33 Songs, 4 Hours 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rather than implode after the accidental motorcycle deaths of both 24-year-old guitar hero/bandleader Duane Allman (in 1971) and bassist Barry Oakley (in 1972), The Allman Brothers rose, phoenix-like, on their most commercially successful album. Greg Allman’s voice had tellingly developed its world-weary tenor, while guitarist Richard “Dickey” Betts stepped up with some countrified stunners (including the huge “Ramblin’ Man,” the lovely instrumental “Jessica,” and the acoustic blues-popper “Pony Boy”). New member Chuck Leavell’s ivory-tickling boogie and swing beautifully accented the bittersweet pop, aching blues, and jammy shuffles (efforts that led him to The Rolling Stones). This expanded edition collects outtakes, demos, and beautifully longwinded rehearsals (hear Allman’s mind-blowing recharge of Ray Charles’ “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town”), plus a badass 1973 concert from San Francisco’s Winterland that not only demonstrates how The Allman Brothers had long mastered the rock-as-transcendence stoner vibe but that they were America’s biggest and best link to its own jazz, blues, rock ’n’ roll, and soul.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rather than implode after the accidental motorcycle deaths of both 24-year-old guitar hero/bandleader Duane Allman (in 1971) and bassist Barry Oakley (in 1972), The Allman Brothers rose, phoenix-like, on their most commercially successful album. Greg Allman’s voice had tellingly developed its world-weary tenor, while guitarist Richard “Dickey” Betts stepped up with some countrified stunners (including the huge “Ramblin’ Man,” the lovely instrumental “Jessica,” and the acoustic blues-popper “Pony Boy”). New member Chuck Leavell’s ivory-tickling boogie and swing beautifully accented the bittersweet pop, aching blues, and jammy shuffles (efforts that led him to The Rolling Stones). This expanded edition collects outtakes, demos, and beautifully longwinded rehearsals (hear Allman’s mind-blowing recharge of Ray Charles’ “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town”), plus a badass 1973 concert from San Francisco’s Winterland that not only demonstrates how The Allman Brothers had long mastered the rock-as-transcendence stoner vibe but that they were America’s biggest and best link to its own jazz, blues, rock ’n’ roll, and soul.

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