Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Live Albums of All TimeSelections include 'The Last Waltz,' 'Live Bullet' and 'Live at Leeds'
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2. The Allman Brothers - 'Live at the Filmore East'
Seven months before Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident, the Allman Brothers Band played a two-night stand at New York's Fillmore East. The resulting live album captured the original lineup of the band at their absolute peak. "Whipping Post" lasts 23 minutes, while "Mountain Jam" goes well past half an hour – but in both cases the energy never lets up for an instant. Producer Tom Dowd is responsible for the glorious sound and clean mix of the LP. It's impossible to even tell that some songs were shortened, and in some cases he even combined two takes of the same song into one. Last year the group (now down to just two original members) played the whole set at the Beacon Theater in honor of the LP's 40th anniversary.