“A wicked blend of rock, jazz and R&B that created a dynamic, groundbreaking sound.” – John Lynskey , Hittin’ The Note

The Owsley Stanley Foundation and the Allman Brothers Band are pleased to present the latest chapter in Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Allman Brothers Band, Fillmore East, February 1970, available now on CD and audiophile downloads. The CD includes material from three incredible performances early in the Allman Brothers’ career, and the digital downloads provide access to all of Owsley’s Recordings of these shows.

“A legend recording a legend” – T. Michael Coleman, Bass

The Owsley Stanley Foundation is pleased to present an audiophile release of incendiary performances by the incomparable Doc and Merle Watson, from Bear’s Sonic Journals -Owsley’s storied trove of live concert recordings.

“A wicked blend of rock, jazz and R&B that created a dynamic, groundbreaking sound.”
– John Lynskey , Hittin’ The Note

The Owsley Stanley Foundation and the Allman Brothers Band are pleased to present the latest chapter in Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Allman Brothers Band, Fillmore East, February 1970, available now on CD and audiophile downloads. The CD includes material from three incredible performances early in the Allman Brothers’ career, and the digital downloads provide access to all of Owsley’s Recordings of these shows.

Allman Brothers Fillmore

The Owsley Stanley Foundation and the Allman Brothers Band are pleased to present the latest chapter in Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Allman Brothers Band, Fillmore East, February 1970, available now on CD and audiophile downloads. The CD includes material from three incredible performances early in the Allman Brothers’ career, and the digital downloads provide access to all of Owsley’s Recordings of these shows.

Allman Brothers Fillmore
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Essential Listening for Allman Brother’s Fans

  • This recording showcases an early incarnation of the band with Duane Allman in full form and featuring the earliest known live concert recording of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.”
  • The tapes were recorded just one year before the band’s landmark At Fillmore East album from the same venue.
  • Long out-of-print, this set was freshly restored and mastered from the original tapes captured by legendary Grateful Dead soundman, Owsley Stanley, a/k/a Bear, who is known for the purity of his “Sonic Journal” recordings.
  • All of the source tapes for the CD release have been transferred and mastered for release as high-resolution FLAC files – this includes never before released material from each performance.
  • The CD release features all new album art and liner notes, including a series of rare band photos from the Fillmore East in February 1970, original cover artwork (“Electric Mushroom”), and new notes from John Lynskey (Hittin The Note – Fanzine editor in chief) and the Owsley Stanley Foundation.
  • These tapes were transferred and restored to the most exacting audiophile standards, utilizing state-of-the-art Plangent Processes techniques to remove subtle timing distortions created by the recording and playback devices.
  • The mastering was done by Jeffrey Norman (Mockingbird Mastering), long-time collaborator with the Grateful Dead and Owsley Stanley.

Important Release Dates

  • July 19-22: The CD will debut and be sold by OSF & ABB exclusively at The Peach Music Festival
  • July 24: Pre-release CDs will ship if purchased here. 
  • July 27: high-resolution digital downloads of all source tapes will be available here.
  • August 10: CDs available in stores
  • November 23: Vinyl (analog reel-to-reel tape to follow)

Available On Digital Download and CD:

Compilation Includes:

1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Hoochie Coochie Man
3. Statesboro Blues
4. Trouble No More
5. Outskirts of Town
6. Whipping Post
7. Mountain Jam

Available On Digital Download Only:

February 11, 1970

1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Trouble No More
4. Hoochie Coochie Man
5. Mountain Jam (Incomplete)

February 13, 1970

1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Outskirts of Town (Cut)
3. Mountain Jam (Incomplete)

February 14, 1970

1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Hoochie Coochie Man
3. Outskirts of Town (Incomplete)
4. Whipping Post
5. Mountain Jam (Incomplete)

CD Compilation Includes:
1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Hoochie Coochie Man
3. Statesboro Blues
4. Trouble No More
5. Outskirts of Town
6. Whipping Post
7. Mountain Jam
Allman Brothers Fillmore

 Digital Downloads Includes:

All of Owsley’s Source Recordings
Materials From February 11, 13, & 14
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Statesboro Blues
Trouble No More
Hoochie Coochie Man
Mountain Jam
And So Much More…

Released on Compact Disc and
Lossless Audiophile FLAC Downloads

State-of-the-art Plangent Process transfer techniques were used to remove subtle timing distortions created by the recording and playback devices (wow and flutter), resulting in the most accurate replication of the music.

Notes on the Digital Download Release

These recordings were not previously released in their entirety because they contain significant gaps, usually due to reel changes in the middle of songs.   Bear wanted people to have the option of hearing the shows. So here it is!

In this case, Bear’s complete recordings include previously unreleased material of the Allman Brothers, with Duane in his prime. On each night, you can find something special and rare — even if only in a fragment or a solo.

Whether or not you may be inclined to compare all three of these earliest live versions of Elizabeth Reed, or to study Bear’s placement of microphones each night, or to splice your own version of Mountain Jam to compete with the one Bear and Jeffrey Norman first assembled back in 1996, we thought it important to make it all available with the blessing and support of the Allman Brothers Band.

Available in FLAC 192kHz/24bit, FLAC 96kHz/24bit, and ALAC Apple Lossless

Audiophile High Resolution Digital Download Release

These Sonic Journals comprise the complete source material for the compilation Allman Brothers Band, Fillmore East February 1970, which included performances from February 11, 13, & 14, 1970. These recordings were not previously released in their entirety and are not now being released in a physical format because they contain significant gaps, usually due to reel changes in the middle of songs. Nonetheless, because we are essentially completists like Bear, if the artists will allow it, our natural inclination is to release every concert in whole, as historically significant and sonically pure artifacts. In this case, the source material includes previously unreleased material of the Allman Brothers with Duane in his prime. On each night, you can find something special and rare — even if only in a fragment or a solo. Whether or not you may be inclined to compare all three of these earliest live versions of Elizabeth Reed, or to study Bear’s placement of microphones each night, or to splice your own version of Mountain Jam to compete with the one Bear and Jeffrey Norman first assembled back in 1996, we thought it important to make it all available with the blessing and support of the Allman Brothers Band.

Available in FLAC 192kHz/24bit, FLAC 96kHz/24bit, and ALAC Apple Lossless

All Source Tapes Available on Digital Download Include:

February 11, 1970

1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Trouble No More
4. Hoochie Coochie Man
5. Mountain Jam (Incomplete)

February 13, 1970

1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Outskirts of Town (Cut)
3. Mountain Jam (Incomplete)

February 14, 1970

1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Hoochie Coochie Man
3. Outskirts of Town (Incomplete)
4. Whipping Post
5. Mountain Jam (Incomplete)

Download Compilation Includes:
1. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
2. Hoochie Coochie Man
3. Statesboro Blues
4. Trouble No More
5. Outskirts of Town
6. Whipping Post
7. Mountain Jam

The “Save The Tapes!” campaign seeks to raise money to enable the digitization, preservation, and release of Bear’s Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era. Donations are much appreciated and are in fact essential to our ability to preserve and release future recordings!

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The "Save The Music!" campaign seeks to raise money to enable the digitization, preservation, and release of Bear's Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era. Donations are much appreciated and are in fact essential to our ability to preserve and release future recordings!

Donate via our secure form, or send checks made out to the Owsley Stanley Foundation to: Owsley Stanley Foundation PO Box 625 Occidental, Ca 95465 We were officially granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status by the IRS in December 2012. Any donations given prior to the granting of our nonprofit status are fully deductable.

Adopt-A-Reel Program:  For donations of $400 or more, we will work with you to select one of Bear’s Sonic Journals for priority preservation. Along with other recognition of your generous contribution, if the recording you select is viable for future release by OSF, you will receive a liner note credit.

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