Southern Rockers' Fifth Studio Album is Rock-Hard & Crisp! Includes "Ramblin' Man", "Jessica", "Southbound", "Pony Boy" & More!
The Critically Acclaimed Classic Album!
Rolling Stone 2015 Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jam Bands: The Allman Brothers Rated 2nd!
Brothers and Sisters is the fifth album by The Allman Brothers Band, released in 1973. The group's first album recorded completely after the death of leader Duane Allman, and mostly after the death of bassist Berry Oakley, Brothers and Sisters saw the Allmans reach a commercial peak. The album logged five weeks at #1 on the U.S. albums chart, and moreover contained their only hit single, Dickey Betts' country-tinged "Ramblin' Man", which climbed to #2 on the U.S. singles chart. Betts, billed as Richard on this album, came to the forefront by also writing the album's other most prominent tracks, the buoyant instrumental "Jessica", the FM radio-friendly "Southbound" (sung by Gregg Allman), and the country blues hybrid "Pony Boy". The group's sound was also somewhat different, with new pianist Chuck Leavell acting as the other lead instrument instead of the band's former trademark dual lead guitars.
The front album cover features a photograph of Vaylor Trucks, the son of drummer Butch Trucks. The back cover features a photograph of Brittany Oakley, the daughter of bassist Berry Oakley. The album's inner gatefold cover art originally featured a large photograph of the extended Allmans family band members, roadies, wives, girlfriends, children, dogs, all in a seemingly idyllic, long-haired, multi-racial Southern setting a setting that would be rent asunder by internal frictions and outside developments over the next few years.
"The tracks appear on the album in the order in which they were recorded, and the first three, up through 'Ramblin' Man,' feature Berry Oakley -- their sound is rock-hard and crisp. The subsequent songs with Williams have the bass buried in the mix, and an overall muddier sound. The interplay between Leavell and Betts is beautiful on some songs, and Betts' slide on 'Pony Boy' is a dazzling showcase that surprised everybody... [I]t served as a template for some killer stage performances, and it proved that the band could survive the deaths of two key members." - Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
"The Allman Brothers Band combined deeply Southern strains of music blues, country, and gospel with boisterous rock & roll and their jazzy, jam-oriented style. Thus they created the 'New South' sound, drafting a template to be used for decades by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band to My Morning Jacket and the Drive-By Truckers." - Rolling Stone
Re-mastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes
1. Wasted Words
2. Ramblin' Man
3. Come and Go Blues
4. Jelly Jelly
7. Pony Boy