Editor’s note: In this recurring column, music writer Chris Duncan suggests two albums to listen to this week. Have a suggestion? Send a tweet to @chr_dunc, and your pick might appear in next week’s Two Albums To Listen To.
At Fillmore East — The Allman Brothers Band
Just seven months before guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 29, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band performed a two-night show at Fillmore East, a rock venue in New York City. The resulting live double LP titled At Fillmore East features only seven tracks that attest to the Allman Brothers Band’s improvisational skills and fusion of rock, blues, jazz and country music. Both “Whipping Post” and “Mountain Jam” last more than 20 minutes each, but the passion-fueled energy of At Fillmore East never wavers, making it one of the best live albums of all time.
Tracks to listen to: “Statesboro Blues,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Whipping Post”
Raising Sand — Robert Plant and Allison Krauss
Although his solo career received considerably less attention, Robert Plant, commonly known as the voice of Led Zeppelin, has put out some enjoyable albums of his own. His collaboration with Alison Krauss called Raising Sand brings out his more emotional side, creating a sparse yet deeply gratifying record. The songs that make up the record are eclectic but fit together to form a stunning collection of music. Krauss and Plant harmonize perfectly, with the unlikely duo’s sound covering a wide array of emotions. This record became only the second of three country albums to win the Grammy for Album of the Year and is a great listen for fans of modern bluegrass, blues and folk.
Tracks to listen to: “Killing the Blues,” “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On),” “Please Read the Letter”