:58)

Bruce Katz on piano for entire performance
Disc One

1. Done Somebody Wrong (5:54)
2. Midnight Rider (3:21)
3. You Don't Love Me (6:22)
4. The Same Thing (11:01)
5. Stormy Monday (8:51)
6. Anyday (11:09) @
7. Only You Know And I Know (7:44)
8. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (16:14)

Disc Two

1. Don't Keep Me Wonderin' (6:27)
2. Dreams (14:06)
3. Black Hearted Woman (2:38)
4. JaMaBuBu (9:38)
5. Black Hearted Woman - reprise (7:44)

Disc Three

1. Mountain Jam (15:16)
2. Smokestack Lightning (4:15) 
3. Mountain Jam - reprise (2:55)
4. Crowd Noise (3:42)

Encore: 5. Melissa (5:52)
6. Whipping Post (17:28)

Bruce Katz on piano for whole show.
@ = w/James Van De Bogert, drums
From Allman Brothers Band website you can order the discs there. 

Allman Brothers Band
Knoxville, TN 10/13/09

Just when you thought the Allman Brothers/Widespread Panic tour couldn't get any better, along comes Jack Pearson! The former ABB guitarist added his smooth licks and jazzy style to roughly half of this show--even though he only played on three songs!

This show was cooking even before Jack joined the band, and Widespread Panic singer John Bell was observed enjoying the complete set from the side of the stage. Derek was hittin' the note early and often, starting with a great "Anyday," and Warren did a great job on "44 Blues." Once again, "Rockin' Horse" was a highlight, as this monster jam seems to grow and develop on a nightly basis lately. This version features a full-blown "Little Martha" jam in the middle, with Oteil leading the way!

The heart and soul of this show is definitely the section with Jack Pearson, though. "Dreams" was always one of Jack's best songs when he was a member of the ABB, and his tasteful licks here will show you why. Keyboardist Bruce Katz sat in the whole show and added nicely to this version of Dreams with a very jazzy piano solo.

The show reached another level with "Mountain Jam," which at one point saw Jack, Derek and Warren trading riffs and playing off each other with the kind of telepathic interplay that is the hallmark of the best ABB jams! Simply sublime. After than angelic display, the music turned demonic with a pyrotechnic take on "Whipping Post" that pummelled the crowd into submission.

Welcome back Jack!

Allman Brothers Band
Hollywood, FL 10/20/09

The Allman Brothers had already played over 50 shows on their 40th Anniversary tour when they rolled into south Florida, but they sure didn't sound tired! This blistering performance shows the ABB kicking strong to the finish line and leaving it all onstage as they wrap up a historic tour.

The rare "Come On In My Kitchen" and the first "Desdemona" of the tour are both highlights here, with the band mixing up the setlist to the very end of the tour. Check out Gregg's passionate, pleading vocals on the latter, they will melt your heart and warm your soul. The extended jam on "No One To Run With" has been delivering all year long, and Warren brings it all back home on this one!

The band wrapped up the show with a classic combo that shows the range of their music, from acoustic tenderness to electric thunder. Gregg once again stole the show on "Melissa," his voice never sounding better. Then Derek takes everyone to a different place on an epic version of "Jessica" that hits the note!

The "One Way Out" encore finishes off another great show!

Allman Brothers Band
Clearwater, FL 10/21/09


The 53rd and final show of the Allman Brothers Band's 40th Anniversary Tour was a joyous celebration that encompassed everything good about this band. This was an old-school setlist, without any songs written after 1970, but the electric performances make everything sound brand new all over again.

A combo of "The Same Thing" and "Stormy Monday" paid homage to the band's blues roots, while the Derek and the Dominoes classic "Anyday" and Delaney and Bonnie's "Only You Know And I Know" paid tribute to the rich musical legacy of Duane Allman. "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" crackles with life, taking advantage of its unusual placement as a first set closer to really stand out as a highlight. Derek and Warren were surely making Duane proud on this one! 

The second set began with a vicious "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" that got things rolling quickly. This "Dreams" is another incredible performance by the band, the culmination of a tour that saw many amazing versions of the song. "Black Hearted Woman" was another consistent highlight of the 40th Anniversary celebration, and this one isn't fooling around!

Despite the long tour, the ABB seemed to have extra gas in the tank for this one, kicking into a massive, epic "Mountain Jam>Smokestack Lightning>Mountain Jam" sandwich when the show was already nearing the two hour mark! The encore was the double whammy of "Melissa" and "Whipping Post," with the gentle sounds of the first setting up the perfect contrast for the unbridled fury of the second. Gregg sounds equally excellent on both songs, showing the remarkable vocal strength that has been a hallmark of this year.

This is a three disc show and a great way to end a great tour! May the road go on forever.

2009 Non Beacon shows

10/3/09
Gregg Allman was on guitar for the entire show.
Danny Louis was on Keyboards and Hammond B3 for the entire show.
Jimmy Herring played guitar for the entire show.
Warren Haynes did not play due to travel issues.

Guests on 9/1/09 include Dave Mason and Buddy Guy. 

The West Coast tour started in Oakland, CA. The second show there is spotlighted here, but both make a nice pair of discs.

Charlotte, NC 10/03/09 Chicago IL
9/1/09
Oakland, CA 
5/13/09
 
Disc One

1. Mountain Jam (31:05)
2. Announcement (0:27)
3. Don't Keep Me Wonderin' (6:58)
4. Stormy Monday (7:33)
5. Statesboro Blues (9:51)

Disc Two

1. Anyday (15:17) #
2. Trouble No More (3:38) #
3. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (18:17)
4. JaMaBuBu (6:58)
5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed - reprise (2:50)

Encore: 6. One Way Out (7:33)

# = with Paul Riddle, drums

Gregg Allman was on guitar for the entire show.

Danny Louis was on Keyboards and Hammond B3 for the entire show.

Jimmy Herring played guitar for the entire show.

Warren Haynes did not play due to travel issues.

Disc One

1. Done Somebody Wrong (4:41)
2. Don't Keep Me Wonderin' (4:13)
3. Stage Banter (0:40)
4. Woman Across The River (9:16)
5. Hot'Lanta (5:18)
6. Stand Back (5:55)
7. Revival (10:54)
8. Announcements (0:34)
9. Only You Know And I Know (7:20) @
10. Announcements (0:31)
11. Feelin' Alright (5:19) @
12. Dreams (11:36)

Disc Two

1. Announcements (0:50)
2. The Sky Is Crying (8:51) $
3. You Don't Love Me (7:35) $
4. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (16:04)
5. Crowd Noise (3:06)

Encore: 6. Melissa (7:35)
7. Trouble No More (3:44)

@ = w/ Dave Mason, guitar and vocals
$ = w/ Buddy Guy, guitar and vocals
Disc One

1. Done Somebody Wrong (5:28)
2. You Don't Love Me (6:34)
3. Midnight Rider (3:38)
4. New Instrumental (10:40)
5. The Sky Is Crying (11:23)
6. Come and Go Blues (6:37)
7. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (12:23)
8. Whipping Post (18:14)

Disc Two

1. Revival (11:24)
2. The Same Thing (12:09)
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (5:14)
4. Leave My Blues At Home (6:38)

Disc Three

1. Dreams (12:12)
2. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (13:13)
3. JaMaBuBu (12:20)
4. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed - reprise (2:44)
5. Crowd Noise (3:16)

Encore: 6. Southbound (6:32)
From Allman Brothers Band website you can order the discs there.

Allman Brothers Band
Charlotte, NC 10/03/09

For years we have had customers ask if we had any live shows from the brief Jimmy Herring/Derek Trucks era of the ABB. Unfortunately, since we only began offering these live shows in 2003, and Jimmy toured with the band in 2000, we have had to say no.

Until now, that is! It may have been unexpected, due to a transportation snafu that delayed Warren Haynes' flight, but the Jimmy/Derek lineup was back in full flight for this completely unique, one-of-a-kind show. Besides Jimmy sitting in for Warren, due to a back injury Gregg only played guitar at this show, with keyboard duties handled by Danny Louis from Gov't Mule.

The result is a show unlike any other you've heard, with plenty of highlights. The opening 30 minute "Mountain Jam" was unprecedented, and showed the special chemistry that Derek and Jimmy have together. "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" and "Stormy Monday" showed that Gregg was in fine voice, injured back or not.

One of the most singular moments in this unique show was an expanded 15 minute version of "Anyday" that featured a full-blown "Blue Sky" jam. Derek is really hittin' the note on this one! A magical "Elizabeth Reed" and an explosive "One Way Out" encore cap off an extraordinary night, with the ABB rising above adverse circumstances to deliver an excellent show.

Allman Brothers Band
Chicago, IL 9/1/09

This tour had seen the members of Widespread Panic sit in frequently with the Allman Brothers Band, but this show featured two legendary non-Panic artists joining the ABB on stage: Dave Mason and Buddy Guy! This tour will surely go down in history as one for the ages.

The band didn't wait for the special guests to get their groove on, opening with an extended jam on "Done Somebody Wrong" that was a perfect way to start a show in the home of the blues. The sequence of "Hot'Lanta," "Stand Back" and "Revival" really got things cooking!

Dave Mason has been one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters in rock music since the 60s, and he brought his A game to this show! These versions of "Only You Know And I Know" and "Feelin' Alright" will leave you feelin' alright! After that burst of rockin' adrenaline, the mesmerizing "Dreams" that followed was a nice contrast.

Buddy Guy is one of the greatest living blues legends, and when he stepped on stage he got a hometown welcome from the crowd. Much like Dave Mason, Buddy isn't just coasting on nostalgia--he can still bring it! These scorching renditions of "The Sky Is Crying" and "You Don't Love Me" brought back fond memories of Guy's great guest appearance at the Beacon in March.

This setlist flows so well, and much like "Dreams" was the perfect balance to the Mason segment, "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" was a great choice after Buddy Guy left the stage. The band's range, all the way from rock to blues to jazz, has never been more impressive. A double encore of "Melissa" and "Trouble No More" put an exclamation point on another excellent performance by the ABB!


The second of two shows at Oakland's Fox Theater proved that the first night wasn't just a fluke--The Allman Brothers brought their A game to the West Coast! An unusual setlist and fiery performances make this another great show from the band.

The show starts on a bluesy note with ripping versions of "Done Somebody Wrong" and "You Don't Love Me" that let the crowd know the band means business. The song only known as "New Instrumental" is growing into yet another incredible ABB instrumental jam. Warren's voice is full of passion and longing on "The Sky Is Crying" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." As if that wasn't enough, you don't hear "Whipping Post" in the first set very often, much less a version that crackles with electricity like this set-closing monster.

The second set opens with "Revival," a fitting song for the band's first West Coast tour in four years. Warren really shines in the second set, growling out a nasty "The Same Thing" that would make a preacher lay his Bible down and playing the lead solo in "Dreams" with imagination and precision. The entire band is hittin' the note on the set-closing "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," creating a groove as big as California itself.

Allman Brothers Band
Oakland, CA 5/13/09

The second of two shows at Oakland's Fox Theater proved that the first night wasn't just a fluke--The Allman Brothers brought their A game to the West Coast! An unusual setlist and fiery performances make this another great show from the band.

The show starts on a bluesy note with ripping versions of "Done Somebody Wrong" and "You Don't Love Me" that let the crowd know the band means business. The song only known as "New Instrumental" is growing into yet another incredible ABB instrumental jam. Warren's voice is full of passion and longing on "The Sky Is Crying" and "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." As if that wasn't enough, you don't hear "Whipping Post" in the first set very often, much less a version that crackles with electricity like this set-closing monster.

The second set opens with "Revival," a fitting song for the band's first West Coast tour in four years. Warren really shines in the second set, growling out a nasty "The Same Thing" that would make a preacher lay his Bible down and playing the lead solo in "Dreams" with imagination and precision. The entire band is hittin' the note on the set-closing "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," creating a groove as big as California itself.

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2008 Live Concert Releases

8/15/08 - "And it Stoned Me" is a favorite song of mine. How about "Anyday" and "I Ain't Superstitious."

8/28/08 some rarities  It Hurts Me Too" and an acoustic "I Shall Be Released" with Warren, Derek & Bob Weir

10/4/08 - "Manic Depression" and "Come On In My Kitchen" (with Larry Campbell, fiddle)

Holmdel, NJ 
8-15-08
Chicago, IL 
8/28/08
Charlotte, NC
10-04-08
 
Disc 1

1. Don't Want You No More (2:50)
2. Not My Cross To Bear (5:10)
3. Trouble No More (3:50)
4. Crowd (1:05)
5. Woman Across The River (9:21)
6. Come and Go Blues (7:59)
7. Hot ’Lanta (5:37)
8. Ain't Wastin' Time No More (8:11)
9. And It Stoned Me (6:00)
10. Dreams (13:00)

Disc 2

1. Anyday (8:56)
2. I Ain't Superstitious (7:56) $
3. Midnight Rider (3:55)
4. Revival (10:32)
5. JaMaBuBu (15:09)
6. Revival (reprise) (3:25)
7. Crowd (4:09)
8. Southbound (8:43) %

$ First time played by ABB (Willie Dixon) 
% w/ Junior Mack, guitar
Disc 1

1. Midnight Rider (3:39)
2. Done Somebody Wrong (8:36)
3. Can't Lose What You Never Had (5:47)
4. 44 Blues (13:31)
5. Stand Back (6:36)
6. Dreams (11:06)
7. Crowd (1:22)
8. It Hurts Me Too (7:38) *
9. I Shall Be Released (7:21) #


Disc 2

1. Southbound (8:46) %
2. Jessica (11:28)
3. JaMaBuBu (10:32)
4. Jessica (reprise) (6:07)
5. Crowd (3:05)
6. One Way Out (6:58) %

* w/ Greg Rzab, bass; Mark Karan, guitar
# Acoustic, w/ Bob Weir and Mark Karan, vocals
% w/ Luther Dickinson, guitar
Disc 1: 
Done Somebody Wrong
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin'
The Same Thing
Gambler’s Roll
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Manic Depression
Come and Go Blues
Come On In My Kitchen (with Larry Campbell, fiddle)

Disc 2:
Into The Mystic (with James van der Bogert, drums)
Dreams
Black Hearted Woman
Southbound (with Jackie Green, guitar; John Molo, drums)
Whipping Post

From Allman Brothers Band website you can order the discs there.

Holmdel, NJ 8-15-08

This show saw the ABB taking it up yet another notch in their third show back. Despite the ugly weather, they delivered their best New Jersey show in years, full of scorching jams and unique songs. Gregg was arguably the star of the show, his voice full of passion and conviction as he sang the first versions of “Not My Cross To Bear” and “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” since his return from Hepatitis C treatments, which gave the songs extra meaning.

Willie Dixon’s classic blues tune “I Ain’t Superstitious” was given the full Allman Brothers treatment in its debut, with Warren growling the vocals while Derek’s slide cut like barbed wire. Derek was particularly amazing on “Dreams,” showing why it is one of his signature songs, and he and Warren brought the house down while trading licks on “Woman Across The River.”

“Hot ’Lanta” was intense and tight, and the whole band got a chance to shine on an extended version of “Revival” that including bass and drum solos, and is nothing like any other version of the song you’ve heard. Add Junior Mack (Jaimoe's Jassz Band) on a ripping “Southbound” encore and you have a show that stands up with any of recent years.

Allman Brothers Band
Chicago, Illinois 8-28-08

West's Best selection!

Most Chicago shows have a bluesy flavor, for obvious reasons, and this one is no exception! "44 Blues" was particularly hot and stretched out to include an extended jam. "Done Somebody Wrong" also featured an extended jam, with a false ending that is reminiscent of the extended "Statesboro Blues" on Ludlow Garage.

"It Hurts Me Too" features bassist Greg Rzab, known for playing with Govt Mule and Buddy Guy, and Mark Karan of Ratdog, and continues the deep blues aspect of this show. Karan, along with his band mate Bob Weir, also added vocals to a heartbreaking, powerful version of "I Shall Be Released."

Warren takes the lead on this version of "Dreams" and this performance is revelatory, full of unexpected twists and great riffs. Speaking of great guitar riffs, Luther Dickinson of the Black Crowes and North Mississippi Allstars is wide open on "Southbound" and "One Way Out," teaming up with Derek and Warren to form a 3-headed guitar monster!

Charlotte, NC 10/4/08

A West's Best selection!

This show is an absolute delight for lovers of rare songs and special guests! The first performance of "Come On In My Kitchen" in years benefits a lot from Larry Campbell sitting in on fiddle, adding just the right down-home touch to this classic blues tune. Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" is another setlist rarity--this is only the second time it has been available on an ABB Live CD! "Gambler's Roll" makes it's first appearance of the tour in Charlotte, full of bluesy vocals from Gregg and stinging guitar riffs from Derek and Warren, and Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic" adds to the list of songs you don't hear often from the ABB.

The good stuff doesn't stop there, with a ferocious version of "Black Hearted Woman" and a powerful "Dreams" with solos from both Derek and Warren. "Southbound" features Jackie Greene and John Molo from Phil Lesh's band, and this version smokes! Even so, the highlight of the evening may have been a ripping "Whipping Post" that ended the Allmans set and left a very tough act to follow for Phil and Friends.

Just to underline what an unusual show this was, note the lack of any instrumentals, and no JaBuMa drum section. This will probably go down in history as one of the most unique ABB shows in recent years.

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2005

Warren was away for several shows. These make for some unique releases.

7/23/05 Derek as the only guitarist. He's joined by sax man Ron Holloway.

Warren did rejoin the next night at Saratoga Springs, NY 7/24/05.

On 8/13/05 and 8/14/05 former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Jack Pearson joined for the next two shows. Also sax man Ron Holloway, but only on selected songs. 

This makes a unique killer trio of shows. I think there are a handful of other concerts that Jack Pearson played in place of Warren, however, I did not see them available. I think they are Aug. 12 in Morton, Minnesota, and Aug. 16 and 17, the two shows in Canada. Warren rejoined on Aug. 19. 

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Instant Live 2005
Philadelphia, PA 7/23/05
Instant Live 2005
Rosemont, IL 
8/13/05
Instant Live 2005
Clarkston, MI 
8/14/05
DISC ONE
Mountain Jam 17:48
Statesboro Blues 5:07
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More 7:06
Southbound 6:39
Trouble No More 3:34
Stormy Monday 9:33
Hot 'lanta 4:58
Franklin’s Tower 8:53
You Don’t Love Me 8:06



DISC TWO

Dreams 11:12
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed 36:11
One Way Out 6:35

Ron Holloway - sax on all songs
DISC ONE 

Don’t Want You No More 2:39/
It’s Not My Cross To Bear 5:08
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 4:10
Every Hungry Woman 7:21
Dimples 9:16
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More 8:12
Stand Back 6:37

DISC TWO

Stormy Monday 9:45
Hot ’lanta 5:49
Franklin’s Tower 12:33
Dreams 12:05

DISC THREE

Leave My Blues At Home 27:34
Jessica 16:11
Whipping Post 17:13 
DISC ONE
Statesboro Blues 5:05
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More 8:04 
Southbound 8:21
Hot ’lanta 5:39
Don’t Want You No More 2:35/
It’s Not My Cross To Bear 4:57
Black Hearted Woman 6:55



DISC TWO

I Can Fix It 9:26
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 4:17
Revival 5:25
Dreams 12:35
You Don’t Love Me 9:19

DISC THREE

Mountain Jam 34:51
One Way Out 6:49 

From Allman Brothers Band website you can order the discs there.

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2005
Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA 7/23/05

Have you ever wondered what the ABB would sound like with one guitar and a saxophone player? If so, this "West’s Best" selection is the show for you. Sax legend Ron Holloway stepped in on short notice for Warren Haynes at this gig, and his rich tone and tasteful saxophone playing add plenty to the mix. However, the star of this show is Derek Trucks. He has to pull all of the guitar weight and does so in great fashion. The opening "Mountain Jam" is sure to be different from any version you’ve ever heard. A deep, bluesy "Stormy Monday" and powerful sax-fueled versions of "Elizabeth Reed" and "Dreams" are other highlights from this unique evening.

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2005
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL 8/13/05

For the second year in a row, Rosemont makes the cut for "West’s Best." Besides a great starting lineup, the Allman Brothers Band has the strongest bench in the league, and this show is proof! With Warren Haynes off the road temporarily, sax man Ron Holloway and former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson stepped up and did a great job. Besides spectacular guitar work, Jack lends vocals to the blues classic "Dimples," which swings with a sassy strut. "Dreams" has always been one of Jack’s specialties, and this version soars on wings of glass, but the exclamation point on this show is the amazing 1-2 punch of "Jessica" and "Whipping Post" that closes the night.


Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2005
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI 8/14/05

With a full show under his belt, Jack Pearson sounds right at home here, and sax master Ron Holloway is his usual incredible self. The show features Jack singing his song "I Can Fix It" for the first time with the Allman Brothers Band. Popular openers "Hot ’lanta" and "Don’t Want You No More>It’s Not My Cross to Bear" show up back-to-back in rare mid-set appearances. Jack always shines on "Dreams" and this is no exception, but the "Mountain Jam" from this show may feature his best playing of this mini-tour.

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2005

The 2005 tour highlighted several guests. 
Mansfield, MA 8-20-05 - Chuck Leavell
Atlantic City, NJ, 8-26-05 - The Asbury Jukes
Canadaigua, NY 7-22-05 - Pedal Steel Philip and Chuck Campbell

Other items to look for.
8/27/05 - Another show featuring the Ashbury Jukes.
8/28/05 - Phish fans, Trey Anastasio sits in on "Mountain Jam."

Allman Brothers Band Live Concert series CD reviews
Instant Live 2005
Mansfield, MA 
8-20-05
Instant Live 2005
Atlantic City, NJ, 8-26-05
Instant Live 2005
Canadaigua, NY 7-22-05
DISC ONE
Revival 7:21
Every Hungry Woman 7:22
You Don’t Love Me 8:20
Who’s Been Talking 10:03
No One To Run With 6:13
*Desdemona 13:27 

DISC TWO
Woman Across The River 7:47
Soulshine 6:56
Egypt 15:20
Melissa 5:46
*Dreams 13:21 

DISC THREE
Leave My Blues At Home 2:37/    
Drums 9:52 /
*Jessica 11:22
*Southbound 8:22 

*w/ Chuck Leavell, piano

 

DISC ONE
You Don’t Love Me  8:15

Midnight Rider  3:14

Trouble No More  3:33

Woman Across The River  8:16

Old Before My Time    5:49

Egypt   15:57

 

DISC TWO
End of the Line  7:30
Desdemona (w/ Ron Holloway, sax)  16:31
*Into the Mystic  5:29
*The Same Thing  12:37

 

DISC THREE
*The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  6:03
Dreams  13:02
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed  23:35
Southbound  8:36

* w/ The Asbury Jukes horns

 
DISC ONE
Done Somebody Wrong  3:44
Every Hungry Woman  6:17
Who’s Been Talking     10:08 
Black Hearted Woman  6:25
Gambler’s Roll  6:51
Hoochie Coochie Man  10:29

 

DISC TWO

Egypt    16:22
Good Clean Fun  5:09
Stormy Monday   9:39
Midnight Rider (w/ Gavin DeGraw, vocals; Chuck Campbell, pedal steel)  3:24

Instrumental Illness  33:01

 

DISC THREE
One Way Out  (w/Philip Campbell , guitar; Chuck Campbell, pedal steel)  7:27
Whipping Post  16:58

 

From Allman Brothers Band website you can order the discs there.

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2005
Tweeter Center
Mansfield, MA 8/20/05

ABB alumnus Chuck Leavell took time out from rehearsals for the Rolling Stones tour to sit in with the band at this great show. This one also made the cut again for "West’s Best," and there is no doubt why! Chuck lends his jazzy piano stylings to the modern classic "Desdemona," and takes a rare keyboard solo on "Dreams" before finishing the show with his trademark "Jessica" and a rousing version of "Southbound." Don’t miss the extended "Revival" opener and Warren’s bluesy take on Howlin’ Wolf’s "Who’s Been Talking," plus yet another revelatory version of "Egypt."

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2005
Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ 8/26/05

Horn lovers, rejoice! The Asbury Jukes horns joined the band for a memorable sit-in at this intimate performance, which makes it a natural choice for a "West’s Best" selection. The versions of "Into the Mystic," "The Same Thing" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" really benefit from the extra firepower of a horn section, and sax man Ron Holloway lends a hand to a smoking version of "Desdemona." An epic "Dreams>Liz Reed" combo features amazing guitar work from Derek and Warren, and on "Liz Reed" Holloway gets another chance to show why he has been such a frequent guest with the band.

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2005
Finger Lakes PAC
Canandaigua, NY 7/22/05

The Howlin’ Wolf classic "Who’s Been Talking" is a standout from this show in Upstate New York, with great solos from Derek and Warren and a perfect feel to the song. Disc Two will be a favorite for jam lovers, with a powerful 16-minute "Egypt" and a 30+ minute "Instrumental Illness," the only time they have ever played both of these songs at the same show. Philip and Chuck Campbell add their sacred steel flavor to "One Way Out" and "Midnight Rider," which also features guest vocalist Gavin DeGraw. Don’t overlook this "Whipping Post" either. 

Allman Brothers Band Live Concert series CD reviews

2004

For 2004 we've spotlighted the three Atlanta shows. 
"With the 3 distinctively different versions of "Dreams," and 50 other classics with no repeats."

Allman Brothers Band Live Concert series CD reviews
Instant Live 2004
Fox Theatre, 9/24/04
Instant Live 2004
Fox Theatre, 9/25/04
Instant Live 2004
Fox Theatre, 9/26/04
DISC ONE
Mountain Jam 13:39
Trouble No More 3:26
Midnight Rider 4:15
Wasted Words 7:50
Worried Down with the Blues 8:35
You Don't Love Me 9:04
Aint' Wastin' Time No More 8:41

DISC TWO
Rockin' Horse 12:57
Hot 'Lanta 5:20
Melissa 6:21
Come and Go Blues 7:21
Can't Lose What You Never Had 6:39
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?> 6:00
Franklin's Tower 9:47

DISC THREE
Black Hearted Woman 27:38
Dreams (w/Jack Pearson) 13:46
Mountain Jam (w/Jack Pearson) 11:04
Southbound (w/Jack Pearson) 10:09
DISC ONE
Les Brers in A Minor> 
Don't Want You No More/
It's Not My Cross To Bear 12:05
Statesboro Blues 5:06
Stand Back 5:51
Who's Been Talking 9:31
Soulshine 8:29
Good Clean Fun 5:42
Old Before My Time 6:49
Woman Across the River 7:45

DISC TWO
Instrumental Illness 14:59
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 8:00
Leave My Blues At Home 5:16
Key To The Highway 7:54
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Susan Tedeschi, vocals and guitar) 7:06
One Way Out (Vaylor Trucks, guitar) 7:33

DISC THREE
Blue Sky 8:43
Dreams 10:30
Les Brers in A Minor 10:57
Layla 7:48 
DISC ONE
Revival 6:04
Every Hungry Woman 5:52
Done Somebody Wrong 4:11
Hoochie Coochie Man 11:25
Desdemona 14:17
High Cost of Low Living 11:13
Forty-Four Blues 12:36
End of the Line 6:29

DISC TWO
Dreams 12:36
I Walk On Gilded Splinters 7:06
Stormy Monday 9:04
The Same Thing (Rob Barraco, piano) 13:05
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (Rob Barraco, piano) >drums> 35:00

DISC THREE
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed>bass>In Memory of Elizabeth Reed 6:50
Don't Keep Me Wonderin' 4:59
No One To Run With 5:36
Whipping Post 15:00

From Allman Brothers Band website you can order the discs there.

Instant Live 2004
Fox Theatre, 9/24/04
The greatest live band in the world in the finest music venue known to man. It simply doesn't get any better than that! The Brothers rise to the occasion with stellar versions of "You Don't love Me," "Ain't Wastin' Time No More," and "Hot'Lanta" in the first set, and an incredible guest appearance by former Allman Brother Jack Pearson on "Dreams," "Mountain Jam," and "Southbound" in the second set!

Instant Live 2004
Fox Theatre, 9/25/04

For the second of three historic shows at the Fox, the band had something up their sleeves. For the first time since Dickey Betts left the band, they played "Blue Sky" and "Les Brers in A Minor," and both songs were mind-blowing. Derek gets his turn at "Dreams," and the "Layla" encore features great interplay between Derek on guitar and Gregg on piano. Susan Tedeschi and Vaylor Trucks make guest appearances on "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and "One Way Out," respectively. 

Instant Live 2004
Fox Theatre, 9/26/04
Many people wondered how the Allman Brothers would top Saturday's Fox show, but they were up to the challenge. The first set featured five songs over ten minutes in length, including top-notch versions of "Desdemona" and "Hoochie Coochie Man," plus Warren Haynes finishing off the magnificent "Dreams" trifecta. "Stormy Monday" shows why Gregg Allman is still considered one of the finest blues singers ever. Rob Barraco adds immensely to fantastic takes on "The Same Thing" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," Oteil pays a beautiful tribute to Ray Charles in his bass solo, and a thunderous "Whipping Post" brings the Fox run to an earth-shattering conclusion!

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Being a big fan of "Blue Sky" we've listed the other shows during that tour it was performed.

The 9/6 show offers some pedal steel on three songs. 

Instant Live 2004
Raleigh, NC 10/1/04
Instant Live 2004
San Antonio, TX 10/10/04
Instant Live 2004
Darien Lake, New York 9/6/04
 
DISC ONE

Statesboro Blues 5:16
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More 6:42
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ 4:11
Hoochie Coochie Man 9:43
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 6:18
One Way Out 5:31
Blue Sky 8:32
Rockin’ Horse 12:06

DISC TWO

Desdemona 11:01
Midnight Rider 3:42
Les Brers in A Minor 14:36
Stormy Monday 10:05
Southbound 5:53
Whipping Post 13:20
DISC ONE
You Don't Love Me 8:18
Midnight Rider 3:34
Southbound 8:32
Who's Been Talking 10:45
Soulshine 7:15
Leave My Blues At Home 5:19
The Sky Is Crying 10:02

DISC TWO
Instrumental Illness 14:09
Statesboro Blues 5:29
Blue Sky 7:37
Woman Across The River 8:02
Dreams 11:08
Revival 3:58
One Way Out 6:31
DISC ONE
Revival 
Can't Lose What You Never Had 
Trouble No More 
Woman Across The River 
Old Before My Time 
Come and Go Blues 
You Don't Love Me 

DISC TWO
Into The Mystic 
Ain't Wastin' Time No More 
Stormy Monday 
Wasted Words 
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed 

DISC THREE
Midnight Rider 
with Chuck Campbell, pedal steel guitar
Soulshine 
with Chuck Campbell, pedal steel guitar
Southbound 
with Chuck Campbell, pedal steel guitar
Encore
Statesboro Blues 

From Allman Brothers Band website you can order the discs there.

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2004
Alltel Pavilion
Raleigh, NC 10/1/04

The Allman Brothers are the only group to play at Walnut Creek every year since it opened, and this performance shows why they keep inviting them back! The resurgence of "Stormy Monday" continues with an excellent rendition here, and "Blue Sky" and "Les Brers" are played convincingly, proving that the Fox wasn’t just a one-time breakout for these tunes. A great show, and a strong way to open the band’s historic tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2004
San Antonio, TX 10/10/04


The band pulled out all the stops for the last performance of a spectacular summer, and came up with a set list to die for. "You Don't Love Me" kicked off an evening full of blues, and the fans in Texas were treated to sultry versions of "The Sky Is Crying," "Who's Been Talking," and "Woman Across the River." They threw in a swinging "Blue Sky" and an explosive "Dreams" as well, making this the perfect capper to your Instant Live collection for 2004! Check out Butch's end of the tour comments after the encore!

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2004
Darien Lake, New York 9/6/04

Warehouse find! We thought we were sold out of this popular show but we recently moved our inventory and discovered a few of these left!

Allman Brothers Band Live Concert series CD reviews

2003

In 2003 the Allman Brothers Band released their first studio album, Hittin' The Note, featuring the Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes guitar line-up.  This is one excellent album. It also is the first year that they began selling live concert releases. Too for the annual Beacon run, they have a live DVD entitled, Live At the Beacon Theatre and a live 2 disc CD entitled One Way Out, that are available for purchase.

This page is primarily the live concert series, but the studio album and DVD are top notch.

Of the Instant Live concerts, Raleigh, 8/10/03, has a perfectly delivered version of "Into the Mystic," Susan Tedeschi leads the band through "Don't Think Twice (it's All Right)" and Branford Marsalis sits in for "Dreams" and "Whipping Post."

Allman Brothers Band Live Concert series CD reviews
Live at the Beacon Theatre
DVD
Hittin' The Note Instant Live 2003
8/10/03
Ain't Wastin' Time No More
Black Hearted Woman
Statesboro Blues
Woman Across the River
A Change Is Gonna Come
Maydell
Come & Go Blues
Rockin' Horse
Desdemona
Don't Keep Me Wondering
Midnight Rider
Soul Shine
High Cost of Low Living
Leave My Blues at Home
Old Before My Time
The Same Thing
Melissa
Instrumental Illness
Worried Down with the Blues 
Dreams
Whippin' Post

One Way Out (encore)

Disc 2
Old Friend (rehearsal) More....

1. Firing Line 
2. High Cost of Low Living 
3. Desdemona 
4. Woman Across the River 
5. Old Before My Time 
6. Who To Believe 
7. Maydell
8. Rockin' Horse 
9. Heart of Stone 
10. Instrumental Illness 
11. Old Friend 
DISC ONE
Don't Keep Me Wonderin' 4:15
Done Somebody Wrong 3:55
Come and Go Blues 7:01
Woman Across The River 8:21
Gambler's Roll 7:18
Soulshine 7:09
Who's Been Talking 10:08
Don't Think Twice (it's All Right) 6:41 w/ Susan Tedeschi, guitar & vocals

DISC TWO
Old Before My Time 6:27
Wasted Words 7:11
Instrumental Illness 39:33 w/ Karl Denson, saxophone
Into The Mystic 5:08

DISC THREE
Dreams 13:04 w/ Branford Marsalis, saxophone
Whipping Post 15:33 w/ Branford Marsalis, saxophone
One Way Out 7:06 

From Allman Brothers Band website you can order the discs there.

Allman Brothers Band
Instant Live 2003
Raleigh, NC 8/10/03

The sixth and final Instant Live from 2003 - and in many ways, the best - with special guest, a great set list and incredible playing! Catch special guest, Branford Marsalis, on "Dreams" and "Whipping Post" - stunning and historic are the words that comes to mind when you hear this, folks. The best horn ever on "Dreams."

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