Ever since coming up with this list I’ve pondered why The Allman Brothers Band would be the only non Bob Dylan show to crack the top ten. Why is there no Jerry? No Van on this list? I don’t have a good answer. My best guess is that Jerry and the Dead both exist in abundance on the Internet and that my little site is one of but many places you can download and stream those artists. One thing you might notice in my top ten list is that most of the shows on it are either alt-cuts of a specific album or compilations of some sort. Thus far there hasn’t been a single show appear on the list. The closest we’ve come is #4 which includes two complete shows from Dylan in 2000. The thing is I haven’t posted very many compilations from Jerry or the Dead. I suspect there just isn’t a single show from them that can push them above a Dylan comp.
As for Van he doesn’t have that large a presence online. He’s kind of the opposite of the Dead where very few places exist on the Internet that are sharing his shows. Part of this is due to Van himself taking measures to stop the spread of his music being shared online. For years he used the Web Sheriff to take down anything that wasn’t officially sanctioned. He’s calmed down over the last few years but that still leaves people a little gun shy. Van also doesn’t seem to be as popular as Bob and Jerry. At least he doesn’t seem to create the sort of fans that create passion websites about him.
All of this is just me guessing. I really have no idea.
So why the Allman Brothers? Over the ten years I’ve been doing this I’ve only posted a handful of show from the Allmans. Fans are certainly not tuning into these pages for ABB bootlegs. I”m sure many of you are fans of the band, but The Midnight Cafe is not the place you are coming for their shows. Similar to Van Morrison you can’t find a ton of places for ABB bootlegs. Their officially allow tapers to record their shows but they get a little wonky in terms of letting people like me post the shows online. I suspect there is a high demand for the shows, but not as many places to find them. Thus when I posted this show people gravitated towards it. Or more likely someone posted a link to this show on some ABB forum or another.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that this is a pretty epic show from the bands peak. Oh and it does feature Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzman & Boz Scaggs.
Whatever the reasons the Allman Brother Band comes in at #2 in my Top Ten viewed bootlegs of all time. Here’s the stats.
Allman Brothers Band
December 31, 1973
San Francisco, CA
First posted on November 7, 2011.
Total number of views: 3,552
Here at the other Ten Years of Bootlegs posts.
#10 Bob Dylan – Abandoned Desire
#9 Bob Dylan – 1978 Tour Collection
#8 Bob Dylan – The Genuine Never Ending Tour Covers Collection (1988-2000)
#7 Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead – The Entire Tour
#6 Bob Dylan – The Complete Supper Club Soundboards
#5 Bob Dylan & Mark Knopfler – The Complete Recording Sessions
#4 Bob Dylan – Santa Cruz, CA (03/15-16/00)
#3 Bob Dylan -Bob Dylan – A Couple More Years