Allman Brothers Band
"Brothers And Sisters"
September 09 - 15, 2018
Year of Release: 1973
Come And Go Blues
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The Allman Brothers Band returns with the fourth album of their career, Brohters And Arms, and the one song from this album is possibly the
first song everyone would mention: "Ramblin' Man." Unfortunately, brother Duane Allman never did see the popularity of this classic hit, as he was
killed in an motorcycle accident, on October 29, 1971. He was 24 years old. The Allman Brothers Band's other rememberances were the Fillmore East
concert (which Duane had been alive). The double album of the concert and their Eat A Peach album focused on this concert, as many would recognize
Duane's incredible talent as a guitarist. He would also be a member of Derek & The Domioes, with Eric Clapton. Yet with the "Ramblin' Man"
classic from Brothers ANd Sisters there would be two other songs that most would remember, that is, if they had their Best Of/Greatest Hits
compilations: "Southbound" and the classic instrumental, "Jessica'." Although life went on without Duane, brother Gregg Allman would
continue the band's legacy after Duane's death, and quite honestly, any Best Of/Greatest Hits compilation is not complete. Their original albums would
create great incredible music for the band.
Looking at the other remaining album tracks, "Waswted Words" sounds more like another (great) band from the Allman's era, Savoy Brown.
Yet the distinguished style of their music and Gregg Allman's vocals is easily idenitified with "Come And Go Blues." And the Blues would be
greatly performed by the Allmans' on "Jelly Jelly." "Pony Boy" sounds a bit more ROckabilly. With the three well-known tracks mentioned
earlier, Brothers And Sisters is finally reviewed as a great Southern Rock album.
Enjoying their Best Of/Greatest Hits compilations is one thing, especially those just discovering the music of the Allman Brothers Band. But for those
who grew up listening to them, like myself, it's best to listen to the songs you really never heard on the radio, and discovering them. Southern Rock was
a huge genre for me, when I was growing up. The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Marshall TUcker Band were three bands heavily played while
I was growing up. Their music never gets old, many decades later. Gregg Allman passed away in 2017. Yet he still recorded with his band, and on his own
until the very end. His music as a solo artist was more recognized, and some of his albums reached #1 on the Blues Albums chart. A great accomplishment in
his later and final years. Although the band never had a #1 hit (and "Ramblin' Man" should have been). However, the album "Ramblin' Man'
appeared from, did reach the Billboard Albums chart (5 weeks). It would have been great to see more #1's from the Allman Brothers Band, whether they would
have been other songs to reach #1, and likewise more #1 albums.
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