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Early Allman Bros. With Bassist Berry Oakley To Be Released

Berry-OakleyEarly Allman Bros. With Bassist Berry Oakley To Be Released… The Allman Brothers Band is set to release two high-quality vintage recordings of their early incarnations on February 12.  One of rock’s most iconic live acts, and members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,  the Allmans fortunately recorded many of their live shows and are selectively releasing their personal choices through their own label, distributed through Entertainment One Music.
The new releases include two especially unique shows: a 2/11/72 concert in their Macon, GA hometown, which was the band’s first show there after the death of founding guitarist Duane Allman. It features the group as a five-piece with all original members, including keyboardist Gregg Allman, drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson (aka “Jaimo”), bassist Berry Oakley and guitarist Dickey Betts. Never-before-heard in the bootleg market, the Macon performance showed the band in ferocious form, just two months before their legendary Eat A Peach live album was released.

Also set for release is the band’s 5/1/73 show at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, which marked a much different Allman Brothers line-up. Keyboardist Chick Leavell (who would later go on to the Rolling Stones) had joined the group in mid 1972, just before Oakley’s untimely death. Jaimoe’s childhood friend Lamar Williams was chosen to replace Oakley six months prior to the Nassau recording. Four songs from this set had not appeared on any of the previous live or archival releases: “Come & Go Blues,” “Wasted Words,” “Jessica” and “Ramblin’ Man.”  Like the ’72 Macon show, this concert is from a two-track reel-to-reel soundboard master tape.

Track listings for the newly-released shows are:

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND / CITY AUDITORIUM, MACON, GA 2-11-72

DISC 1:

STATESBORO BLUES     4:09
DONE SOMEBODY WRONG     3:34
AIN’T WASTING TIME NO MORE     4:15
ONE WAY OUT     6:49
MIDNIGHT RIDER     2:55
YOU DON’T LOVE ME     21:37
STORMY MONDAY     7:58
HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN     4:40
HOT ‘LANTA     5:07

DISC 2:

LES BRERS IN ‘A’ MINOR     11:14
TROUBLE NO MORE     3:53
WHIPPING POST     15:45

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND / NASSAU COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY 5-1-73

DISC 1:

WASTED WORDS     4:58
DONE SOMEBODY WRONG     3:52
STATESBORO BLUES     4:15
ONE WAY OUT     7:42
STORMY MONDAY     8:46
MIDNIGHT RIDER      3:13
JESSICA     10:25
COME AND GO BLUES     4:58
RAMBLIN’ MAN     7:55
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH REED

DISC 2:

TROUBLE NO MORE     4:02
YOU DON’T LOVE ME     6:19
LES BRERS IN ‘A’ MINOR     19:12
WHIPPING POST     18:40
MOUNTAIN JAM     31:05:00

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