The Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters on Numbered-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
1973 Affair Introduces Southern Rock to Popular Parlance
Unrivaled Sonics: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Mobile
Fidelity Edition Provides Window Into What Transpired in Macon Studios
Dickey Betts Leads Group Through Mellower Country Rock, Pairs With Pianist Chuck Leavell: Chart-Topping Album Includes Smash "Ramblin' Man" and Favorites "Jessica" and "Southbound"
Brothers and Sisters is significant for myriad reasons. It's the first album the Allman Brothers Band made in its entirety after Duane Allman's death. It also came after bassist Berry Oakley's spookily similar passing, yet he appears on two of the songs. The 1973 set also marks the emergence of guitarist Dickey Betts as the collective's leader. And pianist Chuck Leavell's arrival. But more than anything else, the record remains noteworthy for its incredible soulfulness and completeness.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD of Brothers and Sisters joins the unparalleled reissue imprint's other Allman
titles in presenting the superlative ensemble's work in the most
lifelike, uncompromised fidelity possible in the digital format. Whether it's the
feather-light harmonic layering of the collective's background vocals,
echoing cavity of Leavell's gospel-tinted piano, skin-against-skin smack of Jaimoe's congas, or sweet dobro lines laid down by Betts, this version betters all previous digital pressings by bringing you, the listener, as close to the studio as any record feasibly can.
Having stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for five consecutive weeks, Brothers and Sisters constitutes the Allman Brothers Band's
biggest commercial triumph. Given the circumstances surrounding its
creation, such an accomplishment hardly seemed possible. Fresh from
licking their wounds over Duane's tragic motorcycle accident, the group experienced déjà vu when Oakley met the same fate just blocks away from where his mate was killed. Rather than collapse, the Allman Brothers Band tightened up and mellowed out, inviting Leavell to join instead of recruiting another guitarist.
What the sextet gets in return for its troubles is music that marks the
concrete beginnings of a form that soon become known as Southern rock. Leavell and Betts
exchange notes as if the pair has been trading ideas since they were
children. Slide guitars still tread over greasy grooves, yet the Allman Brothers Band digs deeper into country dirt, parlaying a twang anchored by Betts' picking and abetted by Gregg's
organic, shot-of-blues vocals. The laidback vibe manifests on the
signature "Ramblin' Man," a hit evocative of the record's breezy
melodies and friendly interplay.
The cover art further reveals the Allman Brothers Band's mindset. Golden,
tranquil, idyllic, Southern, loving: It's a paradise-longing view that
would soon come crashing down in the group's lives but one that, for the
duration and existence of Brothers and Sisters, remains gloriously undisturbed.
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The Allman Brothers Brothers and Sisters Track Listing:
- Wasted Words
- Ramblin' Man
- Come and Go Blues
- Jelly, Jelly
- Pony Boy