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Tributes to fallen icons dont come any more poignant or illustrative than Eat a Peach. Released in early 1972, slightly more than three months after guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident, the double album honors the musician via sides he recorded in the studio as well as several live performances that didnt fit on the mammoth At Fillmore East. The Allman Brothers Band, determined to press on, also contributes a trio of songs completed after their soulmates passing. Its execution is near perfect, its concept timeless.
In all probability, the Allman Brothers Band wouldve leapt to the fore of musics commercial and critical elite had it not been for Duanes fateful motorcycle accident that altered history and the trajectory of the groups course. A statement of purpose and homage, Eat a Peach extends the guitarists legacy in the form of three heart-racing live tunes recorded at Fillmore East, none more important than the nearly 34-minute harmonic showcase Mountain Jam. Begun at the end of Whipping Post during the final show of the groups four-gig stand, the tour de force improvisation finds the band at the peak of its telepathic aural and communicative capacities.
Not that the three studio originals with Duane are by any means forgettable. Blue Sky epitomizes the gorgeously elegant colors with which the late virtuoso could paint while the heart-stopping sentimental feel of Little Martha finds just he and Dickey Betts engaged in spiritual communion. To this extent, the band continues a mellower vibe on the hit Melissa, a country-rock ballad that taps into a melancholy feel largely courtesy of Gregg Allmans weary vulnerability and Betts lyrical, slap-back-echoing guitar lines.
Yet nothing here eclipses the direct meaning and steadfast intent of the record-opening Aint Wastin Time No More, a defiant showing of unity and understated anthem with which the band seemed to embrace as a motto. No one knew, however, that fate would again subvert the groups plans even if it could never take away the magic held within Eat a Peach, sonic and lyrical sorcery.
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1. Ain't Wastin' Time No More
2. Les Brers In A Minor
4. Mountain Jam
5. One Way Out
6. Trouble No More
7. Stand Back
8. Blue Sky
9. Little Martha