Set for reissue on March 26th — the Allman Brothers Band's 61st anniversary — is the long-out of print Live At Great Woods DVD. The show, recorded on September 6th, 1991 at Mansfield, Massachusetts' Great Woods Amphitheater, features Allmans co-founders Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe — with guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody, and percussionist Marc Quiñones.
According to the press release, “Filmed for a Japanese TV special, the original DVD release incorporated interview segments into the songs, but this re-mastered version — with the rights recently being returned to the Allman Brothers Band Recording Company, with distribution by The Orchard — keeps the songs in full. It will be available on DVD and digitally, and individual audio and video tracks will be available digitally.”
The tracklisting to Live At Great Woods is: “Statesboro Blues,” “End Of The Line,” “Blue Sky,” “Midnight Rider,” “Going Down The Road,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Get On With Your Life,” “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” “Revival,” “Jessica,” and “Whipping Post.”
Not long before his 2017 death at age 69, the late-Gregg Allman told us that Allman Brothers fans deserve at least as much credit for a great live show as the band: “The audience is part of that, so much a part of that, because they really draw it out of you. The audience can get — I mean, they have a lot to do with getting the performance they want. These people — I've never seen anything like it. They're really into it.”
The Allmans nearly always played new songs on the road, and singer-guitarist Warren Haynes told us at the time that the band was always careful to never let new material take precedent over fan favorites: “We don't wanna give them too many new songs in a night, or the show may suffer a little bit, from an energy perspective. So if you do a new song, and then follow it up with 'Midnight Rider,' or something like that, y'know, then you're doing okay. Then three songs later, do another new song, and follow that up with another classic, and try and pepper 'em in there to the extent that the show doesn't suffer.”