(2003) Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band

... read moreAs any fan knows -- heck, as anyone who's listened to the radio since 1970 knows -- there was much more to the Allman Brothers Band than blues. Blues-rock, however, was a foundation of their music, and that's what you'll hear on this compilation, which is part of the Martin Scorsese Presents the...

01:14′:50″ 11 Songs

1
The Allman Brothers Band
Trouble No More
3:47
2
The Allman Brothers Band
Done Somebody Wrong (Live At The Fillmore East, March 1971)
4:33
3
The Allman Brothers Band
Stormy Monday (Live At Fillmore East, March 13, 1971)
8:47
4
The Allman Brothers Band
Can't Lose What You Never Had
5:49
5
The Allman Brothers Band
Statesboro Blues (Live At Fillmore East, March 13, 1971)
4:13
6
The Allman Brothers Band
One Way Out (Live At Fillmore East, June 27, 1971)
4:58
7
The Allman Brothers Band
Hoochie Coochie Man
4:54
8
The Allman Brothers Band
I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Live At Ludlow Garage, April 11, 1970)
9:20
9
The Allman Brothers Band
Dimples (Live/1970)
5:02
10
The Allman Brothers Band
Need Your Love So Bad
4:01
11
The Allman Brothers Band
You Don't Love Me (Live At Fillmore East, March 12, 1971)
19:26
Released 09 September 2003, A Mercury Records Release; This Compilation ℗ 2003 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

As any fan knows -- heck, as anyone who's listened to the radio since 1970 knows -- there was much more to the Allman Brothers Band than blues. Blues-rock, however, was a foundation of their music, and that's what you'll hear on this compilation, which is part of the Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues CD series, issued in conjunction with the television documentary series The Blues. As is proper, almost all of this is from the band's early years; all but two of the songs were recorded between September 1969 and June 1971, and none of them postdate 1979. So the accent falls very heavily on their Southern rockified covers of blues songs by Elmore James, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie McTell, and Sonny Boy Williamson, including tunes that were among the group's most popular, among them "Trouble No More," "Statesboro Blues," "One Way Out," "You Don't Love Me," and "Dimples." That means there's no room for the considerable chunk of their repertoire that also mixed in pop, straight-ahead hard rock, jazz, and country, like "Dreams," "Ramblin' Man," "Whipping Post," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." But if you are in the mood for the blues and the blues only, this is certainly a good (and long, running 74 minutes) sampler of the sounds that made them the most esteemed American blues-rock interpreters. ~ Richie Unterberger