Category Archives: Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band-ENLIGHTENED ROGUES-1979


Enlightened_Rogues

At the end of the day

The warm confines of my home

Call out to me

As I come close

The bed cries out in welcome

All the wounds and the salt

Rubbed away

And prepare for the war

Forthcoming the next day

I lie awake

As blessed sleep

Washes over my tired frame

Listening to comfort

Listening to the sounds of home

Listening to the Allman Brothers

I forget the meaness

And stupidity

That awaits me on the morrow

Because when I come back

Hurt and exhausted

I know

The slide guitar’s squeal

And the gruff notes of my friends

The Allman Brothers

Stay wide awake in wait for me

Luring me to sleep

Oh Hell Yeah!

Blessed Sleep!

-Coz I couldn’t think of anything else to write so I come up with a corny poem.Who reads this shit anyway………

Baba T


Seven Turns-THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND-1990


“Hey man, redneck is cool!! Lets take up Southern Blues we were good at in the 70’s and take it rip roaring into the90’s!! Yo yo yo!!”  And that is what Allman Brothers did, i.e Greg Allman and Dickey Betts with a couple of other guys. They came back from the dead to produce one more album. Obviously for me this is not of the Idlewild South or Eat a Peach quality, but it still is good. Songs like “Good Clean Fun” rock hard, to use a cliché, however, are too generic for my tastes, the same goes for songs like “Let Me Ride” and “Low Down Dirty Mean”, however, we do have some good songs that should make the best ofs in a couple of years, if they haven’t already, namely the Blue Sky-esque feel good ballad, title track, Seven Turns, which is quite my favorite, and the pensive Gambler’s Roll, fans of Zeppelin’s “Since You Have Been Loving Me” take note of this song,  the greatest track they have made in their comeback so far, whatever I have heard of it. It has a great vocal delivery and when the piano answers the vocalist at the end of every line in the verse, oh yeah, its perfect blues heaven!! And the lead line in the chorus!! On the whole, I would recommend that you pick the aforementioned songs and get away unless you are a roaring blues fanatic.

Recommended Songs- Seven Turns, Gamblers Roll

-Baba T


Brothers and Sisters-THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND-1973


This is the first album after Duane’s death which does not involve him at all. Obviously, he was missed, but the Allman Brothers still made a pretty good showing, even without him. I have always preferred Allman Bros above other, more traditional blues bands, since I always like it when blues is mixed and matched with country and pop influences. In fact, I prefer such stuff over the traditional blues, frankly speaking, not being much of a Hoochie Coochie Man. Allman Brothers first caught my ear with instrumental stuff like Jessica, which has piano solos and melodies galore. Rather than replacing Duane on the guitar, they brought this keyboard player to fight with his piano against Dickey Betts lead guitar lines, which, by the way are pretty good. For the traditional blues fans we have songs like Jelly (Jelly Jelly Jelly, Jelly stays on my mind!!), while in other places we have country sing-alongs ala Rambling Man, a typical, upbeat song about rambling in the countryside.

You can imagine the farms nearby, what?

I would place this as inferior to albums like Eat a Peach, Idlewild South and the self titled first album.

In any case, pretty good stuff from the Allman Brothers, though I would place this as inferior to albums like Eat a Peach, Idlewild South and the self titled first album. Not as quintessential or revolutionary as the first 4 albums (including the live At Fillmore East), but still a pretty good addition to your record collection.

-Baba T

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At Fillmore East-THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND-1971


I was going through the site the other day, and I said, “Hey, we haven’t reviewed a single live record!!”. Yes, the site is young, and we have just started on our journey, but that doesn’t mean that I am not gonna review live records!! So I decided that I might as well make an auspicious start to my live records reviewing career, by doing one of my favourite live records of all time.

For the uninitiated (who could these be? have you been living on a different planet or what? are you aliens from outer space? are you from the Mhavi tribe of Madagascar?), Allman Brothers Band is a legendary southern rock/blues/jazz band famous for the slide guitar technique of the late great founding member Duane Allman, (also refer to the Derek Trucks Band, whose founder Derek Trucks, has been a longtime member of the Allman Bros Band. He imitated/was influenced by the Duane Allman Slide Guitar tone for a long time).

Goin' Down South!!

However, at the point when this album was released, all the founding members were intact, and one happy family, had released two LPs (The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South), and then decided to make a live recording of their works so far. They also decided that they wanted this to be a sort if improvisational jam, a free for all, where the performers just take the basic theme of the studio recordings and then go ballistic. So, this ended up being a 2-disc live set, where we have 20 minute long jams sprayed all over the place!! Of course if you like the slide guitar tone of Duane Allman, this is heaven on earth. Its all about Duane, for a large part of the recording. While many times I would complain about one particular instrument overshadowing everything else, not in this case. They knew what they had going, and they just capitalized on the same.

We have 20 minute long jams sprayed all over the place!!

My favourites are Whipping Post and In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, far and away. If you have heard the studio versions, and liked those, then don’t expect to get the same thing here, coz that was a decade where a live recording meant something other than a booster for the rest of the catalogue produced by record company executives hungry for your hard earned money. In that time, a live recording meant that you were gonna get something you hadn’t got before. While that turned out to be a failed experiment many a time, when it succeeded, you got something godly, like this album. Live records do not mean that you have to show the crowd that you can play the songs exactly like you did in the  studio.(Rush, Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, all the rest of the prog rock wankers, I am looking at you.)

Coming back to the record, I do not think there is much left to say. On the down note though, I do not like the 33 minute Mountain Jam. It is good, but after a point of time I lose the thread and forget the main theme, unlike say, on the 20 minute Whipping Post. They just keep on doodling and doodling. It might provide an erection to hardcore blues rock wankers, but I do not fall in that category, so it falls a little flat on me. Other than that, this sounds very live, very right.

-Baba T

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