Released on their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters, Ramblin’ Man took The Allman Brothers Band in a new musical direction after the death of two of the founding members, Duane Allman in 1971 and Berry Oakley in 1972 (although Berry played on the track, he wouldn’t live long enough to fully experience the change in musical direction which took place primarily in 1973). Penned by Dickey Betts, Ramblin’ Man is bathed with country inspirations and remains one of the most popular Allman Brothers songs and southern rock songs to this day.
Earlier this year I wrote a piece on the rhythm track from Ramblin’ Man but below is something quite different, the isolated vocal track. Take a listen.
It is, in one word, magnificent. You’d think that hearing an isolated vocal track would mean the emergence of the odd mistake but that just isn’t the case at all. You can hear just how great a vocalist Dickey Betts was during this particular time and the backing vocals are sublime as well. The whole thing flows beautifully.
I love hearing isolated vocal tracks and this is probably one of the best I’ve ever heard.