Silver Supporting Member
His name was “Berry Oakley,” not “Barry.”I never listened to Allman Bros after the Brothers & Sisters album. Lots of great music resulted as Trucks and the other virtuoso guitarist came on board; so I'm told. Don't even remember the other guys name, but no disrespect meant. Idlewild South and Live At Fillmore East were the definitives for me. I had their origins album w/Sweet Melissa and Eat A Peach, but Idlewild and Live were The Incredible Magic.
Still nothing else ever like those two albums.... Duane and Betts w/Barry Oakley and Greg's keyboards and singing were just perfection.
I equate the music on those albums as equivalents to The Best Done by Monk or Mingus, and throw Miles into the mix too. Who knows what further heights the group would've gone to had Duane & Barry lived? The Hot 'Lanta opening and segue into Elizabeth Reed is thrilling, remains so no matter how many times I hear it. Of course, might have been just the great mixing job done on the Live album. Couple of songs on Live, I understand, were spliced amalgamations from the 3 days they performed at that Fillmore East date.
Duane and Betts' guitars just "sing" like no others ever have since. It's the greatest jazz fusion, or blues fusion ever recorded. Not a false start or note in the whole performance. There's really NO 2nd rate songs on Live At The Fillmore East. Even the tune-up strumming intro to Reed is about perfect!
Not really that many "perfect" albums out there. Very few that meld two distinct styles into something "new" that is definitively great. There's great sides like A on John Barleycorn Must Die and A on Dave Mason's Alone Together. Hendrix's Experienced and Electric Ladyland are also definitively great and were new then and remain new & fresh now. Not like I've heard everything, but 50's jazz and mid-60s to late 80s contemporary rock I explored in depth or was on the scene for.
The live performance of At Fillmore East remains to my mind the pinnacle of rock for its purity and perfection. I had a great many of Monk's Riverside albums and could appreciate the nuances found in each of his many performances of The Monk Songbook, but Live At The Fillmore was The One Pinacle of their art and genius. Trying to dissect their sound really just fails. Nobody's ever gotten the "feel" or the tone to my mind that equals those Fillmore performances.
About 1990, there was a 3 cd set of Layla released with all the outtakes and jams of that session included. Definitely recommended for every Duane Allman fan.
Gregg spelled his name with two “g’s,” too, but that’s just a spelling issue, not a totally different name, like “Barry.”