If you're looking for the real deal, Allman fans, this is it! If this just had hits and key album tracks, you'd probably still dig it, but this 4-CD set takes a panoramic look at these Southern-rock gods. It adds their early cuts as the Allman Joys, smokin' live performances and stray solo tracks; you get Ramblin' Man; Midnight Rider; Crazy Love; Melissa; Crossroads; One Way Out; Dimples; Whipping Post; In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (last four live) , and more, 55 total!
This four-CD celebration offers an incredibly comprehensive look at the Allman Brothers, adding early demos, rare live recordings, alternate takes, outtakes, remixes, and solo efforts to the already powerful "official" catalog. Their progression from '60s Invasion-style rockers to blues cover band with a taste for B.B. King to dynamic rock & roll juggernaut is astonishing, and the inclusion of sundry oddities will make collectors happy. The booklet is thorough and lovingly produced. --Marc Greilsamer