Another double album (and a great one, too!) squeezed on to a single CD or cassette. There has never been a better showcase for improvisational rock than this 1971 concert recording, and few (if any) live rock albums are in its rank. With only two studio albums (and plenty of touring) under their belt, the Georgia sextet tore into the Fillmore East with road-tested buoyancy. Titanic guitarist Duane Allman was at the peak of his powers, pushing his foil, Dickey Betts, to unsurpassed peaks. Vocalist-keyboardist Gregg Allman would have been a star in any other setting; here he's merely one more component in a brilliant ensemble. Duane Allman died shortly after At Fillmore East shipped, and the Brothers haven't scaled such heights since. But, then, neither has anyone else. --Steven Stolder
Statesborough Blues, "Ramblin' Man", "Whipping Post"... With their dueling guitar leads and harmonies built on a double drummer foundation, the Allman Brothers Band cast the mold for the southern rock sound that would proliferate in the '70s. Virtuoso musicians, their songs drew upon a number of southern influences, including country, the blues, New Orleans jazz, and even gospel, creating a sound that was distinctly theirs. Decade of Hits is a great catalog of the Allman's at their guitar wielding best. The sweet, infectious harmonies on the instrumental "Jessica" have become a classic reference point in themselves. Next to the tragedies that plagued them--two motorcycle deaths, heroin addiction--the Allman's are probably best known for the heroic "Ramblin' Man." Written and sung by the now legendary Dickey Betts, the song contained everything that made the band great: intricate guitar harmonies, a strong melody, and just enough twang to keep the thing tight. Decade also contains Allman staples "Melissa," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," and "Southbound." --Steve Gdula
Having firmly established themselves as "The Grateful Dead of the South" via their enormously successful 1971 Live at the Fillmore East double album, the Allman Brothers had just begun work on a new studio collection when slide guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident. Undaunted, the group rallied together and completed Eat a Peach, which, via inclusion of the 34-minute-plus "Mountain Jam," blossomed into a double LP. While keyboardist-singer Gregg Allman shone on tracks like Sonny Boy Williamson's "One Way Out" and his own "Melissa," it was second guitarist Dickey Betts who came out from under the departed Allman's shadow with his lead vocal on "Blue Sky" and his incendiary playing throughout. --Billy Altman
With nine Grammy Awards, more than 15 million album sales and a membership in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame under her belt, this babe from Burbank, California has established herself as the world's top rock-'n'-soul blues woman. The first-ever "best-of" for this wonderful vocalist and guitar slinger, this definitive collection rounds up 18 classics from Bonnie's best-selling Capitol albums.
This boxed set is in good condition. The box is strong with some minor wear along the bottom edge. The side of the front lid as a crease, but the lid is straight. The back of the box has a crease down the right side, but the lid fits perfectly and the box sits flat. The booklet looks new with no creases, rips, or markings. The CD cases look new and are in great condition with no scuffs, scratches, or cracks. The CDs look new and they play great! No scratches or scuffs. The liner notes and artwork look new. This is a great value for the money! This two-CD box contains all 41 recordings Johnson made, including 12 alternate takes, and each cut remains a classic. This set's release in 1990 caused quite a stir, selling more than 500,000 copies, and, on the basis of endorsements from Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, introduced a great number of rock fans to Delta blues. Amazingly, Johnson built his enormous legacy on the strength of just two recording sessions: the first session, in November of 1936, produced among others "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Cross Road Blues," and "Walkin' Blues," making it perhaps the most influential single session in blues history. --Marc Greilsamer
Their only #1 LP, a platinum seller with the Allmans' all-time biggest hit, the #2 smash Ramblin' Man . Dickey Betts-and a country-tinged sound-began asserting themselves here; also: Jessica; Southbound; Wasted Words , and more! Their first full studio album without guitarist Duane, 1973's Brothers and Sisters doesn't match what came before it but would probably be considered a masterpiece if it came from most other bands. The Allman(s) move away from their rougher blues rock toward a groovier Southern rock, a shift that reflects the increased influence of Dickey Betts and new pianist Chuck Leavell. Betts contributes chestnuts such as "Ramblin' Man," "Southbound," and the classic instrumental "Jessica," plus the acoustic finale "Pony Boy," which showcases his work on Dobro. Gregg's impact is not nearly what it once was, although his "Come and Go Blues" and "Jelly Jelly" hit the mark. Original bassist Berry Oakley passed away during these sessions and is heard on just two cuts. --Marc Greilsamer
Wow it's been 30 years since George and his Destroyers first plugged in, turned up and took their rockin' blues on the path to stardom. This CD rounds up 16 key cuts: Move It On Over; Who Do You Love?; One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer; Willie & the Hand Jive; Bad to the Bone; I Drink Alone , plus live tracks, alternate takes and more rowdy rock 'n' roll!