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Album Review

The group's follow-up to their comeback album is a major step forward, with more mature songs, more improvisation than the group had featured in their work since the early '70s, and more confidence than they'd shown since Brothers and Sisters. It's all here, from acoustic bottleneck playing ("Come on in My Kitchen") to jazz improvisation ("Kind of Bird"), with the most reflective songwriting ("Nobody Knows") in their history.

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A lot of people point to "Seven Turns" as being the ABB comeback album, but over time it's clear that album is a little inconsistent and dated. When "Shades Of Two Worlds" was released in 1991 it was clear to me then, and now, that THIS is the album that redefined the ABB. It was a return to the traditional sound, but it was new and fresh, and it would propel them in new direction for the next decade. There isn't a bad track on the album, and when I listen to it today, over 20 years after its release, the sound is still as fresh as it was then. There is nothing dated about it, or anything that would make you think, "Oh that's so late 80's early 90's sounding." Until very recently this album wasn't even available for download, and I had to by a used copy on CD a couple of years ago since my original copy is a cassette. If you're thinking of picking and choosing songs to download, don't bother. Just buy the whole thing. You'll be glad you did. Dickey Betts and Warren Haynes are coming into their own as a two guitar unit on this album, and Marc Quinones appears on percussion as a guest player throughout. And my God...Allen Woody's driving bass is simply awesome in Nobody Knows. This a great companion album with "Back Where It All Begins" since the songs, and sound are so consistently alike on both of them. If you want to know where to start listening to the ABB after the Duane Allman/Berry Oakley years, start here. This is what I call ABB 2.0.

Back In Print!

My favorite of the 90's studio trilogy (incl Seven Turns & Where It All Begins.) Best album since Brothers & Sisters, dare I say better. Rock, blues, jazz, and good ol' acoustic delta blues. "Kind Of Bird" alone is worth the entire purchase. Get the entire album, though. Not a weak tune on this one.

One of my favorite albums.

I was shocked that I could never find this anywhere. Great music by an amazing band. Do yourself a favor and buy this whole album.


Formed: 1969 in Macon, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The story of the Allman Brothers Band is one of triumph, tragedy, redemption, dissolution, and more redemption. Since their beginning in the late '60s, they went from being America's single most influential band to a shell of their former self trading on past glories, to reach the 21st century resurrected as one of the most respected rock acts of their era. For the first half of the '70s, the Allman Brothers Band was the most influential rock group in America, redefining rock music and its boundaries....
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