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Allman Brothers Reform For LP, Tour

Report by Richard Wootton, Melody Maker, 9 September 1978

THE FOUR SURVIVING members of the original Allman Brothers Band – Gregg Allman, Dickie Betts, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson – have reformed for ...

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Phil Walden (1971)

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Rock's Backpages audio, 1971

It's 1971, and the Allmans are on the rise, Jimmy Carter is in the Governor's Mansion, and Otis is four-years-dead: Capricorn man Phil Walden and pals look back at Otis, the MGs, and discuss race and the South with remarkable frankness.

File format: mp3; file size: 100.9mb, interview length: 1h 45' 03" sound quality: **

Capricorn Records' Phil Walden (1976)

Interview by Cliff White, Rock's Backpages audio, 1976

The Capricorn boss talks about his disillusion with soul music after management client Otis Redding's death; his move into white rock with the Allman Brothers Band; the attention brought to southern music as a result; the current state of the Allman Brothers Band; brother Gregg's problems; the Atlanta Rhythm Section; dropping Travis Wammack; Dobie Gray... and Bonnie Bramlett's new album Lady's Choice.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.6mb, interview length: 26' 38" sound quality: **½

The Allman Brothers Band's Butch Trucks (2002)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 27 May 2002

The white half of the Allman's drum duo looks back at the formation of the band, including the recruitment of a tricky Greg Allman; the marvellous two years that followed; the deaths, succesively, of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley; the crumbling of the band between '73 and '76, and its recent revival of fortunes following the departure of Dickey Betts.

File format: mp3; file size: 42.5mb, interview length: 46' 27" sound quality: ** (phoner)

The Allman Brothers Band's Gregg Allman (2002)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 27 May 2002

The other Allman Brother looks back at growing up with Duane; starting to play, and their influences; early bands, and the travails of the Allman Joys; rejoining his bro in Florida and forming the Brothers Band; being multi-racial and long haired in the South; the '70s and the post-Duane band; and solo albums, addiction and recovery.

File format: mp3; file size: 43.5mb, interview length: 47' 31" sound quality: ** (phoner)

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The Allman Brothers Band

Special Feature by Miller Francis Jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 19 May 1969

Upon first seeing the Allman Brothers Band, an interracial rock and roll band from the heart of segregated, reactionary Georgia not only calling themselves brothers, ...

Allman Brothers Band, Joe South, Mother Earth: Piedmont Music Festival, Atlanta

Live Review by Miller Francis Jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 27 October 1969

FRIDAY AFTERNOON was almost frightening — all those big names, the abruptness of the pop festival's appearance, the overall speculative nature of this ambitious musical ...

Mass Music: The Band, Allman Brothers, Tony Williams and Miles Davis

Review by Miller Francis Jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 8 December 1969

EACH OF the record albums discussed here could be termed a masterpiece worthy of a full-length "rave." But the Review format can often be nothing ...

Allman Bros., Ten Wheel Drive at the Whisky

Profile by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 24 January 1970

THE ALLMAN Bros. Band and Ten Wheel Drive, who will be co-featured at the Whisky A Go Go through Sunday, are respectable entries in their ...

The Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band

Review by Ben Edmonds, Fusion, 20 February 1970

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND has been causing somewhat of a commotion in the music world of late. They were the talk of the town during ...

On Disc: Singles Reviewed By John E. Abbey

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 29 March 1970


Santana, the Allman Brothers Band, the Insect Trust: A War On Rock

Report by Miller Francis Jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 30 March 1970

SANTANA AND the Allman Brothers Band flew right into a hornet's nest last week when they showed up to play at the Municipal Auditorium: there ...

Grateful Dead, Allman Bros. Band, Hampton Grease Band: Sports Arena, Atlanta

Live Review by Miller Francis Jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 16 May 1970

IF YOU WERE one of the few people who wasn't at the Sports Arena Sunday afternoon for the Grateful Dead concert, you've probably heard by ...

Getting Together With The Allman Brothers

Interview by June Harris, Hit Parader, September 1970

DUANE HIMSELF is the first to admit that his task with the Allman Brothers has been made easier by the success of the British blues-rock ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South (Atco Capricorn SD 33-342)

Review by Miller Francis Jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 9 November 1970

WHAT A RELIEF to hear the new Allman Brothers album! When they played in the park a few weeks ago, everything was beginning to sound ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Rapping with Duane Allman and Berry Oakley

Interview by Jon Tiven, New Haven Rock Press, Winter 1970

DUANE ALLMAN and Berry Oakley are respectively, the guitarist and bassist for the Allman Brothers Band. Between shows at University of New Haven, I got ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South (Atco, stereo. Super. 2400, 032, 42s 6d)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 23 January 1971

Bros across the ocean ...

Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South (Atco)

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 30 January 1971

A HAPPY and clean sound kicked off with the unison guitars of Duane Allman and Dicky Betts on 'Revival'. ...

The Allman Brothers Band: What Southern Boys Can Do With Rock

Profile and Interview by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 February 1971

THE SOUTH is the fatherland of rock. Though not specifically indigenous to that area, rock's basic roots are steeped in the musical lore and tradition ...

Duane Allman

Interview by Jon Tiven, ZigZag, 19 April 1971

ZZ: When did the Allman Brothers decide to be a band rather than just session men? ...

Top Tunes: The Allman Brothers Band

Interview by Michael Oberman, Evening Star, The (Washington DC), 7 August 1971

SOME BANDS are meant to be recorded live, outside of the somewhat sterile studio environment and in front of an audience. ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East (Atlantic)

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, 18 September 1971

QUESTION: GIVEN 76 minutes 26 seconds of the day to do sweet flaming all, what would you do (a) attend one and a bit funerals ...

The Allman Brothers Band, Elvin Bishop: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 9 October 1971

Driving Blues Into Your Soul ...

Allman Brothers Band: At Fillmore East (Atlantic T659005, £3.45)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 13 November 1971

WITH THE current output of albums at saturation point, it is extremely hard for a reviewer to devote more than just one brief hearing to ...

Allman Brothers: Duane is dead, but his spirit lives on everytime the band goes on stage

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 22 April 1972

TALKING TO the Allman Brothers at their overnight camp in a palatial hotel in Hollywood, it soon became obvious that everyone still thinks and talks ...

Fanny: Fanny Hill (Reprise)/The Allman Brothers Band: Eat A Peach (Capricorn)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, May 1972

FANNY'S previous album. Charity Ball, may not have been the best album of the last eight months, but it was probably the one I played ...

Snapshots of the South: The Allman Brothers and Capricorn Records

Profile and Interview by Ben Edmonds, Creem, November 1972

MAKING AN AIR APPROACH to Atlanta is like diving into a monstrous tossed salad. The land below is a fluffy carpet of complimentary greens which ...

The Allman Brothers: A Rock Tragedy

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

WHEN BERRY Oakley died two hours after crashing his motorcycle on November 11, another chapter was added to the succession of tragedy which seems to ...

Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter Group, Mahavishnu Orchestra et al : Rock & Roll Nine, Hollywood FLA

Live Review by Jim Esposito, Rock, 26 February 1973

ALMOST EVERYTHING about Rock & Roll Nine was good in some ways and bad in others. Celebrated on an isolated raceway in the swampy boondocks ...

Allman Brothers, Wet Willie: Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio

Live Review by Richard Riegel, Phonograph Record, March 1973

DON'T KNOW how it is up in those choice stageside seats you pro critics reputedly get your asses greased with, but auditing a rock concert ...

Duane Allman: An Anthology (Warner/Capricorn)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, March 1973

PEOPLE WHO get this record in order to have a testament to one of the generation’s finest musicians will find that they have taken home ...

Allman Brothers Band, the Band, the Grateful Dead: Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen, NY

Live Review by John Swenson, The Village Voice, 9 August 1973

It was about music too ...

The Allman Brothers: Brothers And Sisters

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

IT MUST have been just at the point where the Grateful Dead has started to tarnish their once peeless charisma as the magic band that ...

The Allmans are to America now what the Grateful Dead were in '67

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 25 August 1973

NOBODY TALKS at all about the deaths. Gregg seems too spacey, anyway, detached and oblivious behind his shades; maybe a few brief nods of acknowledgement ...

Hot Off The Wire: The Allman Brothers Soar On

Report by uncredited writer, Creem, September 1973

It's not just survival. It's a way of life. ...

Allman Explosion

Report by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

IT'S THE speed of the thing that's been most memorable – the way the Brothers And Sisters album literally exploded across North America. Within the ...

Capricorn Bar BQ: Bill Graham Plays Ball In Macon

Report by Arthur Levy, Zoo World, 13 September 1973

WOULD YOU drive 600 miles through the midsummer heat of Florida and Georgia to scoff some free rubs and red hot chicken at the Allman ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Brothers and Sisters

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 27 September 1973

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND's magic has always existed mainly on the concert stage, where it can engage its audience casually and cumulatively. The band's image, ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Brothers And Sisters (Capricorn CP0111)

Review by Arthur Levy, Zoo World, 27 September 1973

UNTIL ABOUT two years ago the Allman Brothers Band existed in a vacuum whose bounds were conveniently defined by the Mason-Dixon line. Before them was ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 29 September 1973

Allmans: hot rockers ...

Gregg Allman

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 26 January 1974

GREGG ALLMAN picked up an old Gibson acoustic guitar and allowed his nimble fingers to slide over the six new strings. He tuned it and ...

The Rock Lovers

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, February 1974

Being a rock star has its advantages, but the spotlight is usually only big enough for one person. Circus took a behind stage look at ...

Southern Rock: Under The Sign Of Capricorn

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 2 February 1974

DOWN ON COTTON Avenue in Macon, Georgia, lie the offices of Capricorn Records, slotted between a funeral parlour and a beauty salon that's anything but ...

The Allman Bros. Band: Dead Or Alive?

Essay by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 2 February 1974


Allman Brothers Band: Leavell Headed Allman

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 16 February 1974

PIANIST CHUCK Leavell is the least heralded member of the Allman Brothers Band, a musician first and a talker second. ...

Macon Georgia

Report and Interview by Ritchie Yorke, ZigZag, March 1974

THIS HUGE OLD Southern mansion has seen much better days. The dozen giant columns which surrounded it are flecked by peeling paint, grimly revealing the ...

Music on TV

Report by Marty Cerf, Phonograph Record, April 1974

IN CONCERT, Midnight Special and Rock Concert will herald mutations, they'll create new music concepts after they themselves are long retired. Dick Clark foresees pop ...

Letter from Britain: Something Might Happen

Report by Ian MacDonald, Creem, November 1974

SITUATION UNCHANGED. Still hanging on in here, waiting for something to happen. (Wait — was that a heart-grazing lobe-grinder of a new single from Mick, ...

The South Gon' Rise Again

Overview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

"Oh yeah, who says?" asks a sceptical ROY CARR who, after swigging hard on the Confederacy's brew of Redneck Rebel Rock, remains stubbornly unintoxicated. ...

R.I.P. Giants – The Dead Certs

Overview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 25 January 1975

How dying can be a good career move. ...

Allman Brothers Band: Win, Lose or Draw

Review by Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, October 1975

The Allman Brothers haven't been behaving at all like one of the two or three biggest draws in rock & roll. From the lack of ...

Beat The Devil: The Allman Brothers

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, December 1975

There is a land of the livingand a land of the deadand the bridge is love,the only survival, the only meaning ...

Elected! Rock and US Politics

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 13 November 1976

After Jimmy Carter's victory in the U.S. Presidential elections, Chris Charlesworth in New York investigates the role of rock in American politics... ...

The Death Of The Allman Brothers Band

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Swank, 1977

LOOK INTO THE EYES of the citizens of Macon, Georgia, and the creeping fear shines through like a beacon. Eyes widen, then scrunch down to ...

The Allman Brothers: Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, 14 February 1977

I MAY BE DEFICIENT but somehow I feel grateful for the existence of this Allman Brothers album. Unlike the sodden Win, Lose or Draw, which ...

Rhett Butler After The Fall: Dickey Betts Brushes Himself Off...

Interview by Robert Duncan, Creem, March 1977

MY PERMANENT mental image of Dickey Betts comes from a photo taken on the last Allman Brothers Band tour, in which he has short hair, ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 2 June 1979

THE CROWD is going apeshit. A five-figure bunch of America's Finest with cowboy hats and beer bellies are whooping it up like it's New Year's ...

Tucker Band Keeps Southern Rock Alive

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 27 June 1982

SPARTANBURG IS a mill town of 50,000 nestled in the hills of western South Carolina. All six members of the Marshall Tucker Band grew up ...

The Allman Brothers: Dream

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1989

THE STORY OF The Allman Brothers Band has been one of the great epics of rock 'n' roll, replete with all the Homeric ingredients of ...

The Allman Brothers: Seven Turns

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Vox, October 1990

LAST YEAR'S EPIC DREAMS boxed set satisfactorily covered the full history of these good ol' Southern boys and their particular brand of rock 'n' blues. ...

Woodstock II: Sodden Life Is Rubbish

Report by John Harris, New Musical Express, 27 August 1994

Take 250,000 hippy children (Please! — Ed) and baby boomers reliving the 'glories' of the '60s, stick them in a sea of mud and charge ...

The South Rises Again: The Improbable Return of Redneck Rock

Overview by Robert Gordon, Creem, 1995

Robert Gordon on Capricorn Records and the Southern Rock Revival ...

The Allman Brothers: 2nd Set (Epic) ***½; Gov't Mule: Gov't Mule (Relativity) ***

Review by John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 29 June 1995

THE ALLMAN Brothers Band live on because live performance is what they're about. The call of the road and the thrill of collective improvisation are ...

The Allman Brothers Band: Men Behaving Badly

Book Review by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, August 1995

Midnight Riders: The Story Of The Allman Brothers Band Scott Freeman (Little Browne) ...

Fathers and Sons: The Allmans

Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, 11 November 1999

  THE STORY of the Allman Brothers Band is one of the most glorious and the most tragic in rock. On this year's tour, celebrating the ...

Crowe's Nest: Film Festival becomes Almost Famous for its 25th anniversary

Interview by Noe Gold, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 September 2000

Director Cameron Crowe presented his poetically autobiographical Almost Famous to the Toronto International Film Festival at a world premiere gala screening in the Roy Thomson ...

Song O' The South: How the Allman Brothers made a Redneck Negress out of me

Special Feature by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

AN UNORTHODOX daughter of Dixie, born in the year of their classic Fillmore East live album, my life truly began when I heard the exotic, ...

Southern Men: The Long Tall Saga of the Allman Brothers Band

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 2002

"THIS AIN’T NO fashion show," Duane Allman liked to say. "We came here to play." It was a mission statement that summed up what his ...

Alabama Shakes: The Saga of Southern Rock

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, The Guardian, 6 April 2012

IT WAS ONLY a matter of time before BBC4 green-lit a Friday night documentary about the sub-genre Southern Rock. The subject is irresistible to connoisseurs ...

Crossroads Guitar Festival: Madison Square Garden, New York

Live Review by Alan Light,, April 2013

Two nights. Nine-and-a-half hours. Thirty-three guitar players (more or less). Ninety-one songs. ...

Alan Paul: One Way Out – The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band (St. Martin's Press)

Book Review by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 18 March 2014

MAKE NO MISTAKE. While only two of the six original members of the Allman Brothers Band were actual biological siblings, the fraternal ties of Duane ...

Southern Rock Gets a New Bible in Southbound

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 5 September 2014

WHILE THERE are plenty of musicians, record collectors and journos who will argue (as only musicians, record collectors and journos can) that all rock is ...

Gregg Allman

Retrospective by Alan Light, MOJO, September 2017

IT WAS the final show the Allman Brothers Band would ever play. On October 28, 2014 the group made its last appearance at the Beacon ...

see also Duane Allman

see also Gregg Allman

see also Dickey Betts

see also Phil Walden


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