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After Hourglass, Duane and Gregg Allman teamed up in 1969 with Butch Trucks of the Thirty-first of February, Berry Oakley and Dick Betts (from Second Coming) and Jay Johanny Johanson. The Allman Brothers Band was essentially a blues rock fusion act with some country and even classical influences. Fired by Duane Allman's inventive lead and slide guitar work, and supported by their two drummers (an idea probably inspired by the Grateful Dead), the group soon became very popular, especially in the South (they were established near Macon, Georgia).
Their first album was released in 1969 and recorded in New York by Adrian Barber. It contains five Gregg Allman originals plus a Muddy Waters cover and Don't Wan't You No More by Spencer Davis. The inside of the gatefold sleeve shows the group naked, sitting in a river.
Reinforced by Thom Doucette, a bluesy harmonica player, Idlewild South was recorded in Macon, Miami and New York and produced by Tom Dowd and Joel Dorn. All their material was original, except a version of Willie Dixon's Hoochie Coochie Man.
Their third album, the double Live At Fillmore East, is one of the greatest live sets ever and was recorded in New York in 1971. With only seven cuts, two of them over 19 minutes, there are no wasted notes and no useless jams. It helped secure the Allman Brothers Band reputation as a hot live act second only perhaps to the Grateful Dead.
The follow-up, Eat A Peach was also a double album, partly recorded live. It is notable for the 34 minute jam of Donovan's First There Is A Mountain, which takes up two sides of the album. The inside gatefold is a psychedelic drawing with magic mushrooms and various hallucinations.
Duane Allman died in 1971 and Berry Oakley in 1972, both in motorcycle accidents in the same Georgia area. The group's subsequent releases are more Southern Rock and Country oriented and are out of scope of this book.
"Statesboro Blues" (McTell) – 4:17
"Trouble No More" (Morganfield) – 3:43
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" (G. Allman) – 3:27
"Done Somebody Wrong" (Lewis, Robinson, James) – 4:33
"Stormy Monday" (Walker) – 8:48
"One Way Out" (Sehorn, Williamson, James) – 4:56
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (Betts) – 13:04
"You Don't Love Me" (Cobbs) – 19:24
"Midnight Rider" (G. Allman) – 2:55
"Hot 'Lanta" (D. Allman, G. Allman, Betts, Oakley, Johanson, Trucks) – 5:20
"Whipping Post" (G. Allman) – 22:53
"Mountain Jam" (Leitch, D. Allman, G.Allman, Betts, Oakley, Johanson, Trucks) – 33:41
"Drunken Hearted Boy" (Bishop) – 6:54
Duane Allman – lead guitar, slide guitar
Gregg Allman – organ, piano, Vocals
Dickey Betts – lead guitar, Vocals
Berry Oakley – bass guitar
Jai Johanny Johanson – drums, congas, timbales
Butch Trucks – drums, tympani
Special Guests :
Thom Doucette – Harmonica on "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'", "Done Somebody Wrong", "Stormy Monday" and "You Don't Love Me"
Jim Santi - Tambourine