Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl!
Mastered from Original Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
Rolling Stone 2015 Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jam Bands: The Allman Brothers Rated 2nd!
1973 Affair Introduces Southern Rock to Popular Parlance
Unrivaled Sonics: 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. Its the first album the Allman Brothers Band made in its entirety after Duane Allmans death. It also came after bassist Berry Oakleys spookily similar passing, yet he appears on two of the songs. The 1973 set also marks the emergence of guitarist Dickey Betts as the collectives leader. And pianist Chuck Leavells arrival. But for than anything else, the record remains noteworthy for its incredible soulfulness and completeness.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on dead-quiet vinyl RTI, Mobile Fidelitys 180g LP of Brothers and Sisters joins the unparalleled reissue imprints other Allman titles in presenting the superlative ensembles work in the most lifelike, uncompromised fidelity possible. Whether its the feather-light harmonic layering of the collectives background vocals, echoing cavity of Leavells gospel-tinted piano, skin-against-skin smack of Jaimoes congas, or sweet dobro lines laid down by Betts, this version betters all previous 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 Bands biggest commercial triumph. Given the circumstances surrounding its creation, such an accomplishment hardly seemed possible. Fresh from licking their wounds over Duanes 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 Greggs organic, shot-of-blues vocals. The laidback vibe manifests on the signature Ramblin Man, a hit evocative of the records breezy melodies and friendly interplay.
The cover art further reveals the Allman Brothers Bands mindset. Golden, tranquil, idyllic, Southern, loving: Its a paradise-longing view that would soon come crashing down in the groups lives but one that, for the duration and existence of Brothers and Sisters, remains gloriously undisturbed.
Numbered, Limited Edition
Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 Grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI
1. Wasted Words
2. Ramblin Man
3. Come and Go Blues
4. Jelly, Jelly
7. Pony Boy