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Gregg Allman: Laid Back

Album Notes

Personnel: Gregg Allman (vocals, acoustic guitar, organ); Tommy Talton (acoustic, electric & slide guitars, dobro, tambourine); Scott Boyer (acoustic, electric & slide guitars, piano); Buzzy Feiten, Jimmy Nalls (electric guitar); David Newman (saxophone); Chuck Leavell (piano); Paul Hornsby (organ, clavinet); Charlie Hayward, Johnny Sandlin, David Brown (bass); Bill Stewart (drums); Butch Trucks (casaba); Jaimoe (congas); Maeretha Stewart, Helene Miles, Hilda Harris, Albert Robinson, Carl Hall, June McGruder, Lydia November, Eileen Gilbert, Emily Houston (background vocals).

Engineers: Johnny Sandlin, Ovie Sparks, Buddy Thornton.

Recorded at Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, Georgia.

Digitally remastered by Suha Gur.

Recorded in the same year as the Brothers and Sisters album, this solo debut release is a beautiful amalgam of R&B, folk, and gospel sounds, with the best singing on any of Gregg Allman's solo releases. He covers his own "Midnight Rider" in a more mournful, dirge-like manner, and Jackson Browne's "These Days" gets its most touching and tragic-sounding rendition as well. Although Chuck Leavell and Jaimoe are here, there's very little that sounds like the Allman Brothers Band -- prominent guitars, apart from a few licks by Tommy Talton (Cowboy, ex-We the People), are overlooked in favor of gospel-tinged organ and choruses behind Allman's soulful singing. ~ Bruce Eder


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