Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Allman Brothers

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: The Allman Brothers

by The Allman Brothers Band
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0602498010396
catalogNumber:
000058002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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   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
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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