Allman Brothers Band’s 50th Anniversary Collection

The Allman Brothers Band career retrospective, ‘Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection,’ will be released on February 28th via Island Mercury/UMe paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the pioneering Southern blues- rock legends and their massive body of work.

The original band consisting of Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts, brothers Duane Allman, and Gregg Allman andJaimoe, finally came together cutting anoriginal 1969 demo of Muddy Waters’ ‘Trouble No More,’ which has remained unreleased for more than half a century, opens the new, 10 vinyl LP or 5 CD box set (there is also a digital version).

‘Trouble No More’ is produced by Allman Brothers Band historians and aficionados Bill Levenson, John Lynskeyand Kirk Westwith sixty-one tracks from across the Allman Brothers Band career, including live performances, rarities and seven previously unreleased tracks from the very beginning of the band until the very end. The collection is bookended with a live performance of ‘Trouble No More’ from the Allman Brothers Band’s final show at New York’s Beacon Theatre, New York that brought the band’s legend to a close.

Ahead of the release, the previously unreleased demo recording of ‘Trouble No More’ is available for streaming now and for immediate download with digital album pre-order. Preorder/listen here:

The deluxe vinyl box set presents the band’s legacy across 10 vinyl albums packaged in five gatefold jackets housed in a wood veneer wrapped slipcase with gold graphics, accompanied by a 56-page book and will also be released as a limited edition coloured vinyl collection via the online music retailer uDiscover with each album pressed on orange and red splatter coloured vinyl evoking the insides of a peach.

The 5 CD edition will be packaged in a 12-panel ‘soft pack book’ and includes an 88 page booklet. Both editions feature a 9000-word essay on the history of the band by John Lynskey, unreleased band photos along with newly shot photos of memorabilia from the Big House Museum in the band’s adopted hometown Macon, Georgia and a recap of the 13 incarnations of the band line up.

The digital version of the album will mirror the 5 CD set and be available for streaming and download, including Apple Digital Master.

All recordings have been newly mastered by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Ga. and sound better than ever. View the album trailer by clicking the graphic above or click here:

The collection’is grouped into five distinct eras representing the various stages of the band’s recording and performance history, divided by the group’s stints on the Capricorn, Arista and Epic labels, as well as the band’s own Peach imprint.

Starting with ‘The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part I’, the collection kicks off at the beginning of the Allman Brothers story with the previously unreleased 1969 demo version of ‘Trouble No More,’ and includes highlights from their self-titled debut album including ‘Don’t Want You No More’ and ‘It’s Not My Cross To Bear,’ ‘Whipping Post;’ plus standouts from their second album, ‘Idlewild South’,such as ‘Midnight Rider;’ Dickey Betts’ first song writing effort for the band, ‘Revival;’ and ‘Don’t Keep Me Wondering,’ with Duane Allman’s slide guitar work centre stage.

The original line up’s legacy album, the ’Live At Filmore East’, recorded in March 1971 at Bill Graham’s East Village theatre, is represented with Blind Willie McTell’s ‘Statesboro Blues,’ T Bone Walker’s ‘Stormy Monday’ and the dazzling 13 minute instrumental odyssey, ‘In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,’ where every member is in perfect harmony.

As Lynskey writes in the comprehensive liners: “There is no question, however, that The Allman Brothers Band was at their best up on a stage, playing live music for an audience. The group played with unbridled energy, and without constraints. While their set list did not vary all that much from night to night in the early days, the band’s desire to explore, create and improvise guaranteed that each show would be a different listening experience. Their marathon concerts became the stuff of legend, and that spirit was captured on At Fillmore East, the live set by which all others are measured.”

‘The Capricorn Years 1969 -1979, Part II’ collects together songs from the Allman Brothers Band’s double album, ‘Eat A Peach’, with tracks recorded in 1971 with Duane Allman before he tragically died in a motorcycle accident.

Released in February 1972, the cuts featured on the set include ‘Blue Sky,’ written and sung by Dickey Betts; ‘Melissa,’ Gregg Allman’s tribute to his lost brother and ‘One Way Out,’ recorded live in June 1971, on the closing night of the Fillmore East. ‘Hot ‘Lanta’ and ‘You Don’t Love Me’ from a live performance at New York’s A&R Studios broadcast on WPLJ radio and ‘Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,’ recorded at Puerto Rico’s ‘Mar Y Sol Festival,’ in April 1972, showcase the band in a variety of live settings.

Songs from their number one selling album, ‘Brothers And Sisters’, include Dickey’s country infused hit single, ‘Ramblin Man’ and ‘Wasted Words,’ which were the last two songs to feature bassist Berry Oakley who also tragically died in a motorcycle accident at the same age as Duane, just 24 years old. Part II concludes with a previously unreleased outtake of ‘Early Morning Blues,’ a standard blues number that eventually morphed into ‘Jelly Jelly.’

As The Allman Brothers experienced one blow after another, ‘Brothers And Sisters’tore up the charts. ‘The Capricorn Years, 1969-1979, Part III/The Arista Years, 1980-1981’ launches with two live performances from their historic ‘Summer Jam’ show in July 1973 with the Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen, New York which drew more than half a million fans to the grounds of the famed raceway. ‘Come And Go Blues,’ released on the live album, ‘Wipe the Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas’, by Gregg Allman while ‘Mountain Jam’ is a previously unreleased version that grew out of a line from Donovan’s ‘First There Is A Mountain’ into a 12 minute jam.

The band’s record ‘Win, Lose Or Draw’, recorded in 1975 after a couple years apart following the release and subsequent tours for Gregg and Dickey’s debut solo albums and is highlighted here with the moving title track, their inspired rendition of Muddy Waters’ ‘Can’t Lose What You Never Had’ and the instrumental, ‘High Falls.’

As a result of fractures in the band, they disbanded after the album’s tour and they remained apart for four years. Overtures were made and an impromptu performance together made them yearn to be together again, the original members – Butch,  Dickey, Jaimoe and Gregg – decamped to the studio and recorded 1979’s ‘Enlightened Rogues’.

Included here are standouts ‘Crazy Love,’ ‘Can’t Take It With You,’ ‘Pegasus’ and a live version of Gregg’s autobiographical ‘Just Ain’t Easy.’ The end of the decade would also mark the end of their time with Capricorn, as a result of the label going bankrupt, and a new label home with Clive Davis’ Arista Records, which they signed to in 1980. ‘Hell and High Water,’ and ‘Angeline’ from the resulting album, ‘Reach For The Sky’, released in August 1980, had glossier production and synthesizers.

Sadly, Jaimoe and the group would part ways again after this. ‘Never Knew How Much,’ a ballad that originated during the sessions for Gregg’s solo album, ‘Laid Back’, and ‘Leavin’‘ a song that may have foreshadowed what was to come from their album, ‘Brothers Of The Road’, released in August 1981, round out the chapter.

In 1989, after years apart and several solo albums, the original members of the band were approached about doing a reunion tour to promote an upcoming career box set, and Butch, Dickey, Jaimoe and Gregg all agreed.

For the tour, they recruited Warren Haynes, a guitarist that Dickey had been playing with, and went out as a seven-piece. The shows so well received that the band, now signed to Epic, recorded ‘Seven Turns’, their first album together in nearly a decade.

‘The Epic Years, 1989 – 2000’ includes the album’s title track, considered one of Dickey’s best songs and ‘Good Clean Fun,’ which received solid airplay on MTV. The album was a resounding statement that the Allman’s were back. Not wanting to waste time, they quickly set to work on 1991’s ‘Shades Of Two Worlds’which saw Dickey take a dominant role as a songwriter, as heard on ‘Nobody Knows,’ and Warren emerge as an influential member of the group, co-writing five songs with either Dickey or Gregg, including ‘End Of The Line,’ which sounded like vintage Allman Brothers.

Many other highlights from this era include ‘Low Dirty Mean,’ from the 1992 live album, ‘Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theater’, a rare live performance of Robert Johnson’s ‘Come On Into My Kitchen,’ and songs from 1994’s ‘Where It All Begins’, including the stellar title track and the live favorite ‘Soulshine,’ which displayed Warren’s singer/songwriter talents. It concludes with the unreleased ‘I’m Not Crying,’ a composition written by Jack Pearsonwho replaced Warren after he left to focus on his band Gov’t Mule.

The final chapter, ‘The Peach Years, 2000 – 2014’, spans a variety of line up changes, most notably the departure of original member Dickey Betts and the introduction of guitarist Derek Trucks, the nephew of Butch Trucks. The younger Trucks delivers an emotionally-charged solo alongside Dickey’s recent replacement, Jimmy Herring, on the previously unreleased, ‘Loan Me A Dime,’ recorded on August 26th, 2000, the day bassist Allen Woodypassed away.

Gregg sounds especially emotional on the powerful performance. Woody’s death shook the band but it was out of this tragedy that Warren would make his way back to his brothers. Included here is a spectacular, never-released live performance from the band’s 2001 Beacon run of ‘Desdemona,’ a new song that Warren and Gregg wrote together.

The tune, along with the shimmering ‘TheHigh Cost Of Low Living’ and the poignant ‘Old Before My Time,’ would be featured on their final album, ‘Hittin’ The Note’, released in 2003, some of their best work in years.

Two unreleased gems from the band’s 2005 annual stand at the Beacon Theatre include a rare version of ‘Blue Sky’ with Gregg handling the lead vocals and Derek’s and Warren’s solos augmented by lively piano work from long time former bandmate Chuck Leavell, who was sitting in for the March 21st show; and Warren and Derek’s wonderful interpretation of Duane’s instrumental, ‘Little Martha,’ from that same night.

Appropriately the collection culminates with a live version of ‘Trouble No More,’ the first song the original band ever played together and the last song of their career.

As Lynskey writes: “In those four minutes, 45 years came pouring out of the speakers; 45 years of superior blues/rock music, created by incomparable musicians. The final notes echoed through the theatre early in the morning of October 29, 43 years to the day that Duane Allman died.”

The Allman Brothers Band have weathered extreme adversity – and band who reinvented themselves in the face of loss and tragedy and sell millions of records along the way. This new collection is a compelling summary of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer’s timelessly brilliant and influential contributions to American music.

On March 10th, 2020 for one night only at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones joined by Duane Trucks, Reese Wynans and special guest Chuck Leavell will celebrate 50 years of the music of The Allman Brothers Band.

This one-time concert event will be a celebration of The Allman Brothers Band’s illustrious career. It notably marks the first time in more than five years that these legendary players will be together on stage to perform their iconic hits, and the first time since the passing of founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. It will undoubtedly be emotionally charged, and an unforgettable night not to be missed. The show sold out immediately upon going on sale.


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