Eat a Peach
Duane Allman - Guitar
Gregg Allman - Piano
Dickey Betts - Guitar
Berry Oakley - Bass
Butch Trucks - Drums
Jai Johanny Johanson - Drums
Though The Allman Bro's, like many, had interests in Pop and plain old Rock and Roll, they only played it for a short time. Luckily, they gave up on it and took on a new sound that was extremely revoloutionary. They combined Country and blues music, but they usually didn't combine them in a single song, which is actually very risky for an innovative group like they were.
Though Duane Allman didn't appear in ever song on this album, due to his his death. The guitaring and the rest of the playing is very techniqual and smooth. Which is one thing The Allman Bro's are famous for. They also have one of the longest recordings in classic rock history, with "Mountain Jam", that runs at an astonishing 33:38. This album also has a song that was said to have caused Duane's death. Which would be "One way Out", which resembles Robert Johnson's "Crossroad Blues" (Refer to my review on Second Helping
for more information).
1. Ain't Wastin' Time no More:
I have been noticing a Southerner sterotype brewing through Southern rock bands. When I reviewed Second Helping
by Lynyrd Skynryd they also had a song with a double negative in the title, just like this song title. Well, anyways, this is a great groovey song based around the piano, and bass. Duane gives off a good solo, but I have heard better from him. It also has some fabulos vocals by Gregg Allman. 5/5
2. Les Brers in A Minor:
This song more resembles a chaotic psychedelic instrumental song more than anything else. After a bit of chaos, this song breaks into a great groove, led by the bass. Then all the other instruments break in, and Duane throws out a several minute incredible solo. 4/5
Here's a beautiful song, that is partly acoustic. It has some great lead electric playing, and some strong piano playing. The dual drumming really adds to this song. It is said to be about Duane, because Duane is absent for this song, and it includes the line "Crossroads, will you ever let him go" and if you know about the "Crossroad Curse" than you would understand. 5/5
4. Mountain Jam:
This would probably be a radio stations nightmare to play. Running at an extrodinary 33:38, it is quite ground breaking, even for a jam band. It is also done live, so imagine sitting through a song that long. It has a nice bluegrass groove and feel to it. Thankfully, Duane does play on this recording and he does show off some great slide guitar playing skills. 5/5
5. One way Out:
This would be the song that was said to have killed of Duane, because of the curse. Other than the terrible counsequences it brings for playing it, it is a fabulos song, and it is very bluesy. Of course the lyrics aren't the original from "Crossroad Blues", but they are still great and special in their own way. It is also played live and has some great guitar playing and drumming. You may have heard it from the movie "Almost Famous". 5/5
6. Trouble no More:
This song is very jazz influenced, especially the drumming. Which is done great by the way, and is done with some great fills by each drummer. It also has some great lead and slide guitar playing from both Dickey Betts and Duane Allman. 4/5
7. Stand Back:
This song is played with a wide variety of instruments that the Allman Bros don't usually use. Some being the congas and the electric piano. The song is based around the piano and the lead guitar, and is done overall pretty good. 3.5/5
8. Blue Sky:
Being a huge fan of Country music or/and Country influenced music, this song is without a doubt my favorite of mine on the album. Dickey Betts is singing, and Duane was alive for this recording. It's just a song about good times, blue and sunny skies, and being lazy, and overall isn't that what The Allman Brothers are all about" Dickey also gives off a fabulos solo. So just overall this is a great song, with a fantastic groove. 5/5
9. Little Martha:
This is a song with just acoustic guitars playing, and they intertwine and flow fabulosley. That is pretty much it. 4/5
When I started this review I figured that I was going to give this album a 4/5 from past experiences, but now I relise that it deserves 5/5 by a long shot. So I give it a 5/5.
EDIT: I should really rewrite this.