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Eat a Peach
     

Eat a Peach

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by The Allman Brothers Band
 

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Eat a Peach is defined by both the absence and presence of guitarist Duane Allman. In 1972 -- just a year after the brilliant Live at the Fillmore introduced the Allman Brothers Band to a nationwide audience -- the death of their founder and leader in a motorcycle accident sent the pioneering southern-rock group into a tailspin. Peach's first

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Eat a Peach is defined by both the absence and presence of guitarist Duane Allman. In 1972 -- just a year after the brilliant Live at the Fillmore introduced the Allman Brothers Band to a nationwide audience -- the death of their founder and leader in a motorcycle accident sent the pioneering southern-rock group into a tailspin. Peach's first three tracks find the remaining members reestablishing a group sound without Duane, with the affecting ballad "Melissa" proving that vocalist Gregg Allman and guitarist Dickey Betts were ready to carry the weight and start anew. But it's the tracks with Duane that find the band at their peak. Such live performances as "One Way Out" highlight the stupendous interplay between Duane and Dickey, while the epic, all-instrumental "Mountain Jam," with its permutating musical vistas, displays a rock ensemble unequalled at group interplay and cohesion. A handful of studio tracks recorded right before Duane's death provide a perfect coda. Betts's "Blue Sky" is a perfect example of the Allmans' special magic, blending country balladering and pop melodicism with stunning guitar improvisations and trademark dual guitar passages, while "Little Martha," an acoustic duet between Duane and Dickie, takes Peach out on a note of sublime tranquility.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A tribute to the dearly departed Duane, Eat a Peach rambles through two albums, running through a side of new songs, recorded post-Duane, spending a full album on live cuts from the Fillmore East sessions, then offering a round of studio tracks Duane completed before his death. On the first side, they do suggest the mellowness of the Dickey Betts-led Brothers and Sisters, particularly on the lovely "Melissa," and this stands in direct contrast with the monumental live cuts that dominate the album. They're at the best on the punchier covers of "One Way Out" and "Trouble No More," both proof of the group's exceptional talents as a roadhouse blues-rock band, but Duane does get his needed showcase on "Mountain Jam," a sprawling 33-minute jam that may feature a lot of great playing, but is certainly a little hard for anyone outside of diehards to sit through. Apart from that cut, the record showcases the Allmans at their peak, and it's hard not to feel sad as the acoustic guitars of "Little Martha" conclude the record, since this tribute isn't just heartfelt, it offers proof of Duane Allman's immense talents and contribution to the band.
The Independent - Andy Gill
Eat a Peach shows just how graceful Southern rock could be. There are hardly any unnecessary longueurs, and both "Blue Sky" and the concluding showcase "Little Martha" exhibit a subtle charm and delicacy matched by few other bands of that era.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/1997
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731453126121
catalogNumber:
531261
Rank:
510

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allman Brothers Band   Primary Artist
Gregg Allman   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Dickey Betts   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Duane Allman   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Jaimoe   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Berry Oakley   Bass,Bass Guitar
Butch Trucks   Percussion,Drums,Gong,Tambourine,Timpani,Vibes
Jai Johanny Johanson   Conga,Drums

Technical Credits

Gregg Allman   Composer
Allman Brothers Band   Arranger
Dickey Betts   Composer
Donovan   Composer
Steve Alaimo   Composer
Howard Albert   Engineer
Ron Albert   Engineer
Duane Allman   Composer
Aaron Baron   Engineer
Larry Dahlstrom   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Graham   Arranger
Elmore James   Composer
Jaimoe   Composer
Bill Levenson   Producer
Berry Oakley   Composer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Ovie Sparks   Remixing
Butch Trucks   Composer
Phil Walden   Arranger
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
James Flournoy Holmes   Illustrations,Cover Design
Michael Etchart   Producer
Paul Bishow   Producer
Jai Johanny Johanson   Composer
Stephen Alaimo   Composer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the purest Southern Rock album you will ever find. All tracks are woth 5 stars especially Mellisa "so beautiful!", Mountain Jam "Best Jam Ever!", and Blue Sky "So pure!". Buy this album TODAY!!
footpathcowboy More than 1 year ago
Guitarist/leader Duane Allman died during the recording of EAT A PEACH, and as a result, this CD passes the torch to his brother Gregg and guitarist Dickey Betts. There are lots of great songs here, the only missteps being "Les Brers In 'E' Minor" and "Mountain Jam." The song "Melissa" is about the finality of death and loss, and reminds me of when I filed obituaries at a volunteer site years ago, whereas "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" has inspired me to go ahead with my visit with my family for Mother's Day despite the H1N1 Flu. This is a CD that you must own.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
The Allman Brothers released several live albums and all of them are worth listening to, this is one of the great ones.
Simper-Fidelous More than 1 year ago
I have seen the Allman Brothers band sooo many times,I stopped counting. In fact, one night Robin Trower opened for them, virtually an unknown band at the time. This CD PUTS you right there with them - the only song, which is my favorite thats not on the CD, is Stormy Monday, but it just wouldn't be the same without Duane playing. Side note: Duane and Eric Clapton together put out the very most famous "Layla" when they where with Derek and the Dominos. EAT A PEACH is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How could you not ALREADY have it.
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