Brothers And Sisters [LP]
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, October 14, 1997
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Following Duane's traumatic passing, the band regained its bearings and soldiered on, with Duane's brother, singer/organist Gregg Allman, and guitarist/vocalist Dickey Betts now the lone axeman in an act famous for its dual-guitar fireworks-assuming more prominent roles in its direction. The musicians marshaled their strengths to make BROTHERS AND SISTERS their first album recorded completely without Duane a decisive creative rebirth as well as their best-selling release to date.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS bested the sales of At Fillmore East and Eat A Peach, spending five weeks at #1 and becoming the first Allman Brothers Band release to gain Platinum sales status.
Top Customer Reviews
Plane and simple--if you like the original album--you need to purchase this new edition of this classic album. All the good things in the original album are still here, but magnified several times over. The original album was a real test to see if the ABB would continue to make good, vital, exciting music. The answer was obvious on first listening to the original album. And now we have both studio and live tracks that add substantially to the original albums listening experience. With both Duane Allman and Berry Oakley gone, the core sound of the band shifted towards both Gregg Allman and Dickie Betts. Together they helped push the bands sound into something slightly different.
Nothing much needs to be said about the original album--it stands as a classic. But where things begin to get interesting is in the unheard studio tracks. Listen to a more laid back version of "Wasted Words". The slower tempo and Betts' slide guitar give this a tune a lighter feel. "Trouble No More" sounds more like a finished track than simply a rehearsal version. "One Way Out" is an instrumental--sounding like a backing track--but it has some typically fine Betts' guitar. "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town" combines Allman's jazzy organ and Betts' country inflected blues guitar. Allman gives this song one of his typically good blues vocals. This tune was used by the band to see if pianist Chuck Leavell would fit into the band--check out his playing and hear for yourself. The old Elmore James tune "Done Somebody Wrong" has no real surprises, but starting with this tune, all the rest of the tracks feature Lamar Williams on bass.Read more ›
I've been a fan since the beginning so I know my ABB. The previous reviews seem to be about the album's content which I won't dispute except to add that brother Richard Betts was an integral part of the band and can't be separated from their legacy. He influenced a generation of guitar players and has contributed some of the most amazing guitar solos in recording history. I just want to be clear that while some may have felt he stood somewhat in the shadow of brother Duane, I believe he certainly stands on his own as a great musician, singer and songwriter responsible for many of the Allman Brothers Band's best tunes and most memorable guitar lines.
What I mainly want to comment on here is the Remastered version of Brothers and Sisters. I was sorely disappointed in the sound quality as compared to the record album. Unfortunately, they "cleaned it up" to the detriment of the music. Here are the specific problems I spotted. The worst offense is the amount of emphasis inflicted on the vocals: it makes brother Gregg's vocal too bright and clean sounding (when he had probably just smoked an entire pack of cigs prior to cutting each track to get some more gravel in his voice as Cat Stevens used to do), and the same vocal-tinkering makes Dickey sound like a 12 year old boy, unlike the LP which is an accurate recording of how their voices sounded.
The other problems I have with this Remaster is the snare drum and cymbals are also sonically enhanced to the point of causing ear fatigue ... it stresses me out, man! The LP was mellower AND you could hear the tambourine. Also I miss the beautiful rumble of Chuck Leavell's honkytonk piano ... now all sparkly clean (and sounding more like a toy) on this Remaster.Read more ›
For a short time in late 1971-early 1972, the brothers carried on as a five piece band after Duane's death. Hiring another guitarist to replace Duane was out of the question, so Alabama pianist Chuck Leavell was brought on board. This was a gamble, but a brilliant move. Betts carried the burden as the only guitarist in a band heralded for its twin guitar attack. Chuck's piano gave the band a jazzier direction and harmonized with Bett's lead lines beautifully.
The brothers were recording Brothers And Sisters" when tragedy again struck-Berry Oakley was killed in a motorcycle crash similar to Duane's on November 11, 1972. Again the band moved forward, recruiting Lamar Williams, an old friend of drummer Jaimoe who impressed everyone during his audition.
"Brothers And Sisters" was recorded chronologically-"Wasted Words" and "Ramblin' Man" are the only two tracks from the original release to feature Oakley. On the remastered edition, the bass is heard to much greater advantage. Although "Brothers And Sisters" is far and away the best selling of the Brother's albums, quite a few listeners found the original mix to be "muddy".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From Ramblin Man to southbound and Jessica., this album from the brothers is truly a great one hey it's enough to make anybody lose control of their motor boat while Steering.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by johnny D
Brothers and Sisters was first released in August 1973 and marked a move to a more Country oriented direction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grateful Jerry
One of their best studio albums. The Allman Brothers are famous for their concerts but if you want a great studio album this is the best by The Allman Brothers BandPublished 4 months ago by Michael Heckenberger
Classic Allman Brothers following the tragic losses. The breadth of styles covered is also notable to me, everything from traditional southern rock to blues to root folk. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David H Paine