Duane Allman: Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective [7 CD Box Set][Limited Edition]

Track List

>Turn on Your Love Light - (previously unreleased)
>No Name Instrumental - (previously unreleased)
>What'd I Say - (previously unreleased)
>Spoonful
>Gotta Get Away
>Shapes of Things
>Crossroads
>Mister, You're a Better Man Than I - (previously unreleased)
>Lost Woman - (previously unreleased)
>Cast Off All My Fears
>I've Been Trying
>Nothing But Tears
>Power of Love
>Down in Texas
>Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
>B.B. King Medley: Sweet Little Angel/It's My Own Fault/How Blue Can You Get?
>Been Gone Too Long
>Ain't No Good to Cry
>Morning Dew
>Melissa
>Milk and Honey
>Leavin' Lisa
>Julianna's Gone
>Road of Love, The
>Light My Fire
>Hey Jude
>Toe Hold
>My Own Style of Loving
>Born to Be Wild
>It's How You Make It Good
>It Ain't What You Do (But How You Do It)
>I Never Loved a Woman (The Way I Love You)
>Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
>Stuff You Gotta Watch
>Speak Her Name
>That Can't Be My Baby
>Lucky Loser, A
>I'm Coming Today
>Pretending Dear
>Weight, The
>It Ain't Fair
>Darkness
>Tell Daddy
>Got Down on Saturday
>Hey Joe
>Foot Pattin'
>Games People Play
>Weight, The
>Get a Little Order
>Twice a Man
>Goin' Down Slow
>No Money Down
>Happily Married Man
>Me
>Reap What You Sow
>It Takes Time
>Going Up the Country
>Hand Jive
>Finding Her
>Look What I Got
>Waiting for a Train
>Loan Me a Dime
>Don't Want You No More
>It's Not My Cross to Bear
>Black Hearted Woman
>Trouble No More
>Every Hungry Woman
>Dreams
>Whipping Post
>One More Night
>Will the Circle Be Unbroken
>Matchbox
>Down in the Alley
>Who Do You Love
>Marley Purt Drive
>Dirty Old Man
>Mr. Bojangles
>Sweep Around Your Own Back Door
>I Walk on Gilded Splinters
>Rollin' Stone
>Down Along the Cove
>Voodoo in You
>Shake for Me
>Cryin' for My Baby
>I'm Leavin' You
>You'll Be Mine
>Ghost of Myself
>Comin' Down [Demo Version]
>Hoochie Coochie Man - (live)
>Midnight Rider
>Dimples - (live)
>I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town - (live)
>Soul Shake
>Beads of Sweat
>Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
>Living on the Open Road
>Woman Left Lonely, A
>Touch Me
>More Than Enough Rain
>I Am Yours
>Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?
>Have You Ever Loved a Woman
>Layla
>Mean Old World
>Me and Bobby McGee
>Relativity
>Goin' Upstairs
>Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
>Sick and Tired
>Odessa
>Gift of Love
>Sing My Way Home
>Statesboro Blues - (live)
>In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - (live)
>Sugar Magnolia - (previously unreleased, live)
>One Way Out - (live)
>Push Push
>Spirit in the Dark
>What'd I Say
>Come on in My Kitchen - (live)
>Going Down the Road Feeling Bad - (previously unreleased, live)
>Poor Elijah/Tribute to Johnson - (previously unreleased, live)
>You Don't Love Me/Soul Serenade - (live)
>Please Be with Me
>Stand Back
>Blue Sky
>Blue Sky - (live)
>Dreams - (live)
>Little Martha

Album Notes

Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/02/1969); American Sound Studios, Memphis, TN (01/02/1969); Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN (01/02/1969); Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY (01/02/1969); Atlantic Studios, New York, NY (01/02/1969); Bradley's Barn, Nashville, TN (01/02/1969); Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, GA (01/02/1969); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/02/1969); Columbia Studios, New York, NY (01/02/1969); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (01/02/1969); Decca Studios, New York, NY (01/02/1969); Fame Recording Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/02/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (01/02/1969); Lee Hazen's Cottage Studio, Ormond Beach, FL (01/02/1969); Liberty Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/02/1969); Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, OH (01/02/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/02/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/02/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL (01/02/1969); Music Shoals Sound (01/02/1969); Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/02/1969); Quin Ivy Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/02/1969); State University of New York, Stony Brook Gym (01/02/1969); Tone Studios, Hialeah, FL (01/02/1969); Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (01/02/1969); A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/06/1969); American Sound Studios, Memphis, TN (01/06/1969); Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN (01/06/1969); Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY (01/06/1969); Atlantic Studios, New York, NY (01/06/1969); Bradley's Barn, Nashville, TN (01/06/1969); Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, GA (01/06/1969); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/06/1969); Columbia Studios, New York, NY (01/06/1969); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (01/06/1969); Decca Studios, New York, NY (01/06/1969); Fame Recording Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/06/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (01/06/1969); Lee Hazen's Cottage Studio, Ormond Beach, FL (01/06/1969); Liberty Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/06/1969); Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, OH (01/06/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/06/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/06/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL (01/06/1969); Music Shoals Sound (01/06/1969); Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/06/1969); Quin Ivy Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/06/1969); State University of New York, Stony Brook Gym (01/06/1969); Tone Studios, Hialeah, FL (01/06/1969); Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (01/06/1969); A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/08/1969); American Sound Studios, Memphis, TN (01/08/1969); Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN (01/08/1969); Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY (01/08/1969); Atlantic Studios, New York, NY (01/08/1969); Bradley's Barn, Nashville, TN (01/08/1969); Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, GA (01/08/1969); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/08/1969); Columbia Studios, New York, NY (01/08/1969); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (01/08/1969); Decca Studios, New York, NY (01/08/1969); Fame Recording Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/08/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (01/08/1969); Lee Hazen's Cottage Studio, Ormond Beach, FL (01/08/1969); Liberty Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/08/1969); Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, OH (01/08/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/08/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/08/1969); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL (01/08/1969); Music Shoals Sound (01/08/1969); Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/08/1969); Quin Ivy Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/08/1969); State University of New York, Stony Brook Gym (01/08/1969); Tone Studios, Hialeah, FL (01/08/1969); Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (01/08/1969); A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/1968); American Sound Studios, Memphis, TN (01/1968); Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN (01/1968); Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY (01/1968); Atlantic Studios, New York, NY (01/1968); Bradley's Barn, Nashville, TN (01/1968); Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, GA (01/1968); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/1968); Columbia Studios, New York, NY (01/1968); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (01/1968); Decca Studios, New York, NY (01/1968); Fame Recording Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/1968); Fillmore East, New York, NY (01/1968); Lee Hazen's Cottage Studio, Ormond Beach, FL (01/1968); Liberty Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/1968); Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, OH (01/1968); Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/1968); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/1968); Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL (01/1968); Music Shoals Sound (01/1968); Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/1968); Quin Ivy Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/1968); State University of New York, Stony Brook Gym (01/1968); Tone Studios, Hialeah, FL (01/1968).

Photographers: Jim Marshall ; W. Robert Johnson ; Twiggs Lyndon; Stephen Paley; Ira Zadikow; Baron Wolman; John Gellman; Jon Levicke; Amalie R. Rothschild; Sidney Smith; Bernd Billmayer; Ric Carter.

It's difficult to call a guitarist who routinely shows up in the upper reaches of "100 Greatest Guitarists Ever" lists underappreciated, and yet the first impression the towering seven-disc box set Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective makes is that Duane Allman does not receive his proper due. Sure, the Allman Brothers Band are one of the staples of classic rock, a band that carved out the blues-drenched sound of Southern rock while also establishing a template for jam bands to come, and Duane's contributions were crucial in making Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs Eric Clapton's finest moment, and that would be enough for a substantial legacy even if Allman hadn't died in a tragic motorcycle accident at the age of 24, but that was only part of the story. The rest is told on Skydog, a box set that has its origins on a collection Bill Levenson began in the early '90s, just after he compiled the four-disc Allman Brothers Band box, Dreams, in 1989, which didn't see fruition until 2013, after years of work by the renowned rock & roll archivist and Galadrielle Allman, Duane's daughter. Both had their reasons for delivering a testament to everything Duane Allman achieved in his short life, and that dedication pays off wildly on Skydog, as great a box set as has ever been released.

Much of the greatness in Skydog lies in its thoroughness, how it treats Allman's work outside of the Allman Brothers Band not as a digression but rather a focus. The Allman Brothers Band account for just 21 of the 129 songs here, not popping up until toward the end of disc three, by which time Duane has been heard playing gangly R&B guitar in his teenage R&B band the Escorts, expertly mimicking the Yardbirds in the Allman Joys, marrying psychedelia and blues in the Hour Glass, essaying an early version of "Melissa" in the 31st of February, and, especially, making himself heard on sessions for Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett, Laura Lee, King Curtis, and Arthur Conley recorded down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (sessions with Aretha Franklin were cut up in New York). He'd also traded solos with Otis Rush and blazed a trail on Boz Scaggs' eponymous 1969 LP, sessions that emphasized how his guitar was getting increasingly gutsy and gritty, characteristics that could be heard on the Allman Brothers Band's 1969 debut. Positioned as it is here, the first Allmans album is not the start of something, but rather a pivotal point in a long journey that continued to unfold long afterward. On-stage, the Allmans improvised with imaginative ferocity, and the back half of Skydog showcases a restless, fearless musician, one who was eager to tangle with his idol Eric Clapton in Derek & the Dominos, rush on-stage with the Grateful Dead, guest with Delaney & Bonnie, and sit in with jazz flautist Herbie Mann. By the end of the set, Duane Allman seems to have had his hand in every kind of music being made in America at the turn of the '60s, and the depth and scope of his achievement is staggering, especially when you consider that so much of this was recorded in a mere four years. While the records released by the Allman Brothers Band do hint at this range, Skydog tells a story unheard on any other Allman-related albums, including the excellent 1989 box Dreams. This is an epic narrative illustrating how soul, blues, country, psychedelia, jazz, and garage rock melded into modern rock & roll and, in turn, this is a biography of a musician who was instrumental in that evolution, a guitarist whose name is well-known but whose work is still not thoroughly appreciated. Skydog rights that wrong in glorious fashion. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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