Outside The Fillmore East

10 Albums That Capture the Sound of the Fillmore East

Bill Graham’s legendary auditorium was only open for three years, from 1968 to 1971, but these albums will make you feel like you were there.

The Fillmore East, an old theater in Manhattan’s East Village that promoter Bill Graham turned into a beloved concert venue in 1968, sat about 2,700 audience members and had spectacular acoustics. Its 1971 closure was widely mourned, but over the course of its brief life some of rock's biggest names recorded performances there, ensuring that the music would never die. Here are 10 of the best albums featuring live recordings from the Fillmore East:

Neil Young, “Live at the Fillmore East” Robert Altman/Getty Images Neil Young, “Live at the Fillmore East” Recorded: March 6–7, 1970
Don’t Skip: “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (3:37)
Pictured: Neil Young performing with Crazy Horse in San Francisco, March 20, 1970
Jimi Hendrix, “Band of Gypsys” Elliott Landy/Redferns Jimi Hendrix, “Band of Gypsys” Recorded: January 1, 1970
Don’t Skip: “Power to Love” (6:58)
Pictured: Jimi Hendrix onstage at the Fillmore East, 1968
The Allman Brothers Band, “At Fillmore East” GAB Archive/Redferns The Allman Brothers Band, “At Fillmore East” Recorded: March 11–13, 1971
Don’t Skip: “Whipping Post” (23:09)
Pictured: The Allman Brothers Band, ca. 1970
Joe Cocker, “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Joe Cocker, “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” Recorded: March 27–28, 1970
Don’t Skip: “Girl From the North Country” (2:32)
Pictured: Joe Cocker (L) and Leon Russell (R) performing at the Fillmore East, March 27, 1970
B.B. King, “Live / Fillmore East — New York, NY” Elliott Landy/Redferns B.B. King, “Live / Fillmore East — New York, NY” Recorded: June 19, 1971
Don’t Skip: “How Blue Can You Get” (6:19)
Pictured: King at the Fillmore East, ca. 1969
Jefferson Airplane, “Live at the Fillmore East” Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images Jefferson Airplane, “Live at the Fillmore East” Recorded: May 3–4, 1968
Don’t Skip: “Somebody to Love” (3:22)
Pictured: Jefferson Airplane onstage at the Fillmore East, ca. 1968
Sly and the Family Stone, “Live at the Fillmore East” Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Sly and the Family Stone, “Live at the Fillmore East” Recorded: October 4–5, 1968
Don't Skip: “Dance to the Music” (5:11)
Pictured: Sly Stone performs at the Fillmore East, October 4, 1968
Laura Nyro, “Spread Your Wings And Fly: Live at the Fillmore East” Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Laura Nyro, “Spread Your Wings And Fly: Live at the Fillmore East” Recorded: May 30, 1971
Don’t Skip: “Medley: Timer/O-o-h Child/Up On The Roof” (8:41)
Pictured: Laura Nyro at the Monterey Pop Festival, 1967
The Chambers Brothers, “Love, Peace and Happiness” Jan Persson/Redferns The Chambers Brothers, “Love, Peace and Happiness” Recorded: September 1968–April 1969
Don’t Skip: “People Get Ready” (4:14)
Pictured: The Chambers Brothers performing in Copenhagen, 1969
The Grateful Dead, “Ladies and Gentlemen … The Grateful Dead” Robert Altman/Getty Images The Grateful Dead, “Ladies and Gentlemen … The Grateful Dead” Recorded: April 25–19, 1971
Don’t Skip: “We Bid You Goodnight” (3:46)
Pictured: The Grateful Dead performing in San Francisco, 1970

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