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The Essential Allman Brothers Band: The Epic Years

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This compilation is highly debatable as to whether it's the "Essential" Allman Brothers Band on Epic or essential at all. But there are some nice things here. For one, if offers a pretty good look at Dickey Betts as a songwriter. The title cut from Seven Turns could have been on his own Highway Call, and the live version of "Blue Sky," whose studio version originally appeared on Eat a Peach, appears here from 1992's An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band. It's notable, as is his "Jessica" from the release of the second set of that evening as a separate outing. His other tunes, "Nobody Knows" and "No One to Run With," are less successful. The former sounds like Betts was ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This compilation is highly debatable as to whether it's the "Essential" Allman Brothers Band on Epic or essential at all. But there are some nice things here. For one, if offers a pretty good look at Dickey Betts as a songwriter. The title cut from Seven Turns could have been on his own Highway Call, and the live version of "Blue Sky," whose studio version originally appeared on Eat a Peach, appears here from 1992's An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band. It's notable, as is his "Jessica" from the release of the second set of that evening as a separate outing. His other tunes, "Nobody Knows" and "No One to Run With," are less successful. The former sounds like Betts was trying to rewrite the jamming section of "Whipping Post" as a new song, and the latter sounds like a bombastic Bo Diddley tribute. Of the rest, there is the now irritatingly ubiquitous "Soulshine" by Warren Haynes, which appears on almost every live outing by Gov't Mule or the Allmans. It's a decent song, but if one never heard it again it would be too soon. The acoustic version of "Midnight Rider" is taken from a previous anthology called Mycology; terrible backing vocals and Haynes doing a bad Jerry Garcia impersonation during his solo mar the cut. The final tune is a live version of Gregg Allman's "Please Call Home" from Peakin' at the Beacon. Allman is one of the greatest white blues singers in history, but simply put, this isn't one of his best performances of this tune. His vocal never catches fire because he's overwhelmed by a band that doesn't get the subtlety of the tune. This is spotty to be sure, but it contains some inspired moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969288429
  • Catalog Number: 92884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Clean Fun (5:08)
  2. 2 Seven Turns (5:05)
  3. 3 End Of The Line (4:39)
  4. 4 Nobody Knows (10:59)
  5. 5 Get On With Your Life (6:58)
  6. 6 No One To Run With (6:00)
  7. 7 Soulshine (6:44)
  8. 8 Blue Sky (8:40)
  9. 9 Midnight Rider (3:10)
  10. 10 Jessica (16:07)
  11. 11 Please Call Home (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Allman Brothers Band Primary Artist
Gregg Allman Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Dickey Betts Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, national steel guitar
Warren Haynes Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Oteil Burbridge Bass, Bass Guitar
Jaimoe Johnson Percussion, Drums
Marc QuiƱones Percussion, Conga, Guest Appearance
Paul Riddle Drums
Butch Trucks Percussion, Drums, Timpani
Derek Trucks Guitar, Slide Guitar
Allen Woody Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass, 6-string bass, 8-string Bass, 5-string Banjo
Johnny Neel Synthesizer, Piano, Harp, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Gregg Allman Composer
The Allman Brothers Band Producer, Executive Producer
Dickey Betts Composer
Warren Haynes Composer
Tom Dowd Producer, Audio Production
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Robert Payne Composer
Allen Woody Composer
Johnny Neel Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Kirk West Cover Photo
Jaimoe Jaworowicz Composer
Bert Holman Executive Producer
John Lynskey Liner Notes
Norm Elrod Packaging Manager
John Prestia Composer
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