Allman Brothers Band: Remastered Version of Longtime Bootleg ‘Syria Mosque: Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971’ Out 12/16 (Pre-Order)

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Syria Mosque: Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971 is the title of an upcoming live set from the Allman Brothers Band.

Long circulated among fans as a bootleg — and with its context within the Allmans’ history misidentified (more on that later) — this new collection has been remastered and restored for release on Dec. 16, on CD and digital.

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The track listing:

Statesboro Blues
Trouble No More
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Midnight Rider
You Don’t Love Me
Whipping Post

Here’s the pre-existing bootleg version of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” as an example of the performance:

Here’s some history about the gig:

By January 17, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band had established a sound and a reputation that belied the brief, 22-month existence of its founding line-up. After 300 shows in 1970, the band kicked off 71’ with a run through Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, before heading north to play Pittsburgh for the first time. The venue was the venerable Syria Mosque, a 3,700 seat theatre constructed in 1916 which served as the home for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Syria Mosque saw myriad rock acts like the Who, Pink Floyd, the Band, Deep Purple and Yes grace its stage, with the Allmans making the first of two 1971 appearances on January 17th.

As for how it came to accidentally misidentified among Allman Brothers bootlegs over the years:

This marks the first official release for this recording which has been circulating among ABB fans as a cassette for years, and occasionally a bootleg CD or vinyl disc. Although, there’s an interesting story there as well. The group returned to Syria Mosque nine months later, on October 15th, playing what would be Duane Allman’s third-to-last show before his untimely death on October 29, 1971. Copies of both the January 17th and October 15th performances would circulate amongst the ABB tape-trading community during the 1990s, with the October 15th tape many times being misidentified as Duane’s final show, and, in some cases, the dates of the Syria Mosque shows were mistakenly swapped. In any case, all the confusion has been straightened out; this band-approved, official release is from January 17th, and you can listen to Duane’s last show from October 17, 1971 at Painters Mill Music Fair, near Baltimore, by picking up The Final Note, which came in 2020.


  • Tony says:

    Will Syria Mosque ever be available on vinyl?

  • tedg says:

    This article is BS…..ABB fans always knew the difference between the two shows as the 1/17/71 was always a great quality soundboard while 10/15/71 was always a poor sounding audience recording.

  • DAN BARCAN says:

    This looks, Rad!

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