THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND

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The Allman Brothers Band combined deeply Southern strains of music — blues, country, and gospel — with boisterous rock & roll and their jazzy, jam-oriented style. Thus they created the "New South" sound, drafting a template to be used for decades by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band to My Morning Jacket and the Drive-By Truckers.

Brothers Gregg and Duane Allman grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, and played in various bands until 1963, when they formed the Escorts, which became the Allman Joys in 1965. After their version of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" failed as a single, the two brothers and three other band members went to L.A., where they signed with Liberty Records as the Hourglass. They recorded two albums (Hourglass, 1967, and Power of Love, 1968) before heading to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record at Fame Studios. Liberty rejected the resulting tapes, and Duane and Gregg
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THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Allman Brothers Band album cover 3.84 | 12 ratings
The Allman Brothers Band
Jazz Related Rock 1969
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Idlewild South album cover 4.20 | 10 ratings
Idlewild South
Jazz Related Rock 1970
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Eat a Peach album cover 4.60 | 10 ratings
Eat a Peach
Jazz Related Rock 1972
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Brothers and Sisters album cover 3.12 | 8 ratings
Brothers and Sisters
Jazz Related Rock 1973
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Win, Lose or Draw album cover 3.07 | 5 ratings
Win, Lose or Draw
Jazz Related Rock 1975
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Enlightened Rogues album cover 3.48 | 4 ratings
Enlightened Rogues
Jazz Related Rock 1979
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Reach for the Sky album cover 1.05 | 2 ratings
Reach for the Sky
Jazz Related Rock 1980
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Brothers of the Road album cover 2.40 | 3 ratings
Brothers of the Road
Jazz Related Rock 1981
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Seven Turns album cover 4.48 | 3 ratings
Seven Turns
Jazz Related Rock 1990
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Shades of Two Worlds album cover 2.39 | 3 ratings
Shades of Two Worlds
Jazz Related Rock 1991
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Hittin' the Note album cover 4.52 | 3 ratings
Hittin' the Note
Jazz Related Rock 2003

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND EPs & splits

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND live albums

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND At Fillmore East album cover 4.25 | 9 ratings
At Fillmore East
Blues 1971
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East · Vol. II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East · Vol. II
Jazz Related Rock 1972
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas album cover 3.88 | 3 ratings
Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas
Jazz Related Rock 1976
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Live at Ludlow Garage 1970 album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Live at Ludlow Garage 1970
Jazz Related Rock 1991
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band: First Set album cover 2.71 | 3 ratings
An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band: First Set
Jazz Related Rock 1992
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Where It All Begins album cover 3.55 | 3 ratings
Where It All Begins
Jazz Related Rock 1994
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND 2nd Set album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
2nd Set
Jazz Related Rock 1995
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Fillmore East, February 1970 album cover 3.96 | 3 ratings
Fillmore East, February 1970
Jazz Related Rock 1997
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Peakin' at the Beacon album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Peakin' at the Beacon
Jazz Related Rock 2000
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND American University 12/13/70 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
American University 12/13/70
Jazz Related Rock 2002
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970
Jazz Related Rock 2003
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live, Post-Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA 7/26/03 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live, Post-Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA 7/26/03
Jazz Related Rock 2003
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND S.U.N.Y. at Stonybrook: Stonybrook, NY, 9/19/71 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
S.U.N.Y. at Stonybrook: Stonybrook, NY, 9/19/71
Jazz Related Rock 2003
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND One Way Out: Live at the Beacon Theatre album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
One Way Out: Live at the Beacon Theatre
Jazz Related Rock 2004
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Macon City Auditorium Macon GA 2/11/72 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Macon City Auditorium Macon GA 2/11/72
Jazz Related Rock 2004
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live, Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC 8/10/03 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live, Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC 8/10/03
Jazz Related Rock 2004
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live, Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis, TN 10/05/04 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live, Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis, TN 10/05/04
Jazz Related Rock 2004
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, VT 8/28/05 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, VT 8/28/05
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY 7/24/05 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY 7/24/05
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live, Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA 7/16/05 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live, Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA 7/16/05
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC, 8/9/03 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC, 8/9/03
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live: Murat Centre - Indianapolis, IN, 7/25/03 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live: Murat Centre - Indianapolis, IN, 7/25/03
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live, Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, CT 8/3/03 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live, Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, CT 8/3/03
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Instant Live: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY 8/2/03 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instant Live: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY 8/2/03
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: 5/1/73 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: 5/1/73
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Boston Common, 8/17/71 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boston Common, 8/17/71
Jazz Related Rock 2007
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Live at Beacon Theatre, New York - March 28, 2009 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Beacon Theatre, New York - March 28, 2009
Jazz Related Rock 2009
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND 2011 Tour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2011 Tour
Jazz Related Rock 2011
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992
Jazz Related Rock 2014
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Beacon Theatre, New York City, October 21, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beacon Theatre, New York City, October 21, 2014
Jazz Related Rock 2014
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Beacon Theatre, New York City, October 22, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beacon Theatre, New York City, October 22, 2014
Jazz Related Rock 2014
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Beacon Theatre New York march 18 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beacon Theatre New York march 18 2014
Jazz Related Rock 2014
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Beacon Theatre, New York City, October 27, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beacon Theatre, New York City, October 27, 2014
Jazz Related Rock 2014
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Nassau Coliseum (aka Almost The Eighties: Nassau Coliseum, NY, 30th December 1979) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nassau Coliseum (aka Almost The Eighties: Nassau Coliseum, NY, 30th December 1979)
Jazz Related Rock 2015
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Allman Brothers Band feat. Jerry Garcia – Live at the Cow Palace, New Years Eve 1973 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Allman Brothers Band feat. Jerry Garcia – Live at the Cow Palace, New Years Eve 1973
Jazz Related Rock 2015
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND A&R Studios New York 26th August 1971 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A&R Studios New York 26th August 1971
Jazz Related Rock 2016
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Allman Brothers Band/Featuring Jerry Garcia/1973/Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Allman Brothers Band/Featuring Jerry Garcia/1973/Volume 1
Jazz Related Rock 2016
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Allman Brothers Band Featuring Jerry Garcia / 1973 Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Allman Brothers Band Featuring Jerry Garcia / 1973 Volume 2
Jazz Related Rock 2016
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Allman Brothers Band Featuring Jerry Garcia / 1973 Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Allman Brothers Band Featuring Jerry Garcia / 1973 Volume 3
Jazz Related Rock 2016
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Fillmore West ’71 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fillmore West ’71
Blues 2019

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND re-issues & compilations

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND All Men's Brothers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Men's Brothers
Jazz Related Rock 1972
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Beginnings album cover 4.04 | 3 ratings
Beginnings
Jazz Related Rock 1973
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Road Goes on Forever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Road Goes on Forever
Jazz Related Rock 1975
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Best of The Allman Brothers Band album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of The Allman Brothers Band
Jazz Related Rock 1981
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Night Riding album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Riding
Jazz Related Rock 1988
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Dreams album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dreams
Jazz Related Rock 1989
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND A Decade of Hits: 1969-1979 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Decade of Hits: 1969-1979
Jazz Related Rock 1991
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Fillmore Concerts album cover 4.88 | 3 ratings
The Fillmore Concerts
Jazz Related Rock 1992
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Ramblin' Man album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Ramblin' Man
Jazz Related Rock 1992
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
Jazz Related Rock 1992
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Hell & High Water: The Best of the Arista Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hell & High Water: The Best of the Arista Years
Jazz Related Rock 1994
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Legendary Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Legendary Hits
Jazz Related Rock 1995
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Allman Brothers Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Allman Brothers Band
Jazz Related Rock 1995
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Master Series: The Allman Brothers Band album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Master Series: The Allman Brothers Band
Jazz Related Rock 1996
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND All Live (A.K.A. The Best Of Allman Brothers Band [live]) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
All Live (A.K.A. The Best Of Allman Brothers Band [live])
Jazz Related Rock 1996
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Mycology: An Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mycology: An Anthology
Jazz Related Rock 1998
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Madness of the West album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Madness of the West
Jazz Related Rock 1998
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Allman Brothers album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Allman Brothers
Jazz Related Rock 1999
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Allman Brothers Band album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Allman Brothers Band
Jazz Related Rock 2000
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Still Rockin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Still Rockin'
Jazz Related Rock 2000
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Allman Brothers Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Allman Brothers Band
Jazz Related Rock 2003
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The Essential Allman Brothers Band: The Epic Years album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Allman Brothers Band: The Epic Years
Jazz Related Rock 2004
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Stand Back: The Anthology album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Stand Back: The Anthology
Jazz Related Rock 2004
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Gold album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Gold
Jazz Related Rock 2005
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Icon album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Icon
Jazz Related Rock 2013
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings
Jazz Related Rock 2014
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Bear’s Sonic Journals : Allman Brothers Band, Fillmore East, February 1970 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bear’s Sonic Journals : Allman Brothers Band, Fillmore East, February 1970
Jazz Related Rock 2018
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Trouble No More : 50th Anniversary Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trouble No More : 50th Anniversary Collection
Jazz Related Rock 2020

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Jazz Related Rock 2003

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Reviews

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND At Fillmore East

Live album · 1971 · Blues
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Those who know the Allman Brothers Band well know that there are two distinctly different versions of the band, the first version with Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, and the second version after Duane and Berry had both died in separate motorcycle accidents. The second version of the band was/is a talented rock band, but no match for the first version of the band. The original Allmans led by brother Duane were an absolute force of nature, one of the most creative and talented groups of their generation. The fact that the early Allmans were called a rock band probably had more to do with their hippy garb and their gigs with other rockers, but listen to the music, there is actually very little rock to be found, instead you will hear plenty of blues in swing time, some jazz fusion, southern RnB, and a touch of country too. Whereas many others in their peer group were following the blues rock of Cream and Hendrix, the Allmans were charting their own hybrid combinations that did not sound like anyone else. Their first two studio albums got some attention, but it wasn’t until they released the incendiary “At Fillmore East” that people began to recognize what this group was capable of. This only makes sense because the Allmans were first and foremost a very live act. These guys knew how to jam and improvise in ways that other groups could only imagine. The Brother’s improvs were not always your typical two chord hippy jam, they often went off on tangents that showed diverse influences from Indian ragas, soul jazz, rock fused bluegrass and creative creations of their own that are hard to define or label.

Side one of “At Fillmore East” opens with a trio of blues numbers, on “Stormy Monday” they show their interest in soul jazz when the band goes into a double time swing while Gregg Allman knocks out a B3 solo in the style of Jimmy McGriff and Jack McDuff. On side two’s “You Don’t Love Me”, the band hits their trademark locomotive groove and now we are on our way. Side three is the jazz side with the lengthy Santana sounding, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, taking up much of the side. Side four closes out the album with the hard charging groove of “Whipping Post”, an all-time Allman Brothers favorite. Each of these lengthy jams usually contain side variations and excursions into styles that I can’t describe because they don’t fit any known genre. The whole band was extremely talented, but Duane Allman was one of the most creative guitarists of his generation, possibly topped only by Jimi Hendrix, his fellow super nova who burned so bright for a couple of years and then suddenly left us. If you want to hear the Allman Brothers at their very best, "At Fillmore East" is the one,

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band: First Set

Live album · 1992 · Jazz Related Rock
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First Set was one of the first albums I got when I made the transition from vinyl to CD. The 1980s had not been good to the ABB, or jazz, blues and rock in general, so I did not expect much. Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts had produced some respectable albums in the 1980s, but they didn't get much notice. Also, I had just listened to The Fillmore Concerts, so First Set had a hard act to follow. But I was pleasantly surprised. No, Fillmore II it's not. But at the time Dickey had been quoted as saying 'this is the way the ABB is supposed to sound', the addition of Warren Haynes on guitar and Allen Woody on bass making the band sound more like ABB I. We even get Thom Doucette on harp. First Set includes some new songs, plus some old classics, with a good range of material. I saw the ABB at Red Rocks in 1998 after Warren and Allen had left the ABB for Gov't Mule, and Jack Pearson was on guitar, and Oteil Burbridge on bass. The opener was John Hammond, Jr., backed by Little Charlie and the Nightcats. So it was kind of like old home week. If you haven't been to Red Rocks, go!

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Brothers and Sisters

Album · 1973 · Jazz Related Rock
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Brothers & Sisters, courtesy of Dickey Betts, brought a shift towards more of country sound for the ABB, though we saw this before with Diickey's Blue Sky, and Gregg Allman's Midnight Rider. Also, apparently one of Duane Allman's inspirations for the twin harmony guitars was the fiddles in Western Swing music. The shift led to complaints by some that the ABB was moving away from its blues-rock roots, but we still saw plenty of that in concert, With the deaths of Duane, then Barry Oakley, many wondered if the ABB would even carry on. But it did, recruiting Chuck Leavell on piano, and Lamar Williams on bass. The choice of a second keyboard player, rather than than another guitarist, made sense at the time, as there were likely few guitarists who would have wanted to be thrown into to Duane spotlight. And Chuck and Lamar were good players, so no problem there. They also contributed to the jazz element of the ABB, which Jaimoe had pushed from the start. In fact, ABB II spun off Sea Level, with its own jazz fusion elements. So the ABB was not fundamentally changed and, even with more country sound, Brothers & Sisters shows all of the ABB's elements. Treat yourself to the 40th anniversary 4-disc set for some interesting outtakes, jamming, and two live discs.

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Shades of Two Worlds

Album · 1991 · Jazz Related Rock
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Shades Of Two Worlds is the second CD I bought (in a used shop) in my transition from vinyl 20 some years ago. Now (2014) people are going back to vinyl. The first CD I bought was The Fillmore Concerts boxset. The 1980s had not treated the ABB well. It had not treated jazz, blues or rock in general well. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I liked the sound of Shades. I recall a quote from Dickey Betts around that time saying 'this is the way the ABB is supposed to sound' With Warren Haynes and Allen Woody on board, it sounded more like the original ABB. Obviously, they could not recreate the magic of ABB I, but produced a series of good albums. If you like the ABB's original blend of blues, jazz and rock, you should like Shades. Some tracks are stronger than others, but overall a good effort.

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band: First Set

Live album · 1992 · Jazz Related Rock
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I don’t harbor resentment against the 21st century edition of The Allman Brothers Band. In fact, I have a lot of respect for any musical entity that can still draw a crowd over four decades after their inception. Especially one that has endured the tragedies and upheavals they have. Due to the untimely deaths of two of their founding members occurring barely a year apart in the early 70s I was amazed that they were able to carry on at all. Being a realist, I knew they’d never again be the highly-influential group they were when Duane Allman and Barry Oakley were still with us and their 1973 album, “Brothers and Sisters,” confirmed my suspicions that those two gifted artists were the principal key-wielders who routinely unlocked the room where the group’s jazz/rock tendencies lived. That record sold like hotcakes so it wasn’t their popularity that suffered, it was the intrinsic uniqueness of their sound that fell to the wayside. That’s where I lost interest in them and the direction their more-commercial musical intentions were headed. They knew they’d carved out a lasting and profitable niche in rock & roll and they would’ve been fools not to take full advantage of the situation. They had a fiercely loyal fan base that would buy tickets to their concerts every time they came through town and, besides, with Duane and Barry gone what other options did they have? Not ones to look a horse in the mouth when he had a gift for them, they accepted their role as torch bearers with dignity and, despite the rocky internal relationships that tore them asunder more than twice, they managed to keep patching it up and made it into the new millennium with the surviving quartet still in the fold.

My darling wife is one of their legions of followers who don’t give a smelly poot as to how much of a jazz component they retained or lost over the years. She just likes their music and I’d be the last one to criticize that uncomplicated viewpoint. She and thousands of others continued to buy their albums whether they were studio creations or live recordings, helping to sustain an ongoing livelihood for The Allman Brothers Band and giving them validation for their artistic endeavors. I admire that fealty and recognize that there is, indeed, something special about the group else they would’ve faded into oblivion long, long ago. When I gave multiple listens to her copy of their “Shades of Two Worlds” album from ’92 recently and then reviewed it accordingly I gave it very low marks. Not because it’s terrible (it’s an above-average blues/rock record) but because there’s hardly a trace of jazz to be found. In approaching “An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band – First Set” I knew from a glance at the song lineup that this was taped while they were touring in support of that CD so I pretty much knew what I was in for. What I was objectively curious about was how they presented their aging catalogue tunes that hailed from their glory days.

“End of the Line” is the curtain-raiser for this show. No jazz on this sucker, just straight-ahead, bludgeon-your-brain-to-a-bloody-pulp, southern-styled heavy rock and, if that’s your meat and potatoes, you’ll love it. Next comes a faithful performance of their country/rock classic from the “Eat a Peach” LP, “Blue Sky.” In many ways the guitar work by both Dickey Betts and Warren Haynes is smoother than on the original studio track but they stretch it into an eight and a half minute exercise in axe-grinding that becomes tedious. “Get On with Your Life” follows and it’s a down and dirty, slow blues number that contains no variations on the basic theme except when they mimic their stellar version of “Stormy Monday” from 1971’s historic “…At the Fillmore East” album by briefly jumping into a jazzier swing feel for Gregg Allman’s Hammond B3 solo.

They take on a subtler approach for their bluesy rocker “Southbound” and it works well in the early going until they turn it into just another “boogie jam” wherein the two guitarists slug it out with each other ad nauseum. Being a six-stringer myself for most of my life, I enjoy a good head-cutting duel as much as the next guy but neither one of these boys is Duane Allman if you catch my drift and I got bored after a few minutes. Yawn. The all-acoustic “Midnight Blues” is okay for a change of pace moment but I have a low tolerance and appreciation for traditional blues and this simple ditty does little for me. An unplugged rendition of Gregg Allman’s beautiful song, “Melissa,” is next and they wisely don’t do anything to spoil its charming innocence. I personally prefer the studio version because of the band’s funky looseness on the track that sets it apart from most ballads but this ain’t too shabby.

“Nobody Knows” has the aura of old-school Allman Brothers that I continue to miss but the tune’s composition just isn’t up to par when all is said and done. The pseudo “Whipping Post” groove they settle into for the extended guitar-heavy instrumental segment is effective and very intense but there’s not enough imagination involved to hold my attention for its over a quarter of an hour run. I guess you had to have been there. Their resurrection of Gregg’s “Dreams” from their debut album is without a doubt the jazziest thing on the bill. What sticks out is the tightness of the double drum set onslaught from Jaimoe and Butch Trucks combined with the fiery percussion supplied by Mark Quinones. I’m happy to report that the overall presentation by the ensemble does the number a respectable amount of justice even though Haynes’ slide technique pales in comparison to that of the legend he replaced. They close with a nearly note-for-note reproduction of “Revival” from “Idlewild South” that only makes me nostalgic for their golden age when you never knew what these fellas might do next.

One positive aspect I found along the way is that both Gregg and Dickey have managed to keep their distinctive singing voices in fair shape and, at least in ’92, they sounded approximately the same as they did two fifths of a century back in time. On the stages they graced while assembling the cuts for this album they give their audience what they shelled out their hard-earned cash to hear and, therefore, there are no shocking or overly exciting moments to be had. They are seasoned professionals that know exactly what they’re about and how to deliver what’s expected of them and there’s no shame in doing either or both. But anyone with a leaning towards jazz who craves the inherent energy found in spontaneous improvisation even in a rock motif (the kind the Allmans used to excel at) will find this concert recording too patronizing and unremarkable to sit through more than once.

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