ARTIST: The Allman Brothers Band
TITLE: The Allman Brothers Band
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: #188
SINGLES: Black Hearted Woman
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Dreams, Whipping Post
LINEUP: Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley, Jai Johanny Johanson, Butch Trucks
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Southern blues rock band releases debut to a mild reception.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Coming together quickly in 1969, The Allman Brothers Band emerged as the lead band for a southern rock label distributed by Atlantic. Moving quickly, the band played live and practiced constantly, and recorded and released a record about eight months after first getting together.
The powerhouse band that would emerge isn’t fully formed here. Of the seven tracks, just “Dreams” and “Whipping Post” were better than okay, and they closed the album. However, those two tracks were absolutely vital, and let people know that the Allman Brothers were a band to watch – especially when Gregg Allman’s songwriting improved.
Duane Allman is the star as his solo in “Dreams” is magical, and his studio experience in Muscle Shoals is apparent. It’s not their best record, but it’s a decent first look at what would become, by 1971, a legend.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Gregg Allman wasn’t the first vocalist / organist of the group when it formed in March of 1969, but he joined soon after.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with two mixes, the first mix that the band disliked, and a new mix done in 1973.
GRADE B: “Dreams” and “Whipping Post” are touchstones of blues rock and Southern rock.