The Allman Brothers Band - Back on the Road CD


For The Allman Brothers Band, 1972 was a time of mixed blessings. Having decided to continue as a group, despite the tragic loss of visionary guitar maestro Duane Allman following his motorcycle accident on 29th October 1971, the Allmans released Eat A Peach on 12th February '72. Featuring a mix of live and studio tracks, the new record exceeded the success of its predecessor, Live At Fillmore East. Containing such classics as 'Melissa' - Duane's favourite song, chosen by Gregg Allman in tribute - 'One Way Out', and the Dickey Betts-penned 'Blue Skies', Eat A Peach eventually went Platinum in the United States while reaching number four on the Billboard chart. The band played almost 90 shows across North America that year, eager to capitalise on their recent successes and to honour Duane's memory. One stop on the tour was at the 9,500-capacity Manley Field House in Syracuse, New York, a show which is contained in its entirety on this CD. Simultaneously broadcast in superb audio quality, the Allmans clearly demonstrate here that none of their form had been lost since their breakthrough the previous year. A superb selection of newer songs and fan favourites were performed, including 'Ain't Wastin' Time No More', 'In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed', 'Midnight Rider' and 'Whipping Post'. At this juncture in their career one would be forgiven for thinking that the Allman Brothers' hard times were in the past and it would all be plain sailing for a while. Sadly, this was not to be. Founding bassist Berry Oakley had been profoundly affected by Duane's passing, and took solace in drink and drugs. Ironically, on 11th November 1972, while still intoxicated, he crashed his own motorbike into the side of a bus, just three blocks away from where Duane had met his end. Initially declining treatment, he slowly sank into delirium, and died in hospital later that day.

Track Listing

Statesboro Blues
Done Somebody Wrong
Ain't Wastin' Time No More
One Way Out
Stormy Monday

You Don't Love Me
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
Midnight Rider
Whipping Post