The Allman Brothers Band
Where It All Begins


4.0
excellent

Review

by Oddsen USER (23 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2006 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


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.
4/5 excellent

Pros.
Vocals
Instrumentation
Jams
It rocks
Catchy and enjoyable

Cons.
Short (only ten songs)
Some songs sound similar
The beginning of the album is weak
No acoustic song

Recommended Tracks
Back Where it all Begins
No One to Run With
Change my Way of Living
Mean Woman Blues

Please comment and enjoy
Flea is Godly
Odd



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Oddsen
August 2nd 2006


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry about the tracklisting. The submit thing is having some problems

Nevermind i fixed itThis Message Edited On 08.02.06

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 2nd 2006


721 Comments


This album is okay.

stompybeardo
August 2nd 2006


746 Comments


ive never heard duane allmans playing but after he got #2 greatest guitarist in rolling stone im intruiged

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 2nd 2006


721 Comments


Do yourself a favor and buy At Fillmore East.

Oddsen
August 2nd 2006


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya, he didn't play on this album though. I'm pretty sure he died.

stompybeardo
August 2nd 2006


746 Comments


wat makes him so unique, or was he just a really solid blues player?

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 2nd 2006


721 Comments


yeah he died in 1971

i'm pretty sure

Oddsen
August 2nd 2006


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't think of anything that makes him particularly unique. Hes just very good or as you called it a solid blues player i guess

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 2nd 2006


721 Comments


have you actually listened to his playing

to me, he's probably one of the few amazing slide players. most people that play electric slide (besides Derek Trucks) just squeel and make a bunch of hideous noise.This Message Edited On 08.02.06

Oddsen
August 2nd 2006


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What do you guys think about my review?

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 2nd 2006


721 Comments


It's okay. The descriptions are vague and just lacking in general.

santaandjesusaregay
August 2nd 2006


5 Comments


you can't be serious, the allman brothers?!? anything with brothers in the title has to be lame

stompybeardo
August 2nd 2006


746 Comments


lol, your probably gonna get a rough response especially since your a noob

santaandjesusaregay
August 2nd 2006


5 Comments


what, from all of the 15 year olds on their parents computer who know everything? do your worst... i am all that is music

stompybeardo
August 2nd 2006


746 Comments


better than being 12 and joining the site just to aggravate ppl "creator of music"

santaandjesusaregay
August 2nd 2006


5 Comments


holly uncomprehendium batman

jpj
August 2nd 2006


21 Comments


This was the first solid album the Allmans released in like 15 years, IMO.

And Duane revolutionized the way the electric slide guitar is played, he is way more than a "solid blues player."

BlackDeathMetalJazz or really ANYTHING else please-
August 2nd 2006


200 Comments


Duane just a 'solid blues player'? That's almost an insult! You obviously don't own Live at Fillmore East or Eat a Peach.

Zesty Mordant
August 2nd 2006


1196 Comments


There's a lot of wankery I find on Fillmore East. Don't get me wrong, its still a good album, but the 10min jam sessions get tedious after awhile.

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 2nd 2006


721 Comments


That's true.

Eat A Peach would be a good first choice. It has the extended stuff and normal-length songs.



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