Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Fillmore Concerts

The Allman Brothers reissue their legendary At Fillmore East in 1992. This time it's repackaged as The Fillmore Concerts. Contains all of At Fillmore East, "Mountain Jam" from Eat a Peach, plus more. It's a great album to get if you're a fan of the At the Fillmore East.

Friday, April 29, 2011

An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band:First Set

This is the album I play the most from the Allman Brothers. I really think the Warren Haynes/Dicky Betts guitar combo really rocks! They mesh together extremely well in their own unique chemistry. The band's improvisational jams on old tunes like "Blue Sky" and "Dreams" and new like "Nobody Knows" and "End of the Line" are paralleled, if not better, than the days when Duane Allman ran the slide on his guitar.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Live at the Great Woods

A DVD I've gotten from the Allman Brothers. Recorded live from the Great Woods at Mansfield, Massachusetts 9/6/1991. What started to be a video recording of a few songs for a Japanese TV program called "The Full Moon Show" ended up to be an long broadcast. A good documentary of the Allman Brothers at this point.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shades of Two Worlds

The group's follow-up to their comeback album is a major step forward, with more mature songs, more improvisation than the group had featured in their work since the early 1970s, and more confidence than they'd shown since Brothers and Sisters. It's all here, from acoustic bottleneck playing on "Come On In My Kitchen", to jazz improvisation in "Kind of Bird" and with their most reflective songwriting on their 15 minute epic rocker "Nobody Knows" Yet, this fan favorite of an album is out print. Probably due to low sales.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Decade of Hits 1969–1979

The Allman Brothers best selling compilation, selling over two million copies. It's pretty good overview of their early days.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Live at Ludlow Garage 1970

This retrospective live album was recorded live at Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati. Although it was recorded in 1970, it was not released until 1991.The album is noted for having the longest recorded version of Mountain Jam, clocking at 44 minutes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Seven Turns

After nearly a decade of being dissolved, the Allman Brothers reincarnates into a new and improved lineup! Founding members Greg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe and Butch Trucks pick up guitar extraordinaire Warren Haynes, bass master Allen Woody and keyboardist Johnny Neel to form the best line-up since Eat a Peach! Feeling confident about their newly restored reputation, the band pulls out an excellent set up tunes like "Good Clean Fun", "True Gravity" and the title track.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Best of the Allman Brothers Band

Perhaps my first album I got from the Allman Brothers. Released in 1981 and now out of print. At the time of release, it served a good overview on the Allman Brothers career at that point.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Enlightened Rogues

Even adding a new guitarist, Dan Toler, to step up their dual guitar attack couldn't stop the Allman Brothers' downward spiral. Yet somehow, Enlightened Rogues held it's on. Although the album received strong reviews and moderate sales, it just wasn't their best. A mere reminder of what it used to be...The band would soon dissolve two years later. Contains the hit "Crazy Love"

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas

Released in 1976, this live album is a collection of tunes recorded live in concert from 1972 to 1975. It was evidently and unfairly compared to their speculator At the Filmore East album. Nevertheless, it serves a great example to what the band was going through at the time, illustrated the group's mixture of lament and resolve.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Win, Lose or Draw

Not the greatest album from the Allman Brothers nor it isn't their worst. The band sounds lethargic, although they still play decently. The album highlights are Chuck Berry's "Can't Lose What You Never Had", the title cut, and the jazzy instrumental "High Falls". The album's main fault lies not with what it is, but what it could have been, and who it's from -- as a debut album from a new band, it would be excusable and acceptable.

Winterland Ballroom San Francisco, CA 9/26/1973

The Allman Brothers pull off an excellent show at the Winterland in 1973! The tape I have is rare and full of descriptivism. Honestly, the show I have may or not be the Winterland show as described. Nevertheless, it's a great example of the Allman Brothers in concert in 1973.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Brothers and Sisters

Tragedy strikes the Allman Brothers again! This time it's bassist Berry Oakley death in eerily similar circumstances as Duane Allman. Undaunted, the band carries on. Recruiting Lamar Williams on the bass and Chuck Leavell on the keyboards, guitarist Dickey Betts takes over leadership and the lion's share of guitar work. The results were a more of country flavored album with superb classics like the boogie romp"Southbound", the crossover country smash "Ramblin' Man" and the buoyant instrumental "Jessica". This album is a classic!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Eat a Peach

Tragedy strikes the Allman Brothers! Guitarist Duane Allman is killed in a motorcycle accident during the Eat A Peach sessions leaving the band to go without him. A tragedy turned into triumph this is...a fitting tribute to Duane. Among the best albums in rock, it's described as "after-the-rain celebration... ageless, seamless... front-porch music stolen from the utopia of shared southern memory." Contains tunes like "One Way Out", "Melissa" and "Blue Sky"

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

At Fillmore East

Considered by many among the greatest live albums in the history of rock and roll. The Allman Brothers Band pushed the limits of rock music by stretching their free flowing jams past the 20 minute mark. Here the instrumental interplay between the band members are magnificent!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Idlewild South

Released in 1970, the Allman Brother's second album provides electric blues with an acoustic texture, virtuoso lead, slide, and organ playing, and a killer selection of songs, including "Midnight Rider," "Revival," "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" in its embryonic studio version, which is pretty impressive even at a mere six minutes and change!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Allman Brothers Band

Born out of guitarist Duane Allman's inspired jams, a bold, powerful, hard-edged, soulful essay in electric blues with a native Southern ambience. Some lingering elements of the psychedelic era then drawing to a close can be found in "Dreams," along with the template for the group's on-stage workouts with "Whipping Post". Sounds impressive, but that's the start of what's to become...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Unplugged New York 5/28/1996

I originally bootlegged this off the MTV special, not knowing if it was ever going to be released. I've always liked Alice in Chains' acoustic stuff and this one as just is good as the Jar of Flies EP. Stark and hauntingly beautiful, this serves as one of singer Layne Stanley's last performances.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains' self titled third studio album. The final one with the late Layne Staley. It was noted for being a break away from the externally applied grunge label affixed to the group. The sound was more cleanly delineated and meticulously layered. Contains the tunes "Heaven Beside You", "Grind", Again" and "Over Now"

Friday, April 8, 2011

Jar of Flies

Alice in Chains' all acoustic EP Jar of Flies was never intended for release. I'm sure glad that it was released! I never knew acoustical stuff could be heavy and dark. This album is achingly gorgeous and harrowingly sorrowful all at once!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Alice in Chain's second album. It's very dark, intense and foreboding. Brutally honest and eerie, drug addicted singer, Layne Staley, and the rest of the band takes you on a journey through their primal darkness. Nearly every song is imbued with the morbidity, self-disgust, and/or resignation of a self-aware yet powerless addict."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Moore Theatre Seattle, WA 12/22/1990

An excellent concert featuring Alice in Chains in their early days. Very raw and full of energy!

Monday, April 4, 2011


One of the many grunge bands out of Seattle, Alice in Chains were heavier than most. Layne Staley's soulful screams and Jerry Cantrell's Gothic and grinding guitars remind me of a sludgy, darker version of Black Sabbath.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Electric Folklore Live

I remember getting this album out a cutout bin for a couple of bucks. It's a live album release from the band, The Alarm. Pretty good album...

Saturday, April 2, 2011


The Alarm, an early '80's band reminiscent of of early U2. They had their short lived fame through the popularity of this album.

Friday, April 1, 2011

In Pictures

Released in 1995, In Pictures serves to be a more reflective album showing the band through the years. One thing is certain for Alabama, the group's knack for turning out catchy, straightforward pop-inflected country has not diminished over the years.