Brothers and Sistersby The Allman Brothers Band
Released a year after Eat a Peach, Brothers and Sisters shows off a leaner brand of musicianship, which, coupled with a pair of serious crowd-pleasers, "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica," helped drive it to the top of the charts for a month and a half and to platinum record sales. This was the first album to feature the group's new lineup, with Chuck Leavell on keyboards and Lamar Williams on bass, as well as Dickey Betts' emergence as a singer alongside Gregg Allman. The tracks appear on the album in the order in which they were recorded, and the first three, up through "Ramblin' Man," feature Berry Oakley -- their sound is rock-hard and crisp. The subsequent songs with Williams have the bass buried in the mix, and an overall muddier sound. The interplay between Leavell and Betts is beautiful on some songs, and Betts' slide on "Pony Boy" is a dazzling showcase that surprised everybody. Despite its sales, Brothers and Sisters is not quite a classic album (although it was their best for the next 17 years), especially in the wake of the four that had appeared previously, but it served as a template for some killer stage performances, and it proved that the band could survive the deaths of two key members.
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Performance CreditsAllman Brothers Band Primary Artist,Organ,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gregg Allman Organ,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dickey Betts Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Dudek Acoustic Guitar
Chuck Leavell Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Berry Oakley Bass
Tommy Talton Acoustic Guitar
Butch Trucks Percussion,Conga,Drums,Timpani
Lamar Williams Bass
Richard Betts Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Technical CreditsAllman Brothers Band Producer,Audio Production
Dickey Betts Composer
Johnny Sandlin Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ovie Sparks Engineer
Buddy Thornton Engineer
Richard Betts Composer
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Everyone seems to write off this album as being too commercial as a result of Duane Alman's death. Commercial or not, this is truly the band's watershed as a result of Dickey Betts' emergence as a songwriter and lead guitarrist. ''Ramblin' Man'' and ''Jessica'' are two of the finest specimens southern rock has ever produced, and ''Wasted Words,'' ''Jelly Jelly'' and ''Come and Go Blues'' show that the band hasn't lost touch with its bluesy roots. This album would be great as a fan's first ABB album because it has many of their biggest hits and shows off their musicianship incredibly well. A must-have for any classic rock fan.
During the making of BROTHERS AND SISTERS, bassist Berry Oakley died, leaving guitarist Dickey Betts as the true leader of the band. His stamp is all over this CD, which ties with EAT A PEACH and the FILLMORE EAST album as the band's best. This album is the link between the latter-day Eagles and the early music of Whitesnake. The instrumental "Jessica" is what all jazz-rock fusion bands should have aspired to in the mid-70s. This is an album you must own.