Watch The Allman Brothers Band’s 1970 Performance Of “Whipping Post”
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The Allman Brothers Band performed “Whipping Post” as part of their set at the Fillmore East in New York, NY on September 23, 1970. Joining Duane and Gregg Allman onstage are Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), Butch Trucks (drums), Jai Johanny Johanson (drums), and Tom Doucette (harp). They were trailblazers in the Southern rock genre and this stunning performance proves they truly deserved their legendary status.
“Whipping Post” was written by Gregg Allman and included on their debut studio album. It became a staple in their concerts as an extended jam. In fact, they played a 23-minute version of the track for their groundbreaking 1971 double live album At Fillmore East.
One of its notable features is an 11/4 time signature in the intro. For this, Gregg explained: “I didn’t know the intro was in 11/4 time. I just saw it as three sets of three, and then two to jump on the next three sets with: it was like 1,2,3—1,2,3—1,2,3—1,2. I didn’t count it as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11. It was one beat short, but it didn’t feel one short, because to get back to the triad, you had two steps to go up. You’d really hit those two hard, to accent them, so that would separate the threes. … [Duane] said, “That’s good man, I didn’t know that you understood 11/4.” Of course I said something intelligent like, “What’s 11/4?” Duane just said, “Okay, dumbass, I’ll try to draw it up on paper for you.”
Check out the performance below.