Although many bands from the 60s and 70s rock era continued to make new albums into the old age of their careers, few made good or even decent records. Among the many failed were the Rolling Stones who released two albums in the 90s, 1994s Voodoo Lounge and 1997s Bridges to Babylon, which were both considered failures. But one band managed to create a notably good album that stuck to their roots but still kept a refreshed and new feel to it, that band was the Allman Brothers Band with 1994s Where it all Begins.
Where it all Begins is a very good album with catchy blues-rock melodies and superb songwriting. Although The Allman Brothers were hardly the same band in the 90s as they were when they released their first self-titled album in 1969 and their immensely popular 1972 album Eat a Peach with the hit song Melissa, they still display awesome instrumentation and singing. Gregg Allmans vocals sound old and raspy, but his singing still seems energetic and completely focused on the music. Like any other Allman Brothers record, Where it all Begins has ripping guitar and bluesy slide guitar solos melted into long jams and light bluesy riffs.
As the album begins with All Night Train, the music seems poor and further disappoints with the unique Sailing across the Devils Sea, but as the title track starts and the album continues, the listener finds catchy choruses and enjoyable riffs like in songs such as No One to Run With and Change my Way of Living. Than the album satisfies even more with the fast, energetic, bluesy Mean Woman Blues that further impresses the listener with Greggs full of energy vocals and then the crazy blues guitar solos. Too soon the record is reaching and end, but still some more great blues rock tracks such as Whats Done is Done continue to impress. Then the last still satisfying song Temptation is a Gun comes and ends as another excellent song.
Overall, for any blues rock lover and anyone who enjoys any other Allman Brothers Band albums, you wont be unsatisfied by this record. Although it is fairly short and some songs sound a little similar, Where it all Begins has great instrumentation and awesome bluesy riffs thatll blow you away and make you want to keep listening.
Catchy and enjoyable
Short (only ten songs)
Some songs sound similar
The beginning of the album is weak
No acoustic song
Back Where it all Begins
No One to Run With
Change my Way of Living
Mean Woman Blues
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