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Idlewild South [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Allman Brothers BandAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000003CM9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their first Top 40 strike! This 1970 classic features their first pop hit, Revival ; their instant classic Midnight Rider ; their concert staple In Memory of Elizabeth Reed ; their amped-up spin on Hoochie Coochie Man , and more.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
From the melodic opening lines of "Revival" to the closing strains of "Leave My Blues Alone" this is one of the best albums The Allman Brothers Band ever created. The band has, of course, created other masterpieces but this is the first album where everything comes together from the top notch playing by Duane and Dickey to Greg's bluesy growl. Most of the tracks from this album have became the bedrock of the band's concerts (and a good portion of this album formed the basis for the classic and seminal live album "Live at the Fillmore East").

"Idlewind South" has been remastered a number of times for CD but the best versions to purchase are the early edition mastered by Dennis Drake where Drake doesn't futz with the sound but presents the music naturally without compression or altering the sound of the original mastertape. Drake's remaster can usually be found used. If you see the "Capricorn Remasters" on the inlay card of the CD, this isn't the one remastered by Drake. You'll find a copy of Drake's remaster used in all probablility and its one of the original issues of the CD.

The best version, however, is the newly released version from Mobile Fidelity (which is back in business with new owners after going out of business in the early part of the 21st century). Mastered by Shawn R. Britton the album has never sounded this warm, rich or good on CD. If you can find the Britton remaster (google Music Direct or go to the Mobile Fidelity website)which was released in a limited, numbered edition in a replica of the original album sleeve, I'd snatch it up. It's possible some independent retailers are carrying it (sadly amazon.com is not and I'm not quite sure why perhaps its is sold out).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good record but don't buy it May 21, 2005
By Petri
Format:Audio CD
A great record but don't buy it. Get it on Beginnings, which includes this record with their debut, which is even five stars, and it isn't that expensive.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This and Brothers And Sisters First January 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This recording is a big improvement over their debut as the Brothers explore a few more styles. Revival has a nice gospel feel with a nice shuffling beat. This version of Hoochie Coochie Man really cooks as the drummers lay down a driving rhythm. The vocals and guitar playing are awesome on this song as well. And How can you forget about the haunting Midnight Rider and the multi-themed In Memory of Elizabeth Reed. The only significant problem is that the disc at 31 minutes is not long enough. This is topquality stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great, great album October 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
What a masterpiece this is! If you enjoy a combination of rock, soul, blues, jazz then this will appeal to you.

Although this is a short album, the brief nature of it works well...it leaves you wanting more. The duel guitar playing was so tremendous that it made the solos sound like vocals rather than self indulgent notes.

It starts with "Revival" which is perfectly titled. The song starts out as a jazzy, instrumental but then turns into a wonderful call and response tune. It is very uplifting and one of my favorite Allman Brother songs.

"Don't keep me wondering" is a scorching rocker with great, greasy, slide guitar. Dune Allman employs a terrific fat tone.

"Midnight Rider" is a classic song that epitomizes the Southern Rock sound. Check out the interplay between the guitars of Dickie Betts and Duane Allman.

"In memory of Elizabeth Reed" is an instrumental. It is jazzy yet it also remains in a true song structure rather than an excuse to play a lot of notes. The Allman Brothers never noodle on the guitar. Every note counts

"Hoochie Coochie man" is another blazing rocker featuring Duane Allman's slide.

Besides the awesome guitar you also get Greg Allman's soulful, whiskey throated vocals and classic Hammond organ sounds.

The duel drumming rocks, Berry Oakely's bass playing is stellar and most of all, this was an incredible work for such a young band.

For anybody not familar with this band, this is an excellent starting point. I do not believe in compilations for this band b/c they were too good and have way too much depth. You cannot reduce a monumental band like this to a compilation. "Idlewild South" reflects a great period of this band when they were building maturity and confidence that would be more fully demonstrated on the next album, "Eat a Peach"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album and a great band May 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
this album is so awesome because it has probably the best instrumental rock song in history, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed takes you on a journey thats so inspiring that you can't even begin to imagine how great musicians this guys were. Dickey Betts guitar is incredible not to mention the sounds that came from the late great duane allman is out of this world,this song or intrumental piece has a lot to offer it even has a mini drum solo! believe me if you haven't heard this song before try it you won't regret it. As for the other songs, like said before midnight rider is cool and revival ain't bad either listen to it and you'll discover how beautiful this album is, great southern rock!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars. An early career highlight January 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I always thought it was a bit of a shame that "Idlewild South" opens with the least of the album's seven songs, the repetitive "Revival". That one really doesn't give much of an indication of what's to follow, which is some of the finest 70s blues-rock you'll ever hear.

This is a terrific showcase for what the original Allman Brothers Band could do. Gregg Allman's "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" is a perfectly authentic electric blues number, all quivering harmonica fills, howling slide guitars, and some terrific hooks. A concert favorite for 40 years, this is one of band's best-ever songs.
"Midnight Rider" is thoroughly seductive, a melodic, folkish acoustic number, and the band do one of the most personal and succesful covers of Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man" you'll ever hear. And while "Please Call Home" is one of the band's lesser-known songs, the soulful ballad is no throwaway.
Almost everything is stellar, in fact, from the original "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (a tight seven minutes!) to the swaggering "Leave My Blues At Home". The sound of the six-man band is dense and powerful, riding along on the groove laid down by the two drummers and bassist Berry Oakley, and on Gregg Allman's organ, and this is head and shoulders above most of the wishy-washy white boy blues of the era!

Younger brother Gregg Allman was the band's songwriter back then, writing or co-writing nine out of fourteen songs on the band's first two albums combined, and he has written all the best songs here (with the obvious exception of "Hoochie Coochie Man"). And everything crackles with energy; Duane Allman and Dickey Betts had perfected their dual lead guitar onslaught, Thom Doucette provides some very competent blues harmonica, and Duane's slide guitar sounds amazingly clean and crisp.
"Idlewild South" is definitive must-have for ABB fans. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Classic
A must for all Allman Brothers fans. Often overlooked due to other classic albums but this is a true masterpiece. Read more
Published 1 month ago by danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe c'mon.
Aw c'mon. Y'all know it. The Allman Brother's 2nd album is so fantastic, there's no comparison. Raw, roots, blues, tight, This is the ascent of the greatest band ever, in my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maggie May
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
One of those rare LP's that every song is a gem. I have never grown tired of these wonderful masterpieces.
Published 2 months ago by RJW
5.0 out of 5 stars Allmans best
This IMO is the definitive Allman Brothers album. They peaked with this blues rock masterpiece. Most fans pick Eat A Peach or Live At Fillmore East. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars The Prototype
First album from the prototypical Southern Rock band. Complex melodies, harmonies and rhythms. Holds up well year after year after year.
Published 5 months ago by Jenny Sequois
5.0 out of 5 stars Allmans break out
This and the first album, below, are classics and timeless. The music has held up for 40 years. A band just beginning its ascent.
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Published 9 months ago by rickg
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Idlewild South, an ORIGINAL Allman Bros album. AWESOME! LOVE IT! Have been listenining to it for over 40 years! Can't believe how old I am, IKES!
Published 9 months ago by ldr2007
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful white boy blues. Must have for all blues fans.
Great record. Duane Altman is unequaled in pure soulful guitar work. His tone is unique and beautiful with plenty of punch. Many songs have an almost atmospheric quality. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
A classi^c of the Band when still firing on all cylinders, a can't miss in any true rock fan's collection.
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