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Where It All Begins

Allman Brothers BandAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 3, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0012GMUY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All Night Train
2. Sailin' 'Cross the Devil's Sea
3. Back Where It All Begins
4. Soulshine
5. No One to Run With
6. Change My Way of Living
7. Mean Woman Blues
8. Everybody's Got a Mountain to Climb
9. What's Done Is Done
10. Temptation Is a Gun

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Live, in-studio action from one of the world's most beloved rock bands! Includes All Night Train; Back Where it All Begins; No One to Run With; Mean Woman Blues; What's Done Is Done , and more!

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Recorded live in the studio in 1994, "Where It All Begins" is a terrific latter-day Allman Brothers album. It is filled with big, muscular rock songs, only one of which is over seven minutes long...and that is REALLY tight for an Allman Brothers record!

Musically, "Where It All Begins" is more diverse than most of the band's records, spanning rock, soul, blues, a little bit of jazz and funk, and various forms with a hyphen and the word "rock" (blues-rock, country-rock...)
Gregg Allman has a much stronger presence than on the 1990 comeback album with four songwriting credits, including two of the best songs, the confessional "All Night Train" and the great, muscular funk of "Sailin' 'Cross The Devil's Sea".
Dickey Betts gets five...he usually provided the countryish flavour, but here he brings the wonderful, tough "Mean Woman Blues" and the driving hard rock of "No One To Run With" to the party, as well as the powerful mid-tempo blues stomper "Change My Way Of Living" and two more traditionally "Betts-ish" numbers, the title track and "Everybody's Got A Mountain To Climb".

The rhythm section is perfect, tough yet supple, with plenty of swing...bassist Allen Woody and percussionist Marc Quinones are just wonderful, and this is the Allmans' last studio album to feature the combination of Dickey Betts and slide guitarist Warren Haynes. Haynes is a fine, rough singer, and he provides an updated version of the Gov't Mule number "Soulshine", a wonderful, melodic slow rock song. He also gets co-writing credits on "All Night Train" and the apostrophe-song ("Sailin' 'Cross The Devil's Sea"), and plays sizzling lead and slide guitar.

This is an unusually strong and consistent batch of songs...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album January 30, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band has often been labelled "better live than in the studio." Anyone who has ever seen the Brothers at their considerable heights may well agree. But, they have turned out some wonderful studio compositions -- Where it All Begins being the last. Perhaps it was the Woodstock festival, perhaps the fact that guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody were in the middle of forging Gov't Mule, but the Allmans had more energy on this album then they had shown in some time(or have shown since). Gregg and Dickey sound wonderful (although the years have caught up to them both) and the music can reach spiritual heights at its best.
This is a great place to start for new fans -- songs like "No One to Run With" and the title track are fine illustrations of why we diehards love these guys so much. There is great guitar work here, classic songwriting, intricate drumming, and feet-tapping good fun. And, those of us who have remained loyal to the ABB over these last few years know that Gregg hasn't sung any new songs since this album. With Dickey's departure last year, there may never be another studio album from the band. So, don't pass this one up.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in good form - 5 star effort March 7, 2006
By Riley
Format:Audio CD
I found this cd in a used shop and got it for only 5 bucks! What a great deal!! This is not The Fillmore Concerts or Eat a Peach but it delivers. The title track is a real stand out. And 'Nobody Left to Run With' is a fantastic song that got some airplay. Both of these songs do what the brothers do so well - create a mood. In this case the mood is a very good one. There's a lot of joy on this entire album. I love it all the way through.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Production, Percussion "Where It All Begins" for ABB September 1, 2000
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Cut from the same cloth as many of the Allman Brothers' best releases, "Where It All Begins" features the extended jams, coiled dual guitar solos from Dickie Betts and Warren Haynes, and pain-wracked, blues-drenched Gregg Allman vocals making this group among few in classic rock still evolving, if not quite progressing. (This is especially true of Southern rock, constantly running to stand still.)
Credit clean production from veteran Tom Dowd (Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton). He contains, yet doesn't cool, the fiery live feel of Betts' Bo Diddley-ish "No One Left To Run With" (a personal favorite), his deep blues "Change My Way Of Living," the Memphis soul of "Everybody's Got A Mountain To Climb" and Allman's adulterous tale "Temptation Is A Gun," written with ex-Journey members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain.
Also credit exceptional performances from drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks and percussionist Mark Quinnones. Like great baseball teams "strong up the middle," their swift rhythm kicks beneath the solos rate with Charlie Watts as among the finest still actively playing. This gives the ABB an anchor Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann could not (in the studio, at least) give the similarly solo-inclined Grateful Dead.
The title is slightly misleading; where it all begins (and ends) for the Allmans is in concert. There, like the Dead, they sharpen and strengthen their sun-dried jazz/blues/Southern rock hybrid. Collecting their music also begins with live albums, whether the seminal "Live At Fillmore East" or the 90s "Evening With" and "2nd Set." CDs. But "Where It All Begins" is a highly recommended LP from a group that performing nearly as well in studio confines (and should more often).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Lisa Farrah
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it i went and seen the Allman Brothers in ...
i love it i went and seen the Allman Brothers in concert when this album came out i love it !!!
Published 1 month ago by Julie A Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good cd.
Very good cd. Maybe not as good as some other ABB albums but still worth buying. Good recording. Gregg's voice is really good on this album.
Published 2 months ago by Badbri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
This was an early birthday gift for my husband. He was very happy with it.
Published 3 months ago by Sandi Paynter
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Rocker
This one is a top five album for me in the Allman Brothers History, although a rather modern one in the scope of their legendary music, it represents the beginning of change. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tripp Gazzer
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Classic ABB Album
If I am right, this was the last studio album they put out where most of the original members contributed. Has that same vibe as old band but new energy. Some great tunes here. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. robb
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all begins...
Great album, top-notch songs and very satisfying. If you're a fan you need this in your collection. This is solid.
Published 15 months ago by Chris Francz
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gotta Love them Southern Boys
They have it all, good ole southern rock n roll. The music is fantastic-espically of Paula Deen's favorites. Good album. Buy it.
Published 15 months ago by C. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars GReat Service
I received my cd from Amazon promptly and it was in great condition.
Being an avid ABB fan, I am trying to replace a lot of the vinyl I have with cds.
Published 17 months ago by K. A. Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
My favorite cd in the Betts/haynes era. Not a bad song on it and i really like the Betts melodic tunes the most. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robert Marke
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