On October 17, 1971, Duane Allman, guitarist and founder of The Allman Brothers Band played his last live show with the band at Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, MD. Twelve days later, he lost his life in a motorcycle accident.
As MXDWN reports, the performance was recorded on a hand-held tape cassette by radio journalist Sam Idas (then just 18 years old) and will be released for the first time ever as a compilation package called The Final Note on Friday, October 16, 2020.
According to the press release, The Final Note release will include a total of seven performances from the Painters Mill Music Fair show including live staples of the band’s sets during the early 1970s like “Statesboro Blues” and “Whipping Post.” Additionally, the album will feature various never-before-published photos from the band’s show at the Painters Mill Music Fair, detailed liner notes from the Allman Brothers Band long-time archivist John Lynskey, as well as a photo of the actual cassette Idas used to record the band’s performance.
Idas says he initially meant to only record a post-show interview with singer Greg Allman. “My only intention was to record the interview. This was a brand-new cassette recorder with an internal microphone, and I had one 60-minute cassette tape,” explains Idas. “I was sitting there with the recorder in my lap, and I remember thinking ‘Why don’t I try this out? I can record the concert!’ It was a totally spontaneous decision. I’d been to many concerts, but this was the only time I had the thought–and the motivation–to record the show.”