Brothers and Sisters
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, October 14, 1997
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Their only #1 LP, a platinum seller with the Allmans' all-time biggest hit, the #2 smash Ramblin' Man . Dickey Betts-and a country-tinged sound-began asserting themselves here; also: Jessica; Southbound; Wasted Words , and more!
Their first full studio album without guitarist Duane, 1973's Brothers and Sisters doesn't match what came before it but would probably be considered a masterpiece if it came from most other bands. The Allman(s) move away from their rougher blues rock toward a groovier Southern rock, a shift that reflects the increased influence of Dickey Betts and new pianist Chuck Leavell. Betts contributes chestnuts such as "Ramblin' Man," "Southbound," and the classic instrumental "Jessica," plus the acoustic finale "Pony Boy," which showcases his work on Dobro. Gregg's impact is not nearly what it once was, although his "Come and Go Blues" and "Jelly Jelly" hit the mark. Original bassist Berry Oakley passed away during these sessions and is heard on just two cuts. --Marc Greilsamer
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One thing that bothers me. "Jelly Jelly," a cover, is credited to Gregg Allman. On the original record, it was credited to Trade Martin. Wikipedia credits it to Billy Eckstine and Earl Hines, whose 1941 recording predates Trade Martin AND Gregg Allman. Proper credit wasn't given the first time, now they're denying it's a cover tune at all.
Other than that, I'd recommend this CD.
With Chuck Leavall on keyboards, the jamming sounds a lot like the Miles Davis Band of the time - nice - really Chuck was awesome addition -
But to me, the real star is Dickey Betts - Anybody who has forgotten why he is such a legendary player, singer, song writer, etc. needs to go back to these records - he is all over it in ways a lot of other musicians can't touch to this day - Fabulous guitar playing - Thanks Dickey - very inspirational -
Far out --