Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Allman Brothers

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
They practically invented Southern Rock, and they remain at the apex of the genre. The Allman Brothers blended the blues, R&B, jazz, and rock, molding a hybrid music that was as accessible and expressive as it was inventive and improvisatory. This telling collection concentrates on the original -- and definitive -- version of the legendary band with its dual lead guitar lineup of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. Completed by Greg Allman’s soulful vocals and organ, and a mighty double-drum rhythm section prodded on by the skillful bassist Berry Oakley (who, like Duane Allman, was killed in a motorcycle accident at the height of the band’s popularity), the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
They practically invented Southern Rock, and they remain at the apex of the genre. The Allman Brothers blended the blues, R&B, jazz, and rock, molding a hybrid music that was as accessible and expressive as it was inventive and improvisatory. This telling collection concentrates on the original -- and definitive -- version of the legendary band with its dual lead guitar lineup of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. Completed by Greg Allman’s soulful vocals and organ, and a mighty double-drum rhythm section prodded on by the skillful bassist Berry Oakley (who, like Duane Allman, was killed in a motorcycle accident at the height of the band’s popularity), the first-edition Allmans took blues rock to new heights. There are plenty of tasty examples here of the sextet’s slamming power and creative interplay as well as Duane Allman’s extraordinary guitar work. (His unsurpassed slide guitar stylings sound as remarkable today as they did 30-plus years ago.) Remaking songs by Muddy Waters, Elmore James, T-Bone Walker, and other blues giants, The Allmans devised their own distinctive sound, one that quickly gave them a vaunted place in the rock pantheon.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As any fan knows -- heck, as anyone who's listened to the radio since 1970 knows -- there was much more to the Allman Brothers Band than blues. Blues-rock, however, was a foundation of their music, and that's what you'll hear on this compilation, which is part of the Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues CD series, issued in conjunction with the television documentary series The Blues. As is proper, almost all of this is from the band's early years; all but two of the songs were recorded between September 1969 and June 1971, and none of them postdate 1979. So the accent falls very heavily on their Southern rockified covers of blues songs by Elmore James, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie McTell, and Sonny Boy Williamson, including tunes that were among the group's most popular, among them "Trouble No More," "Statesboro Blues," "One Way Out," "You Don't Love Me," and "Dimples." That means there's no room for the considerable chunk of their repertoire that also mixed in pop, straight-ahead hard rock, jazz, and country, like "Dreams," "Ramblin' Man," "Whipping Post," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." But if you are in the mood for the blues and the blues only, this is certainly a good and long, running 74 minutes sampler of the sounds that made them the most esteemed American blues-rock interpreters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602498010396
  • Catalog Number: 000058002
  • Sales rank: 8,379

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Allman Brothers Band Primary Artist
Gregg Allman Organ, Piano, Vocals
Dickey Betts Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Duane Allman Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Jim Essery Harmonica
David Goldflies Bass
Jaimoe Johnson Percussion, Drums
Chuck Leavell Piano
Dan Toler Guitar
Butch Trucks Percussion, Drums
Lamar Williams Bass
Thom Douchette Harmonica
Technical Credits
Willie Cobbs Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Blind Willie McTell Composer
The Allman Brothers Band Producer
T-Bone Walker Composer
Adrian Barber Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Ulrich Felsburg Executive Producer
Elmore James Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Muddy Waters Composer
Johnny Sandlin Producer
Marshall Sehorn Composer
Will Weldon Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Suha Gur Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer, Author
Margaret Bodde Producer
James C. Bracken Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Adam Owett Art Direction
Paul "PDA" Allen Executive Producer
Richard Hutton Producer
Steve Berkwoitz Producer
Scott Schneider Liner Notes
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Roy Jordan Composer
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