Friday Night with Guitar George – The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East

How great is a band in which Richard Betts is the second best guitarist ?  Sort of like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the same lineup for the Yankees.  Betts goes on a nice run beginning at 2:00, and Gregg launches a great run on keyboards at 3:54.  All this time Duane is anchoring the sound with lovely rhythm guitar playing, but at 5:20 Duane takes over on lead guitar, and that’s when the shit gets real.  Because we usually think of Duane as a master of the slide guitar, we sometimes forget that he was a great picker as well.  I love the look Gregg gives Duane around 6:50, like “Are you really that freaking good?”  The answer, of course, is a resounding yes.

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