The Allman Brothers Band - Essential

The Allman Brothers Band - Essential
American Trad Rock, Blues-Rock, Boogie Rock, Southern Rock
Release Date:
March 28, 2006

The Allman Brothers Band Essential, issued by Madacy, is one of the more bizarre packaging exercises in music history. This two-disc collection -- with liner notes that would be more appropriate in a juvenile encyclopedia -- is as close to misleading (can you say rip-off?) as one is likely to find. The first disc is debatable as to how essential it is anyway; who ever heard of an essential Allman Brothers compilation that didn't include "Ramblin' Man"? This one culls tracks from the band's albums ranging from their first to Win, Lose or Draw. But it's disc two that's utterly crazy. Apparently, someone in the department who assembles these collections either got lazy or is a huge fan of the Enlightened Rogues album: disc two of this "essential" comp features a straight reissue -- complete with the Capricorn label stamped on it -- of Enlightened Rogues! We've seen some weird things, but we're still scratching our heads over this one. This should have been titled "Some Essential Allman Brothers and Other Stuff." Avoid at all costs.

Midnight RiderThe Allman Brothers Band2:58
Whipping PostThe Allman Brothers Band5:22
Little MarthaThe Allman Brothers Band2:10
Hoochie Coochie ManThe Allman Brothers Band4:57
Ain't Wastin' Time No MoreThe Allman Brothers Band4:19
Statesboro BluesThe Allman Brothers Band4:20
JessicaThe Allman Brothers Band7:30
Win, Lose or DrawThe Allman Brothers Band4:47
RevivalThe Allman Brothers Band4:06
Trouble No MoreThe Allman Brothers Band3:49
Hot 'LantaThe Allman Brothers Band5:23
Stormy MondayThe Allman Brothers Band8:47

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