Monday, March 31, 2014

TOP TEN GREATEST ALLMAN BROTHERS TUNES (Guest Post)

Photo: Courtesy of the estate of Twiggs Lyndon.
TOP TEN GREATEST
ALLMAN BROTHERS 
TUNES
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My "Guest" contributor
Michelle Wilson returns to
wrap up "March Madness"
with another one of her
engaging Top Ten lists.

There are two things that
I know about Michelle:
1) She hates Eric Clapton.
2) She loves The Allmans.
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With the 45th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band upon us, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull out the old Top Ten list. Honing this one down is no easy task, and EVERYONE may have variations, mutations and even (more than likely) objections. I know I will catch major heat for this, but "Jessica" and "Ramblin' Man" do not make the cut. Yes, they are great songs, but thanks to radio saturation they have become the "bubblegum" ABB for me. So here are my Top Ten picks: 

10
(1969)
Written by Gregg Allman
From the album 
The Allman Brothers Band  

9
(1971)
Written by Blind Willie McTell
From the album 
At Fillmore East

8
(1972)
Written by Gregg Allman
From the album 
Eat a Peach

7
(1972)
Written by Sonny Boy Williamson
Marshall Sehorn / Elmore James
From the album 
Eat a Peach

6
(1970)
Written by Gregg Allman
From the album 
Idlewild South

5
(1969)
Written by Gregg Allman
From the album 
The Allman Brothers Band 

 4
(1970)
Written by Richard Betts
From the album 
Idlewild South

3
(1971)
Written by Gregg Allman
Duane Allman / Richard Betts 
Butch Trucks / Berry Oakley 
Jai Johanny Johanson
From the album 
At Fillmore East

2
(1970)
Written by Gregg Allman 
Robert Kim Payne
From the album 
Idlewild South

1
(1972)
Written by Steve Alaimo 
Gregg Allman
From the album 
Eat a Peach

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Honorable Mention
     
(1979) 
Written by Richard Betts
From the album 
Enlightened Rogues


(1973)
Written by Richard Betts
(1970)
Written by Richard Betts
From the album 
Idlewild South 


"Pegasus"
(1979)
Written by Richard Betts
From the album 
Enlightened Rogues 


(1972)
Written by Duane Allman
From the album 
Eat a Peach


Following the release of Galadrielle Allman’s poignant story, Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father, Duane Allman, and Alan Paul’s sweeping ABB bible, One Way Out, fans have gained a new and enlightened perspective into the ABB realm. After perusing Gregg Allman’s autobiography, My Cross to Bear (co-written with Alan Light – read my review at the link below), I moved on to Ms. Allman’s moving tribute to her father, and then Mr. Paul’s in-depth study of the band from a 25-year journalistic perspective (look for my reviews of both within the coming weeks at www.Ink19.com). I highly recommend reading them in this order. All three books are peppered with iconic photographs taken by the likes of Kirk West, Stephen Paley and even Twiggs Lyndon.

So what’s on your Top 10 ABB list? I encourage everyone to comment and share!

-Michelle Wilson
(March 2014)


 
Check out Michelle Wilson's
recent review of Gregg Allman's
My Cross to Bear HERE.
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2 comments:

  1. Okay, I've gotta chime in on this one:

    10. Crazy Love
    09. Please Call Home
    08. Whipping Post
    07. Can't Take it With You
    06. All Night Train
    05. Southbound
    04. Wasted Words
    03. Back Where it All Begins
    02. Ain't Wasting No Time No More
    01. One Way Out

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