I’m filled with great sadness as I write this knowing that one of my musical heroes, Gregg Allman, has passed away. The Allman Brothers Band are one of my favourite bands of all time and the world has certainly lost a visionary.
I’m a huge fan of The Allman Brothers Band with a few of their albums already having featured in my CLASSIC ALBUM SERIES. But for this installment I turn to their 2000 live album Peakin’ At The Beacon which was the last of their albums to feature Dickey Betts in any form, and the first to feature Derek Trucks. The songs captured on this album are taken from their March 2000 run at the Beacon Theatre in New York and even though those shows are seen favorably by fans of the band, it’s historic nonetheless.
The second album from The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South, has received a well deserved remaster in the form of this outstanding deluxe edition. Recorded between February and July 1970, Idlewild South contains a number of fantastic songs that became live staples over the lifetime of the band. These include the mesmerising In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, the scorching Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ and the legendary Midnight Rider.