After listening to this you will understand why this is my favorite Rock-n-Roll band of all time.
They turned me on to the blues (among others) with their very first self entitled album in 1969. With “It’s Not My Cross to Bear”, “Whipping Post” & a song I would always hear on WABX in the wee hours of the morning in 71/72 with my head phones in place as loud as the stereo would go “Dreams”.
With their second in 1970 Idle South with songs “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” & their fierce version of “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” I was hooked for life. So by time their third live double album came out At Fillmore East in 71 my mind, heart and soul was into every single note they played and chord they struck.
I would never again hear a better version of T Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday” the way the Allman Brothers Band would play it. Plainly and simply the best it was ever recorded. And Lee Michaels played a damn good version of his own but in my mind this Fillmore album would top all of them.
Previous album songs got longer and all of the bands members would explode with their God-given talents.
“You Don’t Love Me” as it went on just got better and better with ever-changing tempos and guitar riffs made in heaven. Duane Allman & Dicky Betts just jammed the living daylights out of this song. You couldn’t blast it loud enough. And the ending was pure magic. No wonder they called it “Joy to the World” medley. This whole band has brought exactly that from the time they started playing.
It was just way too beyond sad that just 3 months after its release that the whole world would lose one of the most gifted blues guitarists we would ever see and hear and a year later one of the best bassists would join him. Duane & Barry are buried side by side and even though their fans have missed them tremendously, they are still loving and enjoying every single thing they produced musically while they were with us.
The song’s title couldn’t have been any farther from the truth.
Song written by Willie Cobbs (“Joy to the World” medley at end by ABB)
Recorded March 12, 1971 (1971-03-12)–March 13, 1971 (1971-03-13) Fillmore East, New York
Released July 1971
– lead guitar, slide guitar
– organ, piano, vocals
– lead guitar, vocals
– bass guitar
Jai Johanny Johanson
– drums, congas, timbales
– drums, tympani