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Laid Back [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Gregg AllmanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Queen Of Hearts 6:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
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On January 10, 2014, a multi-generational assortment of musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country joined together at Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime all-star performance to pay tribute to the life and music of the legendary singer/musician/songwriter Gregg Allman. That live musical event can now be experienced via the new multimedia package All My ... Read more in Amazon's Gregg Allman Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001FM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gregg's 1973 solo debut also became his biggest hit, a #13 LP featuring his Top 20 classic Midnight Rider . Remastered from the original master tapes!

By the end of 1973, the Allman Brothers Band seemed to have it all nailed down. They'd proven their mettle with a fine synthesis of blues, jazz, folk, and country influences; expanded upon it with the definitive Fillmore East set; and moved forward after the separate losses of guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley. The group's myriad strengths, in fact, might've been the reason that one of their most obvious gifts--Gregg Allman's pained, growling voice--was sometimes overlooked. Laid Back, Gregg Allman's first solo disc, seems in part an effort to gain a little more recognition. It worked, particularly given the strong radio response to its opening track, a loping remake of "Midnight Rider." Likewise, much of the album's remainder finds Allman tweaking the band's blues ("Queen of Hearts") and country sides (a cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days"); horns and gospelish backing vocals add to the personal, often mournful feel. Much more coherent than its dated cover art (an either childlike or blasted-out-of-his-gourd Gregg ignoring a blazing volcano) indicates, Laid Back is an often convincing version of the man's music. For Allman, it would get much, much worse before it would be this good again. --Rickey Wright

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Southern Blues Masterpiece March 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Webster's dictionary defines a masterpiece as "An artistic work done with consummate skill". Gregg's "Laid Back" certainly qualifies that definition. Almost as spectacular is the fact that this was his first solo effort. Blues imply melancholy and this album is loaded with it. What sets this music apart from others, is the cleansed feeling it gives you after it ends. It's as if you have been baptized in cool southern waters. "These Days", "Queen of Hearts", "Please Call Home", and "Multicolored Lady" are four of the best but don't miss the rest as this album has more "hits" than some artists collect in their entire career! After I first heard the lyric, "Please don't confront me with my failures, I'm aware of them" from "These Days", I have felt it typifies the mood Gregg was in and what blues was all about. This was released in 1973 but sounds as fresh today as it did then. This is the Gregg Allman I'll remember.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greg without duane December 2, 1999
Format:Audio Cassette
This was Greg's first recording without his beloved brother,Duane. There is an introspective feel to this release, as shown in a gret cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days." It is a nice departure from the southern rock Allman Brothers sound and "Queen of Hearts" will move the hardest of souls. The strings and horns show a production that Allman Brothers fans have never heard. If I were stranded on a desert island, this is one of the ten I would take with me.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongest Allman Brothers Solo Project Ever November 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For Allman Brothers fans who have all the band's classic albums in their collection and are still hungry for more, or those who would like to hear some variation from the basic Allman Brothers' sound, this is the album to get. "Laid Back" is an outstanding collection of songs, imaginatively arranged and performed with passion and grace by singer/organ player Gregg. On his first solo outing Gregg strays far from the expected twin-guitar-southern-rock-blues sound, and instead offers horns, jazzy arrangements, strong hints of gospel, and even a Jackson Browne cover ("These Days"), with it all working wonderfully. His next album, "Playin' Up A Storm", is similar but not as strong. After that his solo albums became copies of the Allman Brothers Band sound.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ****4+1/2 Stars**** Gregg's Very Best Solo Effort June 21, 2007
By Marley
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Jackson Browne's "These Days" was such a fitting anthem for Brother Gregg Allman back in '73 when Laid Back was released. I remember seeing the ABB on Thanksgiving night in 1971 at Carnegie Hall. It was their first concert following the tragic death of Duane Allman. I never would have thought The Allman Brothers Band would perform "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". Gospel?...The Brothers?....Yea Right! But there it was at the end of that very memorable evening. I watched Gregg as he shared with the audience his pain and his grief, and something more.

That something more manifested itself two years later with this very rewarding debut solo effort. It took those two years for him to reflect upon his first five years on the road. Three years with his big brother and the next two years without him. Gregg was truly inspired to lay down his finest vocal performance ever and "Queen of Hearts" delivers just that. What feeling! what depth! just stunning! The two ABB covers, "Please Call Home" and "Midnight Rider" evoke the deep loss and agonizing despair of burying Brother Duane and then reopening the wound just one year later with the loss a of original band member Berry Oakley.

Not without it's faults, Laid Back is my favorite solo album by Gregg. It took courage and it took fortitude for Gregg to stay the course. I'm sure he knew in his heart it was what Duane would have expected of him. Till this day, when I listen to Laid Back, I can't help but see his face before me on that long ago Thanksgiving night. Hurt beyond belief, but determined to go on and go on he did. Keep on keeping on Brother and thanks for all the great music and wonderful memories along the way.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The excellent solo debut from Greg Allman September 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Greg's first solo effort and it is nearly a tour de force. It's style differs significantly from that of the Allman Brothers Band at the time, but only in a good way. I think, however, that its somewhat maudlin tone can best be understood in light of the tragedies that stalked Greg and the other members of the ABB at the time. The album begins with a stripped-down version of "Midnight Rider" that features a nice acoustic guitar riff. He then wastes no time in getting to what is definitely the best song on the album "Queen of Hearts". It's an upbeat, jazzy number that's backed up with a beefy horn section and an exciting electric piano solo or two by Chuck Leavell. After losing steam a bit with "Please Call Home", he gets it back with the bright boogie of "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing". The good stuff just keeps coming, with a version of Jackson Browne's "These Days" that sounds better than the original, with Greg's smoky voice added to the mix. "Multi Colored Lady" is a trancendent, inspired love song. The album closes with the slow ballad "All My Friends" and an a-cappella rendering of the traditional spiritual "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". All in all, a fine effort from Allman and friends that really showcases his talent as a songwriter and a musician.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's Item
I've had the album since it's first release. Always loved this record. Queen of Hearts is one of my favorite songs Greg's written. Read more
Published 2 days ago by guitar man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome, young Gregg's solo effort really showcases his talent and individuality.
Published 4 days ago by Frank Fiore
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregg Allman's First Solo and First Hit
A great CD...with one of the deepest thoughts ever from "Multi-Colored Lady," "...angry red, passion blue, but mostly....shades of gray." What woman isn't?
Published 2 months ago by Sean M McLean
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Arrived as advertised, packed properly.
Published 3 months ago by John H Downer Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great music
Published 3 months ago by Donna Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Solo Allman
If you love the Allman Brothers, you cannot go wrong with Gregg's first solo outing. Great southern tunes about desolation and hearbreak.
Published 4 months ago by Lonas Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of the Allman Bros...
...but a bit more introspective and personal.

It's like Gregg, but without the rest of the 'band.

However, it is REAL good! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chuck Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Southern Blues Rockers
Between CCR, and, The Allman Bros, Southern Rock was on my stereo frequently. In my opinion, the best version of Midnight Rider is only on this album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Kinner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best!!
Growing up with Gregg Allman and his music was one of the best things I remember. The southern rock festivals were so much better than today's music fests... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BB
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure the music is fine... the record was quite scratched though
Title says it all... granted I paid about $3 for it so I can't be too upset. But basically the record is unplayable.
Published 5 months ago by Adam M.
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