Thursday, September 6, 2018

Gregg Allman - The Gregg Allman Tour (1974 us, spectacular blend of soulful blues southern rock, 2008 japan SHM remaster)



In 1974 Gregg Allman released The Gregg Allman Tour, a follow up double live album to his treasured 1973 solo release Laid Back. Taken from performances at Carnegie Hall, NY and the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, it features rootsy, jazzy performances that, like the album it partially celebrates, reveals the softer side of Allman’s creative spirit. He was backed by Cowboy, a band who had been signed to Capricorn at the urging of brother Duane, and the album includes two of their own originals, “Time Will Take Us” and “Where Can You Go?” Also included are three Allman Brothers Band numbers and some traditional blues and Americana. 

Appearing along with Cowboy guitarist Tommy Talton and rhythm guitarist Scott Boyer are keyboardist Chuck Leavell and drummers Bill Stewart and Johnny Lee Johnson. Saxophonist Randall Bramblett shapes much of the album’s sound with a flurry of very spirited solos. The addition of breezy horns and a trio of female backing vocalists lend the recording a wonderful fullness. It is a varied and enthusiastic performance that covers the many colorful dimensions of Allman’s musical pallette and is a must listen for any true fan of the Allman Brothers Band.
by Tom Premtaj
Tracks
1. Don't Mess Up A Good Thing (Oliver Sain) - 5:06
2. Queen Of Hearts (Gregg Allman) - 7:43
3. I Feel So Bad (Chuck Willis) - 4:47
4. Stand Back (Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley) - 3:32
5. Time Will Take Us (Frank Thomas Talton) - 5:51
6. Where Can You Go? (Frank Thomas Talton) - 8:10
7. Double Cross (Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell) - 4:41
8. Dreams (Gregg Allman) - 7:29
9. Are You Lonely For Me Baby (Andy Cousin, Warne Livesey, Mark Price, Julianne Regan) - 4:27
10.Turn On Your Love Light (Deadric Malone, Joseph Wade Scott) - 10:45
11.Oncoming Traffic (Gregg Allman, Janice B. Allman) - 5:56
12.Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Traditional) - 7:21
Tracks 5,6 with Cowboy

Personnel
*Gregg Allman - Lead Vocals, Organ
*Tommy Talton - Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar
*Scott Boyer - Rhythm Guitar
*Bill Stewart - Drums
*Jai Johanny Johanson (Jaimoe, Credited As Johnny Lee Johnson) - Drums And Percussion
*Ken Tibbetts - Electric Bass
*Chuck Leavell - Piano And Electric Piano
*Randall Bramblett - Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, C-Melody Saxophone (All Horn Solos)
*David Brown - Tenor Saxophone
*Harold "Bullets" Williams - Baritone Saxophone
*Todd Logan - Trumpet
*Peter Eklund - Trumpet
*Annie Sutton - Background Vocals
*Erin Dickins - Background Vocals
*Lynn Rubin - Background Vocals

Cowboy (Tracks 5,6)
*Tommy Talton - Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar
*Scott Boyer - Harmony Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar
*David Brown - Electric Bass
*Chuck Leavell - Piano, Electric Piano
*Randall Bramblett - Organ, Saxophone
*Bill Stewart - Drums
*Johnny Lee Johnson - Congas, Drums
*Todd Logan - Trumpet
*Peter Eklund - Trumpet
*Harold "Bullet" Williams - Baritone Saxophone

1977  The Gregg Allman Band - Playin' Up A Storm
with Allman Brothers
1968-89  Dreams (4 disc box set) 
1971  S.U.N.Y. at Stonybrook NY
1973  Brothers And Sisters (2013 Japan SHM super deluxe four disc set edition)

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