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The 3CD, Super Deluxe adds 12 tracks not included on the original release. Bonus tracks are a combination of live tracks, studio cuts and outtakes. The entire album is also available in 5.1 Surround Sound on the Blu-Ray plus additional tracks. The Allman Brothers' second album, is a mixture of chunky grooves and sophisticated textures. It showcases both Gregg Allman's and Dickey Betts' skills as songwriters. This classic album includes the hit 'Midnight Rider.'
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The sonics on this Allman Brothers CD shows how good they really were at this time in their careers. I am not exaggerating in saying that listening to this CD is akin to listening to the master tape itself. Gregg's voice is the best it has ever sounded at this time and it truly shows. Each and every instrument is heard as accurately as I've ever heard them. Of course, the thing I, like most folks looking at purchasing this CD was looking forward to was Duane Allman's guitar playing. Well, I can tell you that you absolutely won't be disappointed one little bit. This CD, remastered as well as it is, shows off Duane's masterful guitar playing like you've dreamed of. You hear every string pluck and every melodic riff in all their glory, from this guitar player extraordinaire, who was taken from this earth far too soon.
Lastly, while it doesn't matter much to me, this is a truly stripped down remaster/reissue CD, for those of you who are looking for extras. There are no extras of any kind here and the packaging could not be more basic.
However, that being said, if you're seeking a killer remastering of this fine album, at an absolutely ridiculously low price, then this CD is definitely for you. If so, buy this CD NOW!
This classic album was ABB's second and like the first, it didn't set the record world on fire. That would be the next one, "At Fillmore East" and "Eat a Peach" after that. That said, this is as good as it gets and this hi-rez 96kHz 24-bit Blu Ray is the bees knees. There are also 5.1 surround options in both DTS-HD Master Audio AND DolbyTruHD AND a lossless PCM stereo mix. I've listened to all 3 and they are all well-engineered. The Blu Ray has one fewer song than CD 1 included with this package. It is a 2:40 mono version of "Revival (Love Is Everywhere)." The songs on this playlist are familiar to AAB fans and include 2 versions of the Dickie Betts penned "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." One runs 6:55 but the one I like is the alternate take which runs 8:17. It is slowed down a bit and a little more laid back. Barry Oakley's electric bass is more prominent here as well. There is an interesting story regarding this song. Betts wrote it at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA. next to a grave marker dedicated to Elizabeth Reed. At the time, Betts was having an affair with Boz Scaggs' girlfriend and "was trying to capture her spirit in the music." For obvious reasons he couldn't name it for her. The album includes the original group with Duane Allman and Betts on guitars, Gregg on keys and vocals, Oakley on bass and vocals on Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man," Jai Johanny Johanson on percussion, Butch Trucks on drums and Thom Doucette on harmonica and percussion. The album was recorded at their Georgia hideout they nicknamed "Idlewild South" after the former NYC airport now known as JFK. Great album, great sound.
This is a traditional CD version of the above and includes one extra track, “Revival.” The CD sounds great but is no match for the Blu Ray in terms of dynamics.
This remastered disc is part of the "Idelwild South" package. While it was recorded in April of 1970, it wasn't released in album form until 1991. This version is cleaned up and has few anomalies. It includes a fine version of Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man," which concludes this disc and is a natural break in the live show. The show continues on Disc 3.
This disc contains only 2 tracks which end the Ludlow Show from 1970. Both have become classics and both are a great listen. "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" is perhaps my favorite ABB track and runs a healthy 15 minutes here. It is followed by a 45 minute version of "Mountain Jam"! A great hour of listening.
A couple of points to note. The Allman Brothers were labeled Southern Rock and when hearing the songs separately (on the radio for instance) it's fairly easy to agree; however, after listening to this album in it's entirety, what Greg Allman said in an interview many years ago certainly rings true - the Allman Brothers were a blues band, or at least the first incarnation of the band was. One other point I'd like to make is that Duane Allman was a team player and this album reflects that. I don't think he was ever worried about who plays guitar better. In fact, the entire band were a team that was hard to beat when it came to rockin' the blues.