Goldmine readers have spoken, and by an overwhelming majority — we’re talking landslide here — they believe that The Allman Brothers Band’s Live at the Fillmore East is the greatest Southern rock album of all time.
Just how wide was the gap between first and second place? Well, let’s put it this way: out of the 165 responses we received for this poll, 130 said Live at the Fillmore East should be #1. And they were adamant about it. In fact, 101 of those 130 wrote in just to say that the Allman’s concert LP was the greatest ever. They didn’t even bother making out a Top 20, or a Top 10, or even a Top Five for that matter.
Jamie Chigos wrote, “The Allman Brothers’ Live at the Fillmore East is truly the greatest Southern rock album of all time (followed by a succession of !s). No other even comes close.” Thomas Pritchett says, “The Allman Brothers Band Live at Fillmore East is hands down the best live album of all time across all genres and no doubt the greatest Southern Rock album of all time.”
Echoing those sentiments, James Hendricks writes, “This album (can we still say that?) has to rank at or near the top... groundbreaking music, quality musicianship, energy/drive, and best of all it’s heart. Being live it also helped lay the foundation for the musical experience that crosses all classes of music.”
Suzanna Krebs wrote in to not only say that Live at the Fillmore East was her favorite, but that she was there at the venue the night the Allmans recorded it. So, as you can plainly see, our readers are gaga for this record and the Allmans, since the three top records in our countdown, and six overall, are Allmans-related releases.
That doesn’t mean there wasn’t great variety in our readers Top 20. Below is the list, with the Honorable Mention. Take it for what it’s worth.
Readers' Top 20 Southern Rock Albums Ever
20. Wet Willie — Drippin’ Wet
19. Allman Brothers Band — Allman Brothers Band
18. Little Feat — Waitin’ For Columbus
17. Allman Brothers Band — Idlewild South
16. Molly Hatchet — Flirtin’ With Disaster
15. Gregg Allman — Laid Back
14. Marshall Tucker Band — Searchin’ For A Rainbow
13. ZZ Top — Tres Hombres
12. Molly Hatchet — Molly Hatchet
11. Lynyrd Skynyrd — Second Helping
10. Charlie Daniels Band — Fire on the Mountain
9. Marshall Tucker Band — Where We Belong
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd — One More From The Road
7. Lynyrd Skynyrd — Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
6. Lynyrd Skynyrd — Street Survivors
5. The Outlaws — The Outlaws
4. Marshall Tucker Band — Marshall Tucker Band
3. Allman Brothers Band — Brothers And Sisters
2. Allman Brothers Band — Eat A Peach
1. Allman Brothers Band — Live at the Fillmore East
Honorable mention: Blackfoot — Strikes; Atlanta Rhythm Section — Champagne Jam; Elvin Bishop — Let It Flow; Wet Willie — Keep on Smilin’; Allman Brothers Band — Seven Turns.