Allman Brothers Band - Almost the Eighties (2CD)


Between August 1975 and May 1976, the Allman Brothers Band played to some of the biggest crowds of their career. Gradually, however, the members of the band grew apart during these tours, with sound checks and rehearsals apparently becoming a thing of the past. Gregg Allman later pointed to a benefit for presidential candidate Jimmy Carter as the only real "high point" in an otherwise "rough, rough tour". The shows were considered lacklustre and the members were excessive in their drug use. The "breaking point" came when Gregg Allman testified in the trial of security man Scooter Herring. Bandmates considered him a "snitch". As a result, the band finally broke up; Chuck Leavell, Lamar Williams, and 'Jaimoe' Johnson continued playing together in Sea Level, Betts formed Great Southern, and Allman founded the Gregg Allman Band. The 1976 live album Wipe The Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas was seen as the last gasp of a dying band, which was unfortunate for the now-floundering Capricorn Records, who desperately needed the band together for them to stay afloat. However, by 1978 moves were afoot to reunite the band, augmented by new guitarist Dan Toler and bassist David Goldflies, to record the much celebrated Enlightened Rogues album, and return to touring. The album was released in February and the recording featured here with the new line-up came on the night before New Year's Eve of the same year - for the record, fact fans, on the actual NYE, the band were performing in New Haven, Connecticut. The new line up is captured here in superb revitalised form, at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY on the 30th December 1979, a show broadcast live by WLIR-FM, and presented here complete across 2 CDs.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

Don't Want You No More
Not My Cross To Bear
Can't Take It With You
Blue Sky
Need Your Love So Bad
Blind Love
Crazy Love
Just Ain't Easy
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
Try It One More Time
One Way Out
Statesboro Blues
Disc 2:

Whipping Post
Midnight Rider
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Ramblin' Man