||THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
'Brothers And Sisters' (2CD)
One of the instigators of the Southern Rock scene, a major influence on the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, this remastered classic was their fifth album and first full album recorded after the death of Duane Allman.
Also, with new keyboard player Chuck Leveal taking a lead playing roll, and new bassist Lamar Williams coming in during recording (following the death of Berry Oakley), the album was one of the band's most successful, despite having a different, more country feel.
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Opener 'Wasted Words' is a mid tempo bluesy number typifying the ABB's full sound, and some neat slide guitar. Ramblin' Man, written by guitarist Richard Betts, is far more country oriented and typifies the Americana that Skynyrd would often veer towards. It's a memorable track and, as a single, rose to #2 in the charts (the album made #1).
'Come And Go Blues' is bluesier, as the title may suggest, and there's plenty of keyboards interplay and 'Jelly Jelly' is a slower bar room blues number with some neat guitar touches.
Probably the stand out track on the album is 'Jessica' (known to many as the current theme tune to Top Gear); a catchy and decent melody but is slightly more countrified here in its original form, the electric and acoustic guitar interplay in equal amounts, and the track does veer off into more the free jam direction the band are perhaps better known for.
This track was the first track recorded with new bassist Williams and while it was not successful as a single at the time, it has since become one of the band's most iconic tracks.
This reissue comes well packaged with a thick booklet, and a second disc of rehearsals, outtakes and a lengthy studio jam. Perfect treatment for a classic Southern Rock album.