My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: At Filmore East is a double album recorded over three nights in March of 1971. The album contains no overdubs, with the only real modifications being the removal of harmonica in places where it didn’t fit. The album was released in July of 1971.
What I think:
You know, I don’t think I’ve thought more about an album than I did while listening to this one. It goes back to the whole white guys playing blues thing and why that feels so disingenuous and wrong to me. I listen to rock and soul and hip-hop that has been appropriated from black culture, but seems like blasphemy to me in this type of music. And I don’t know, maybe I just don’t like how it sounds. Maybe there were too may Budweiser commercials in the ’80s with that horrible white guy blues. Maybe it’s something deeper, and maybe there I’m a little afraid of the reason and the possible racial relics in my brain that I’m too scared to dig up. And this is the thought process that went through my brain through the whole 2 hour 15 minute length of the album (I accidentally listened to the deluxe version with four added songs). It just circled and circled trying to figure things out. Maybe I just need to relax and attempt to enjoy…. and I try and then things start again.
And the funny thing is I actually like the sound of the album, it is very well recorded and everything sounds really clear. And I actually like some of the music when they move away from the Blue in a more Rock direction (“Whipping Post”) or Soul direction (“Stormy Monday”).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think it should be here. It is a great sounding album, even if I can’t stomach it.
Rating (Out of 5): 1.5
At Filmore East Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (178/223)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%