Today I picked up yet another copy of The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East. This thing has gone through a lot of versions over the years. The concerts were recorded in 1971, and the album was originally released in July of that year. It got played over an over, not just by me ... I only ever had one copy on vinyl, but I'm sure many people wore out more than one copy. Then Duane died, and in 1972 the band released Eat a Peach, which included more music from the Fillmore shows, most notably a version of Donovan's "First There Is a Mountain" that ran for more than half an hour (it was split over two sides on vinyl). The first Fillmore album ended with "Whipping Post," which clocked in at just under 23 minutes, and finished with "Mountain Jam" just starting as the album faded out.
So you had to know that in the CD era, they would manage to re-issue this stuff with "Mountain Jam" now loaded right after "Whipping Post." Which they did in 1992 with The Fillmore Concerts.
But ... and now I need to back up again. One of the most famous crowd shoutouts in rock and roll history came on the original album. Duane says "We got a little number from our first album we're gonna do for ya. Berry starts her off." At which point some anonymous fan yells out the immortal "Whipping POST!" This became one of the most treasured moments ever, and for most of the 70s, you couldn't attend a concert without someone at some point shouting out "Whipping POST!"
OK, back to The Fillmore Concerts. This release not only featured "Whipping Post" and "Mountain Jam" one after the other, it had a little bit of editing in other places, as well. Yep, you guessed it ... there's no guy shouting out "Whipping POST!" What the hell is up with that? Of course, by the time I find this out, I've already bought the damn thing.
But not to fear. In 2003, the original album was re-released as the "Deluxe Edition," once again with the Eat a Peach material worked in (along with a few other songs). And this time, that guy in the crowd is back in the mix. I finally picked it up today, so now at last I have "Whipping Post" and "Mountain Jam" back-to-back, with the guy in the crowd barking his immortal yell, and all is right with the world for a day or two.
At this point I have no idea what the "real" concerts were like ... all three of the albums have been fiddled with, as are virtually all concert albums. Only thing that really matters is that the band plays on all of them ... at the end of the day, that's why I've been listening to this album for almost 35 years.