Duane Allman’s final show with the band occurred on Oct. 17, 1971 at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, Md. Just 12 days later, on Oct. 29, Allman tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident at just 24 years of age.
The show’s recording was captured on a hand-held cassette machine by 18-year-old radio journalist Sam Idas. “My only intention was to record the interview,” recalls Idas (quote via press release.) “This was a brand-new cassette recorder with an internal microphone, and I had one 60-minute cassette tape. I was sitting there with the recorder in my lap, and I remember thinking ‘Why don’t I try this out? I can record the concert!’ It was a totally spontaneous decision. I’d been to many concerts, but this was the only time I had the thought—and the motivation—to record the show.” According to a press release, “the cassette went forgotten by Idas until a few years ago when his old roommate asked him if he still had it.”
The recordings from the show featuring versions of “Whipping Post,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Hot ‘Lanta” and more (full tracklist below). The package for ‘The Final Note’ will feature never-before-published photos from the show, liner notes from band archivist John Lynskey and a photo of the actual cassette Idas used to capture the legendary evening. According to a press release, “despite the obvious limitations that come with a 50-year-old cassette tape, modern technological enhancements help restore the magic of this significant night.”
The Final Note (October 17, 1971) Tracklist:
–Trouble No More
–Don’t Keep Me Wondering
–One Way Out
–In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed