4. The Allman Brothers Band, 'The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings'
In the year that rock's hardiest improvising group finally retired from the road, the March '71 nights that produced the Allmans' immortal concert document, At Fillmore East, were unleashed in full: the early and late shows of the 12th and 13th, in the original order of performance. The strong roll of the mostly previously unreleased sets on the 12th was complicated by the unexpected appearance of a guest saxophonist, showing that producer Tom Dowd chose well for the tracks on the original double LP. But the long haul — and the addition of a June 27th show, the last ever played at the Fillmore East — also means a lot more of the Allmans' incendiary interplay at an unexpected crest of their powers: seven months before the death of founding guitarist Duane Allman.