Although they maintain that they’ve retired from active recording or performing, The Allman Brothers Band have inked a deal with RED Distribution to release a slew of archival live recordings, the first of which, Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971, will appear on compact disc in retail outlets beginning April 1st.
Recorded just eight weeks before the death of founding member Duane Allman, the ten-song set was originally broadcast live on WPLJ radio in New York City. “We were set up in that studio just like we did on stage,” ABB drummer Butch Trucks told David Fricke of Rolling Stone. “But it was better. Rather than having their backs to me, the front line – Duane, Dickey and Berry – was facing us in kind of a semi-circle, which made it even easier to communicate. When I play, I stare at the left hand of whoever is playing lead. And I get to know what people are playing well enough that when they start going somewhere, once they arrive, I’m already there.”
RED will also take over the distribution of several other live shows the band has released over the last few years, including American University (12/12/1970), Stony Brook, NY (9/19/1971), Macon City Auditorium (2/11/1972), Nassau Coliseum 5/1/1973) and Boston Common (8/17/1971).