The Allman Brothers Band Brothers And Sisters on LP
The Allman Brothers Band's mix of down-home groove and instrumental virtuosity, blues-drenched soul, guitar-driven rock, and dedication to all-night jamming, laid the groundwork for what became known as the Southern Rock movement. You can date it from March of 1969, when Florida-raised guitarist Duane Allman left Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where he'd established himself as an in-demand session player on recordings by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, King Curtis and Boz Scaggs, among others.
Seeking to form his own dream band, Allman recruited bassist Berry Oakley and guitarist Dickey Betts from a Jacksonville, Florida band called the Second Coming. He also tapped not one but two drummers: the R&B veteran Jaimoe, who had worked with Otis Redding, Joe Tex, and Percy Sledge, and Butch Trucks, late of a Jacksonville folk-rock group, the 31st Of February. Hammond B-3 organist and lead vocalist Gregg Allman had recorded two albums with brother Duane as part of the L.A.-based Hourglass, and was developing into one of the finest white blues singers of all time.
The Allman Brothers Band's sonic trademarks were all in place by the time their self-titled debut album was released in 1969. Driven by the relentless propulsion of Jaimoe and Butch, Gregg's bluesy keyboard comping, and Berry's deep, melodic bass lines, Duane Allman and Dickey Betts crafted a unique twin lead guitar approach that took its cues from jazz horn players (particularly Miles Davis and John Coltrane) as well as the harmonized fiddle lines of Western swing and bluegrass. Together, they rewrote the rulebook on how rock guitarists could play together, and paved the way for every two - and even three-guitar band that would follow their path.
On their first four recordings - The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South, At The Fillmore East, and Eat A Peach - the ABB perfected a sound that effortlessly combined rock, blues, country, and jazz on such unforgettable original tunes as "Dreams," "Revival," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed." By 1971, they were poised for superstardom.
Brothers and Sisters is significant for a myriad of 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 eerily 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. More than anything else, Brothers And Sisters remains noteworthy for its incredible soulfulness. Topping the Billboard charts for five consecutive weeks, Brothers and Sisters constitutes the Allman’s biggest commercial triumph and is highlighted by one of the band's signature tunes “Ramblin’ Man.”
The Allman Brothers Band Brothers And Sisters Track Listing:
1. Wasted Words
2. Ramblin’ Man
3. Come and Go Blues
4. Jelly, Jelly
7. Pony Boy