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The Allman Brothers Band – 5 Classic Albums

Album Review

The good ol’ boys, never meaning no harm, all boxed up

Where do blues and country music meet? Why, with The Allman Brothers Band, a group whose trajectory took in fame and tragedy long before they achieved classic rock status. Here’s their best work, in a box...

Fresh, raw and bursting with energy, The Allman Brothers Band (7/10) was released in 1969 and showcases a band with everything to prove. That said, the sublime guitar solos from Duane Allman and Dickey Betts – as well as the organ textures laid down by Gregg Allman – revolve around subtlety rather than youthful showing off: there’s maturity here. The seven-minute Dreams is the core of the album, although you have to admire the whippersnapper cojones of Black Hearted Woman and Whipping Post.

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