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Editors’ Notes

It's hard to believe now, but in 1969 The Allman Brothers Band were kids, really. But here they play like a seasoned crew, giving their rock and Southern blues an eerie gospel groove and a freeform jazzy feel. And you can hear in their playing the respect they have for all the musicians who'd passed before them. This self-titled debut opens with a rousing version of The Spencer Davis Group instrumental “Don’t Want You Know More” and flows effortlessly into Gregg Allman’s wise-beyond-his-22-years testimonial “It’s Not My Cross to Bear.” They sound like two sides of the same song: not in structure or chord changes, but in some darkly Southern way, like a soundtrack to a William Gay story. The set features future concert staples “Whipping Post” and the beautiful, waltz-timed “Dreams”—two songs that are equal parts tragedy and melancholy and foreshadow the band’s character for years to come. Helmed by Atlantic house producer Adrian Barber (Cream, The Bee Gees), this album introduces the classic and best lineup of The Allman Brothers Band, which here really does sound like a brotherhood. That sound just can’t be faked.

Customer Reviews

One of the greatest albums of all time

i'm so glad i-tunes finally put this one up. easily one of the allman brothers best works; this is just as good as idlewild south or even eat a peach, even if it is short on jams. contains the biggger songs 'whipping post', the jazzy 'dreams' and the studio version of their great cover of muddy water's 'trouble no more', which i almost like better than the live version. the lesser known songs like 'it's not my cross to bear' and 'every hungry woman' are equally as compelling however; they are brimming with tough blues-rock grit and energy.

The Allman Brothers Band

I lived in Atlanta (The Big Peach) in the 70's, The Allman Brothers would play free concerts in Piedmont Park on the weekends.
AHHH the Good Old Days! This debut album was the anthem of the kids that frequented 10th and Peachtree. If you are a fan of Southern Rock/Blues it's a must have. As a Lifeguard at Myrtle Beach in the late 60's we turned-on the Northern kids to this album, along with "Grits". They liked the album, the Grits, not so much.

Iconic debut.

Put on a new face.
Climb down from the mountain.


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...
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