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Mountain Jam by The Allman Brothers Band

Album: Eat A PeachReleased: 1972
  • This is a much longer instrumental version of a folk song by Donovan called "There is a Mountain." The Allman Brother's version appears only on live albums.
  • The last song performed at the legendary music hall Fillmore East on March 13, 1971, the night they recorded their live album At Fillmore East. It was not included on the album because it was too long.
  • Eat A Peach contains a 33-minute live version that takes up 2 album sides.
  • Duane Allman first played a version of this in 1970 while sitting in with The Grateful Dead at a Fillmore East show the Allmans opened.
  • The version on Eat A Peach is the next song they played after "Whipping Post," the last song on At Fillmore East.
  • Contains a long drum solo that shows off Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, their 2 drummers.
  • One of Duane Allman's last performances. Eat A Peach, released after he died in a motorcycle accident, was dedicated to him.
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Comments: 11

Not sure how the "fact" at top part of page is meant to be taken, regarding March '71 shows. But, the LAST night of the legendary Fillmore East began Saturday, June 26, 1971 and went well into Sunday morning - June 27, 1971. So, the very LAST performances were June 27, 1971. Of course ABB was the last act, and the very LAST song played was "One Way Out" with the Brothers joined by Albert King and members of J Geils Band. Another commentator is correct in saying that "Drunken Hearted Boy" was last song performed for cuts used for "Live" and "Eat a Peach". RIP Barry and DuaneElmo - Southeast Missouri, Mo
Tom the melody you are referring to is a traditional tune called "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" It is a song the Allmans loved and actually played it at Duane's funeral. Gregg Allman recorded a version of it on his album Laid back from 1973. Which by the way is an amazing album! I agree with you - the soulfulness in the guitar parts Duane plays at that point make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Those notes bite you they are so sharp - beautiful and poignant. Might be the most amazing guitar piece Duane Allman ever played. -- Hope this helps. I know this because I was once in your position - after hearing this song I had to kow what that part was called.... Will the Circle Be Unbroken? is its name.Greg - Harrington Park, Nj
One of their best. I am 56 and had the pleasure to see them in Pittsburgh about 1975 (sad Skydog wasn't alive).

One thing about this song I like and hope there is an answer. Many groups playing live would throw snippets of other songs into their long jams (The Dead were famous for it and I've heard The Who do it also among many others).

There appears to be another short piece in "Mountain Jam" at about 27:21 through 30:10. This "interlude" absolutely touches me in a really heartfelt way and was wondering if anyone knew of another song it was taken from? Doesn't appear to be in other versions of "Mountain Jam" from other sources.

Thanks loads.
Tom - Tallmadge, Oh
Historical Fact: "Drunken Hearted Boy" was the last song from the "Fillmore Concerts". Finished at "Hey, listen, it's six o'clock y'all look here"... as spoken by Duane. Rest his soul.

Drunken Hearted Boy, with guest vocalist Elvin Bishop, was the last song performed.

Amen
Elmo - Southeast Missouri, Mo
Mountain Jam has to be one of the best double leads ever recorded anywhere by anyone. I grew up in NY and through the 60's I loved the Beatles and Stones. When I first heard the Brothers and Sisters album I was gone to southern rock. The ABB music touches what I'm made of. I can feel this music in my soul and I too have bread it into my children. Its great American Music that was way ahead of its time. I'm grateful for it.

Michael San Diego Ca.
Michael - San Diego, Ca
When my son was in utero I placed headphones on my wife's stomach and played Mountain Jam in its entirety a couple of times. It worked. Today he is twelve and Mountain Jam is his favorite music. We have several live recordings from different performances and he has memorized every note. The tune has been the soundtrack of my life (I am 55) and will be played at my funeral (at least the part after the drums). I still listen to it at least twice a week.Tom - Norman, Ok
I have seen them ten times live and have seen them do the song three times. The first time I saw them they did it at a great show at the PNC Bank Arts Center (which used to be the Garden State Arts Center before the fascist morons that run the state turned it over to the fascist morons that run the PNC bank. The I saw them do it twice at the Beacon, once in a split performance at the beginning and end of a set and once with Whipping post following it. I remember telling my daughter when she was nine years old about a 33 minute song and she was blown away. Then it became our favorite car ide song. It's a great instrumental, no doubt.Chris - Bloomfield, Nj
Actually, the song by Donovan is titled "First There is a Mountain". And the last show at the famed Fillmore East was by the ABB, but it was on June 27, 1971. One of, if not the, greatest instrumentals ever (although I actually love In Memory of Elizabeth Reed just as much!). The world became a lesser place on October 29, 1971, with the loss of brother Duane. God rest his soul!Rick - Kansas City, Mo
Mountain Jam was Duanes favorite "jam" song according to Jaimoe who told a former neighbor of mine who has filled in and played with ABB live. It was the hallmark of ABB's signiture "double leads" where Duane and Dickey would interplay different leads at the same time winding in and out of each other...something Dickey and Warren could never pull off (bad chemistry?), and Warren and Dereck are starting to get the hang of.
At the Atlanta Pop fest July 5, 1970 ABB played Mountain Jam with three lead players...Johnny Winter sat in with the Brothers and Duane and Johnny Winter played duel slide leads!!
Dan - Spartanburg, Sc
This runs for 44 minutes on Live At Ludlow Garage 1970!Marlon - Brooklyn, Ny
I saw the ABB at the Beacon Theatre in March 2002 and after the drum solo, they went into Statesboro Blues instead of finishing the song. That took me by surprise.Barry - New York, Ny