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Album Review

After a year of personal and personnel problems, the Allman Brothers Band got back together to record the surprisingly consistent live-in-the-studio venture Where It All Begins. It lacks the ambition and stretch of Seven Turns or Shades of Two Worlds, along with their peaks, but it is still a solidly consistent album, driven by some of the virtues of live spontaneity. Highlights include Gregg Allman's frank drug song "All Night Train," the Bo Diddley-beat-driven "No One to Run With," and the glorious dual-guitar workout "Back Where It All Begins."

Customer Reviews


Underrated album. I am amazed that the iTunes "liner notes" laud "Seven Turns" and "Shades of Two Worlds" ahead of this album. For me, those two albums are definitely the sound of a reincarnated Allman Brothers Band... the new version that came after Duane's death and the various troubles that followed. Since they are my favorite group, I love those albums, but... When I heard "Where It All Begins" I thought, "Yeah! They HAVE gone back to where it all began." I really thought they reestablished themselves as a great, iconic American band with this album. It was a new version of the original Allman Brothers Band sound, artistry, layered power and jamability. It was like they held a seance in the studio and the spirit of Duane and all the old feelings... sat in on the session! Temptation Is a Gun, Mean Woman Blues are good songs... but the rest are GREAT songs with probably the first five cuts rising to the top of that heap. How does it possibly get any better than the "title" track... where else do you find a song like that on an album in the '90's? More than a collection of great songs... this album has SOUL!!!

iTunes reviews cannot capture what occurred...

This is the album that brought the band from near death obscurity into a modern, touring jam-band with a worldwide following. Instead of moving on when Duane and Berry died, the band stagnated in drugs and depression. This is the album that brought the band back to life. PERIOD. The ITunes review says. "... after a year of personal and personnel problems..." HA! try a decade of issues!!! The glaring omission was that this was the first real foray into revitalizing the once legenday group with REAL players who could capture the spirit of what Duane and Berry Oakley broght to the band. Sure the Toler brothers and Zakk Wylde were weird and somewhat interesting additions to the group in the 80's, but NOTHING could come close to what Warren Haynes and Allen Woody brought to the group. Look at the amazing Gov't Mule that was spawned from the late night, on the road discussions of these two brand new members of the band. If not for this album, the modern American Jam band scene would not exist the way it does today and the Allman Brothers as a touring band would not exist period. If you're a new convert and have just seen your first show, this is the root of the amazing interplay that Warren and now Derek bring to the band. Buy this and you will see, 1995 was an excellent vintage. This is, after all, "...where is all begins..." again.

Where it all begins

Great album and my first exposure to the Allman's was this album -- '95 was an amazing year.


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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