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Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes!
The Allman Brothers Band 1969 Debut Album on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Rolling Stone 2015 Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jam Bands: The Allman Brothers Rated 2nd!
This 1969 Debut Album Set the Stage for the Legendary Status That Followed
Unrivaled Sonics: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Mobile Fidelity Edition Provides Window Into What Went Down at New Yorks Atlantic Recording Studios
Gregg and Duane Allman and Co. Cook on Edgy, Soul- and Blues-Filled Fare
Includes Original Version of "Whipping Post," Cover of Muddy Waters' "Trouble No More"
They hailed from Macon, Georgia. They looked liked any number of young, hopeful bands straddling the violent fade of the 1960s with the advent of the 1970s. They missed the British Invasion-triggered blues revival by several years. Yet they sounded like no other group, their youthfulness belied by virtuosic abilities and interlocking interplay Miles Davis would've envied. It all starts here, on a smoldering self-titled debut that has few peers.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of The Allman Brothers Band joins the unparalleled reissue imprints other Allman titles in presenting the inimitable group's music in the most lifelike, uncompromising fidelity anyone has ever heard. Opening up the dynamic contrasts, clearing direct paths for the frequency ranges, and ensuring optimal balances and neutrality, this edition takes listeners to the producers chair at New Yorks Atlantic Studios as the sessions went down. The Allman Brothers Band has never sounded so crisp, clear, or defined.
Having already cut its collective teeth via live shows throughout the South, the Allman Brothers Band was properly vetted for its initial major-label foray. In particular, Gregg and Duane Allman had done stints in several other collectives that recorded a handful of long-forgotten records. Duane, too, established himself as a go-to whiz-kid slide and lead guitarist, becoming a session instrumentalist for Muscle Shoals FAME Studios and playing with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, and others.
He and organist/vocalist Greggs deft touch and innate knack for soulful tonalities help define his namesake groups eponymous debut, notched with raw-boned R&B and purifying gospel motifs that seeped into the duos consciousness while growing up in Jacksonville. Complemented by likeminded lead guitarist Dickey Betts and a trio of similarly minded masters, the siblings quickly changed history on this 1969 set famous for stunningly resonant blues, spirit-moving soul, and polyrhythmic rock.
Entering with a memorable one-two punch in which fluid jazz lines mutate into an anguished 12-bar blues exchange between Gregg and Duane, continuing with an edgy and worthy take of Muddy Waters Trouble No More, and closing with the landscape-shifting workout "Whipping Post," a preview of things to come, The Allman Brothers Band contains no flaws. Then theres the aching of "Dreams," a melodic 12/8-time piece showcasing slide-guitar voodoo and psychedelic aftertastes. Dont miss this stellar work.
"Mobile Fidelity's reissue is a huge improvement in terms of overall instrumental clarity, dynamics and especially bass extension and clarity. The old Mo-Fi issue of rolled highs and anemic dynamics have been 100% eliminated. If you're a fan of this album and have heard it a thousand times, I promise you, you've never heard it like this. What's more, the clarity reveals musical details heretofore hidden in the original's murk. 'Whipping Post' in particular will startle you if you've grown up with the original... this Mobile Fidelity beats the original in every way." - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, Music 9/10, Sound 8/10!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Half-Speed 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
1. Dont Want You No More
2. It's Not My Cross to Bear
3. Black Hearted Woman
4. Trouble No More
5. Every Hungry Woman
7. Whipping Post