Featuring the leading blues man of his time Buddy Guy, the highly regarded gospel tinged Rootsy blues of The Holmes Brothers, and pianist Pinetop Perkins from the classic Muddy Waters band, this DVD should have been an excellent blues primer. In fact, sad to say the project falls short of that mainly because of a seemingly complete absence of editing, meaning that Buddy Guy's set actually starts and finishes on a slow blues, while the Holmes Brothers must surely have delivered something better during their set, which includes a faux pas from guitarist Wendell Holmes on an introductory phrase.
The Allman Brothers shared the bill with the Grateful Dead on several notable occasions. This release recalls the Brothers in support of the Dead and Love in February 1970 at the fabulous Fillmore East. No specific dates for the performances are noted, so it is presumed this release is a composite from recordings made at some point during the two sets per night that the Allman's performed on February 11th through the 14th. There is no mistaking the unbridled fervor of the original line-up of the band. Rising to the challenge of exploratory psychedelia – while remaining ever faithful to their Southern blues roots – blues standards such as "(I'm Gonna Move to The) Outskirts of Town" and "Hoochie Coochie Man" are strengthened and extended beyond their typical assertions. No longer are they relegated to the inadequately rendered thrashings of garage rock. Betts and the Allman's understand the dynamics of blues. It is out of this respect for the art form that the band is able to pull off such authentic psychedelia-tinged Delta sounds.
It takes an aircraft-carrier of a release such as Live at the Beacon Theatre to remind us just how unique the Allman Brothers Band always was and still is. Traditionally a byword for down-home R&B/country blues-rock, the reality is that the band's gigantic sound is almost a musical form in itself. Make no mistake, the Allmans are still making big music, now with a two-guitar front line as well as their trademark two-drummer rhythm section (augmented these days with an additional percussionist), plus Gregg Allman's Hammond cutting through all of this like a serrated knife.
Although pop music enjoyed a larger audience and more expansive industrial structure at the time of rock’s emergence, the rhythm ‘n’ blues genre possessed a richer assortment of the artists who were to mold the new music’s style. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the work of these artists provided the strongest and most consistent reason for the quality and appeal of the music itself.
Uzi Feinerman (Boom Pam) - Guitar & Vocals, Sefi Zisling (Funk'n'stein) – Trumpet, and Eitan Efrat – Drums are "The Ramirez Brothers", a power trio that has gained many fans in the past few years. The Ramirez Brothers' shows have earned a cult following in their native Tel Aviv town. The Ramirez musical journey fuses a groovy mixture with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix' blues, through Funk and Rockabilly to Americana, which creates an old/new unique sound.