The Essential Allman Brothers Band: The Epic Years

The Essential Allman Brothers Band: The Epic Years

by The Allman Brothers Band

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The Essential Allman Brothers Band: The Epic Years

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969288429
catalogNumber: 92884

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allman Brothers Band   Primary Artist
Gregg Allman   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Dickey Betts   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,national steel guitar
Warren Haynes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Oteil Burbridge   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jaimoe   Percussion,Drums
Marc Quiñones   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
Allman Brothers Band   Producer,Executive Producer
Dickey Betts   Composer
Warren Haynes   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer,Audio Production
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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