Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective [2nd Edition] [Box Set]

Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective [2nd Edition] [Box Set]

by Duane Allman

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It's difficult to call a guitarist who routinely shows up in the upper reaches of "100 Greatest Guitarists Ever" lists underappreciated, and yet the first impression the towering seven-disc box set Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective makes is that Duane Allman does not receive his proper due. Sure, the Allman Brothers Band are one of the staples of classic…  See more details below


It's difficult to call a guitarist who routinely shows up in the upper reaches of "100 Greatest Guitarists Ever" lists underappreciated, and yet the first impression the towering seven-disc box set Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective makes is that Duane Allman does not receive his proper due. Sure, the Allman Brothers Band are one of the staples of classic rock, a band that carved out the blues-drenched sound of Southern rock while also establishing a template for jam bands to come, and Duane's contributions were crucial in making Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs Eric Clapton's finest moment, and that would be enough for a substantial legacy even if Allman hadn't died in a tragic motorcycle accident at the age of 24, but that was only part of the story. The rest is told on Skydog, a box set that has its origins on a collection Bill Levenson began in the early '90s, just after he compiled the four-disc Allman Brothers Band box, Dreams, in 1989, which didn't see fruition until 2013, after years of work by the renowned rock & roll archivist and Galadrielle Allman, Duane's daughter. Both had their reasons for delivering a testament to everything Duane Allman achieved in his short life, and that dedication pays off wildly on Skydog, as great a box set as has ever been released. Much of the greatness in Skydog lies in its thoroughness, how it treats Allman's work outside of the Allman Brothers Band not as a digression but rather a focus. The Allman Brothers Band account for just 21 of the 129 songs here, not popping up until toward the end of disc three, by which time Duane has been heard playing gangly R&B guitar in his teenage R&B band the Escorts, expertly mimicking the Yardbirds in the Allman Joys, marrying psychedelia and blues in the Hour Glass, essaying an early version of "Melissa" in the 31st of February, and, especially, making himself heard on sessions for Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett, Laura Lee, King Curtis, and Arthur Conley recorded down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (sessions with Aretha Franklin were cut up in New York). He'd also traded solos with Otis Rush and blazed a trail on Boz Scaggs' eponymous 1969 LP, sessions that emphasized how his guitar was getting increasingly gutsy and gritty, characteristics that could be heard on the Allman Brothers Band's 1969 debut. Positioned as it is here, the first Allmans album is not the start of something, but rather a pivotal point in a long journey that continued to unfold long afterward. On-stage, the Allmans improvised with imaginative ferocity, and the back half of Skydog showcases a restless, fearless musician, one who was eager to tangle with his idol Eric Clapton in Derek & the Dominos, rush on-stage with the Grateful Dead, guest with Delaney & Bonnie, and sit in with jazz flautist Herbie Mann. By the end of the set, Duane Allman seems to have had his hand in every kind of music being made in America at the turn of the '60s, and the depth and scope of his achievement is staggering, especially when you consider that so much of this was recorded in a mere four years. While the records released by the Allman Brothers Band do hint at this range, Skydog tells a story unheard on any other Allman-related albums, including the excellent 1989 box Dreams. This is an epic narrative illustrating how soul, blues, country, psychedelia, jazz, and garage rock melded into modern rock & roll and, in turn, this is a biography of a musician who was instrumental in that evolution, a guitarist whose name is well-known but whose work is still not thoroughly appreciated. Skydog rights that wrong in glorious fashion.

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Release Date:
Rounder / Umgd


Disc 1

  1. Turn On Your Love Light  -  Escorts
  2. No Name Instrumental  -  Escorts
  3. What'd I Say  -  Escorts
  4. Spoonful  -  Allman Joys
  5. Gotta Get Away  -  Allman Joys
  6. Shapes of Things  -  Allman Joys
  7. Crossroads  -  Allman Joys
  8. Mister, You're a Better Man Than I  -  Allman Joys
  9. Lost Woman  -  Allman Joys
  10. Cast Off All My Fears  -  Hour Glass
  11. I've Been Trying  -  Hour Glass
  12. Nothing But Tears  -  Hour Glass
  13. Power of Love  -  Hour Glass
  14. Down In Texas  -  Hour Glass
  15. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)  -  Hour Glass
  16. B.B. King Medley: Sweet Little Angel/It's My Own Fault/How Blue Can You  -  Hour Glass
  17. Been Gone Too Long  -  Hour Glass
  18. Ain't No Good to Cry  -  Hour Glass
  19. Morning Dew  -  31st of February
  20. Melissa  -  31st of February
  21. Milk And Honey  -  Bleus
  22. Leavin' Lisa  -  Bleus
  23. Julianna's Gone  -  Bleus

Disc 2

  1. The Road of Love  - Clarence Carter
  2. Light My Fire  - Clarence Carter
  3. Hey Jude  - Wilson Pickett
  4. Toe Hold  - Wilson Pickett
  5. My Own Style of Loving  - Wilson Pickett
  6. Born to Be Wild  - Wilson Pickett
  7. It's How You Make It Good  -  Memphis Horns
  8. It Ain't What You Do (But How You Do It)  -  Memphis Horns
  9. I Never Loved a Woman (The Way I Love You)  - Spencer Wiggins
  10. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  - Arthur Conley
  11. Stuff You Gotta Watch  - Arthur Conley
  12. Speak Her Name  - Arthur Conley
  13. That Can't Be My Baby  - Arthur Conley
  14. A Lucky Loser  - Willie Walker
  15. I'm Coming Today  -  Lovelles
  16. Pretending Dear  -  Lovelles
  17. The Weight  - Aretha Franklin
  18. It Ain't Fair  - Aretha Franklin
  19. Darkness  -  Soul Survivors
  20. Tell Daddy  -  Soul Survivors
  21. Got Down on Saturday  -  Soul Survivors
  22. Hey Joe  - King Curtis
  23. Foot Pattin'  - King Curtis
  24. Games People Play  - King Curtis
  25. The Weight  - King Curtis
  26. Get a Little Order  -  Sweet Inspirations

Disc 3

  1. Twice a Man  -  Barry Goldberg Blues Band
  2. Goin' Down Slow
  3. No Money Down
  4. Happily Married Man
  5. Me  - Otis Rush
  6. Reap What You Sow  - Otis Rush
  7. It Takes Time  - Otis Rush
  8. Going Up the Country  -  Duck & The Bear
  9. Hand Jive  -  Duck & The Bear
  10. Finding Her  - Boz Scaggs
  11. Look What I Got  - Boz Scaggs
  12. Waiting For a Train  - Boz Scaggs
  13. Loan Me a Dime  - Boz Scaggs
  14. Don't Want You No More  -  Allman Brothers Band
  15. It's Not My Cross To Bear  -  Allman Brothers Band
  16. Black Hearted Woman  -  Allman Brothers Band
  17. Trouble No More  -  Allman Brothers Band

Disc 4

  1. Every Hungry Woman  -  Allman Brothers Band
  2. Dreams  -  Allman Brothers Band
  3. Whipping Post  -  Allman Brothers Band
  4. One More Night  - Ronnie Hawkins
  5. Will the Circle Be Unbroken  - Ronnie Hawkins
  6. Matchbox  - Ronnie Hawkins
  7. Down In the Alley  - Ronnie Hawkins
  8. Who Do You Love  - Ronnie Hawkins
  9. Marley Purt Drive  -  Lulu
  10. Dirty Old Man  -  Lulu
  11. Mr. Bojangles  -  Lulu
  12. Sweep Around Your Own Back Door  -  Lulu
  13. I Walk on Giilded Splinters  - Johnny Jenkins
  14. Rollin' Stone  - Johnny Jenkins
  15. Down Along the Cove  - Johnny Jenkins
  16. Voodoo In You  - Johnny Jenkins
  17. Shake For Me  - John Hammond
  18. Cryin' For My Baby  - John Hammond
  19. I'm Leavin' You  - John Hammond
  20. You'll Be Mine  - John Hammond
  21. Ghost of Myself  - Doris Duke

Disc 5

  1. Comin' Down  -  Eric Quincy Tate
  2. Hoochie Coochie Man  -  Allman Brothers Band
  3. Midnight Rider  -  Allman Brothers Band
  4. Dimples  -  Allman Brothers Band
  5. I'm Gonna Move To the Outskirts of Town  -  Allman Brothers Band
  6. Soul Shake  -  Memphis Horns
  7. Beads of Sweat  - Laura Nyro
  8. Don't Keep Me Wonderin'  -  Allman Brothers Band
  9. Living On the Open Road  -  Delaney & Bonnie
  10. A Woman Left Lonely  - Ella Brown
  11. Touch Me  - Ella Brown
  12. More Than Enough Rain  - Bobby Lance
  13. I Am Yours  -  Derek & the Dominos
  14. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?  -  Derek & the Dominos
  15. Have You Ever Loved a Woman  -  Derek & the Dominos
  16. Layla  -  Derek & the Dominos
  17. Mean Old World  - Eric Clapton

Disc 6

  1. Me and Bobby McGee  - Domingo "Sam" Samudio
  2. Relativity  - Domingo "Sam" Samudio
  3. Goin' Upstairs  - Domingo "Sam" Samudio
  4. Don't Tell Me Your Troubles  -  Dixie Flyers
  5. Sick and Tired  -  Dixie Flyers
  6. Odessa  -  Dixie Flyers
  7. Gift of Love  -  Delaney & Bonnie
  8. Sing My Way Home  -  Delaney & Bonnie
  9. Statesboro Blues  -  Allman Brothers Band
  10. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed  -  Allman Brothers Band
  11. Sugar Magnolia  -  Grateful Dead
  12. One Way Out  -  Allman Brothers Band
  13. Push Push  - Herbie Mann
  14. Spirit In the Dark  - Herbie Mann
  15. What'd I Say  - Herbie Mann

Disc 7

  1. Come On In My Kitchen  -  Delaney & Bonnie
  2. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad  -  Delaney & Bonnie
  3. Poor Elijah/Tribute To Johnson  -  Delaney & Bonnie
  4. You Don't Love Me/Soul Serenade  -  Allman Brothers Band
  5. Please Be With Me  -  Cowboy
  6. Stand Back  -  Allman Brothers Band
  7. Blue Sky  -  Allman Brothers Band
  8. Blue Sky  -  Allman Brothers Band
  9. Dreams  -  Allman Brothers Band
  10. Little Martha  -  Allman Brothers Band

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duane Allman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Electric Sitar
Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
John Hammond   Guitar,Vocals
Gregg Allman   Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Hammond B3
Dickey Betts   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Carter   Guitar,Vocals
Arthur Conley   Vocals
Doris Duke   Vocals
Aretha Franklin   Piano,Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Hawkins   Vocals
Laura Lee   Vocals
Laura Nyro   Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Wilson Pickett   Vocals
Boz Scaggs   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals
King Curtis   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass
Hubert Laws   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Mann   Flute,Alto Flute
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals
Pete Carr   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Delaney Bramlett   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Barry Goldberg   Piano,Vocals
Johnny Jenkins   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Foot Stomping
Bobby Lance   Guitar,Vocals
Lulu   Vocals
Memphis Horns   Percussion
Southern Comfort   Background Vocals
Dee Dee Warwick   Background Vocals
Sweet Inspirations   Background Vocals
King Biscuit Boy   Harmonica
Jim Gordon   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Drums
Albhy Galuten   Piano
Tommy Amato   Drums
Tippy Armstrong   Cabasa
Joe Arnold   Tenor Saxophone
Albert Bailey   Vocals
Barry Beckett   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ben Benay   Guitar
Scott Boyer   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
David Brown   Bass
Ella Brown   Vocals
Estelle Brown   Vocals
Garnett Brown   Trombone
David Cantonwine   Bass
Tommy Carlisle   Guitar
Charles Chalmers   Tenor Saxophone
Cissy Houston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
George Clark   Bass
Sam Clayton   Conga
Lewis Collins   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Connell   Drums
Sammy Creason   Drums
Scott Cushnie   Keyboards
Dino Danelli   Drums
Bobby Dennis   Guitar
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
James Luther Dickinson   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Thom Doucette   Harmonica,Percussion
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Alan Estes   Percussion
Charlie Freeman   Guitar
Kenny Gradney   Bass
Jeannie Green   Background Vocals
Jack Hale   Trombone
Roger Hawkins   Percussion,Drums
Brenda Hilliard   Vocals
Eddie Hinton   Guitar,Slide Guitar,cowbell
David Hood   Bass
Roger Hopps   Trumpet
Paul Hornsby   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Gerald Jemmott   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Jumonville   Alto Saxophone
Bob Keller   Bass,Harmonica
Peter Kowalke   Background Vocals
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Trevor Lawrence   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Darrell Leonard   Trombone,Trumpet
Edward Leonetti   Guitar
Phil Lesh   Bass,Vocals
Lester   Fiddle
Ed Logan   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Albert Lowe   Guitar
Frank Mayes   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy McClure   Bass
Donnie McCormick   Harmonica,Drums,Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Organ,Percussion,Vocals
Gene Miller   Trumpet
James Mitchell   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Mark Naftalin   Keyboards
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Berry Oakley   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Spooner Oldham   Keyboards
Jack Peck   Trumpet
Carl Radle   Bass,Percussion
Otis Rush   Guitar,Vocals
Domingo "Sam" Samudio   Guitar,Vocals,Jaw Harp
Johnny Sandlin   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Sylvia Shemwell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Myrna Smith   Vocals
David Spinozza   Guitar
Tommy Talton   Background Vocals
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Donna Thatcher   Background Vocals
Marvell Thomas   Organ
Butch Trucks   Percussion,Drums
Ron Tutt   Drums
Mike Utley   Organ
Aaron Varnell   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Wess   Flugelhorn,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Whitlock   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ronnie Wilkins   Piano
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Paul Venturini   Organ
Mike Alexander   Bass
Joseph Forgione   Drums
Charles Ingui   Vocals
Kenny Jeremiah   Vocals
Mabron McKinney   Bass
James Price   Background Vocals
Maynard Portwood   Drums
Spencer Wiggins   Vocals
Tom McClure   Bass
Joe Rogers   Organ
Ralph McDonald   Percussion
Tony Lumpkin   Vocals
Larry Sivley   Guitar
Paul Smith   Guitar
Terry Moore   Bass
Cliff Blackwood   Drums
Chuck Morgan   Drums
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller   Trombone,Trumpet
Richie Ingui   Vocals
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass
Mary Holiday   Background Vocals
Jerry Williams   Piano
Jai Johanny Johanson   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Timbales
Willie Walker   Vocals
Bernard Purdie   Drums
Freddy Hester   Acoustic Bass
Dana Loconte   Keyboards
Ralph Ballinger   Bass
Zulema Rucker   Vocals
Tony Radicello   Bass
Eddie Hoh   Drums
Jack Jackson   Guitar
Cabwhiss Grandberry   Background Vocals
Alvin Willford   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Composer,Producer
Paul Butterfield   Composer
Willie Cobbs   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Blind Willie McTell   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Fenton Robinson   Composer
Mac Davis   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Allman Brothers Band   Producer
Anderson   Composer
Jeff Beck   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Dickey Betts   Composer
Jackson Browne   Composer
Clarence Carter   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Ronnie Hawkins   Composer
Jimmy Hughes   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Manfred Mann   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Laura Nyro   Arranger,Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Boz Scaggs   Composer,Producer
Joe South   Composer
Bob Weir   Composer
King Curtis   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Herbie Mann   Composer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Steve Alaimo   Producer
Gene Barge   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Mars Bonfire   Composer
Delaney Bramlett   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Harold Burrage   Composer
Jim Ford   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Goldberg   Composer,Producer
Nick Gravenites   Composer,Producer
Marlin Greene   Composer,Producer
Mike Hugg   Composer
Bobby Lance   Arranger,Producer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
Tim Rose   Composer
Tony Joe White   Producer
John Densmore   Composer
Jim Gordon   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Bonnie Dobson   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Jim McCarty   Composer
Duane Allman   Composer,Producer,Drawing
Jackie Avery   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Homer Banks   Composer
Adrian Barber   Producer
Scott Billington   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Scott Boyer   Composer
Ella Brown   Composer
Tommy Carlisle   Composer
Felix Cavaliere   Producer
Charles Chalmers   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Producer
Tom Dowd   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements
Chris Dreja   Composer
Fred Foster   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Rick Hall   Arranger,Producer
Eddie Hinton   Composer,Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Roy Lee Johnson   Composer,Producer
B.B. King   Composer
Mel London   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Producer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer
Donnie McCormick   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Lewis Merenstein   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Owsley Stanley   Producer
David Porter   Composer
Jimmy Radcliffe   Composer
Keith Relf   Composer
Donna Rhodes   Composer
Roy Ruby   Composer
Otis Rush   Composer
Domingo "Sam" Samudio   Composer
Paul Samwell-Smith   Composer
Johnny Sandlin   Producer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Ronnie Shannon   Composer
Sylvia Shemwell   Composer
Dallas Smith   Producer
Myrna Smith   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Jann Wenner   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Bobby Whitlock   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Dr. John   Composer
Emily Houston   Composer
Richard Betts   Composer
Margaret Lewis   Composer
Dave Crawford   Composer,Producer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Charles Ingui   Composer
Richard Ingui   Composer
Billy Myles   Composer
Alan Wilson   Composer
Spencer Davis   Composer
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Lee Lavergne   Composer,Producer
Abbey Anna   Photo Coordination
Paul Blakemore   Mastering
Jules Taub   Composer
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Clint Ballard   Composer
Curtis Ousley   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Melvin Leakes   Composer
Jacqueline Magill   Composer
Fran Robins   Composer
Grady Smith   Composer
Jesse Anderson   Composer
Marcus Daniels   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Wilbur Terrell   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Scott Schinder   Essay
EJ Devokaitis   Memorabilia
Billy Roberts   Composer
Lloyd Webber   Composer
Dominos   Arranger,Producer
Mike Middlebrook   Composer
Ronnie Miller   Composer
William Fischer   String Arrangements
Jerry Williams   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Roy Jordan   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer
William Weldon   Composer
James Bracken   Composer
James B. Oden   Composer
Joseph Wade Scott   Composer
Allen Jones   Composer
Rudolph Russell   Producer
Osbie Burnett McClinton   Composer
John Hurley   Producer
Robert Kim Payne   Composer
Jim Coleman   Composer
Raymond Berry Oakley   Composer
Edward Hardin   Composer
Bob Lance   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Carrol Quillen   Composer
Paul Ballenger   Producer
Galadrielle Allman   Essay
Dan Grier   Composer

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