Brothers and Sisters (album)
|Brothers and Sisters|
|Studio album by The Allman Brothers Band|
|Recorded||October - December 1972
Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, GA
|Genre||Southern rock, country rock, blues rock|
The Allman Brothers Band
|The Allman Brothers Band chronology|
Brothers and Sisters is the fifth album by The Allman Brothers Band, released in 1973.
The group's first album recorded completely after the death of leader Duane Allman, and mostly after the death of bassist Berry Oakley, Brothers and Sisters saw the Allmans reach a commercial peak. The album logged five weeks at #1 on the U.S. albums chart, and moreover contained their only hit single, Dickey Betts' country-tinged "Ramblin' Man", which climbed to #2 on the U.S. singles chart. Betts, billed as Richard on this album, came to the forefront by also writing the album's other most prominent tracks, the buoyant instrumental "Jessica", the FM radio-friendly "Southbound" (sung by Gregg Allman), and the country blues hybrid "Pony Boy". The group's sound was also somewhat different, with new pianist Chuck Leavell acting as the other lead instrument instead of the band's former trademark dual lead guitars.
The front album cover features a photograph of Vaylor Trucks, the son of drummer Butch Trucks and his wife Linda. The back cover features a photograph of Brittany Oakley, the daughter of bassist Berry Oakley and his wife Linda.
- "Wasted Words" (Gregg Allman) - 4:20
- "Ramblin' Man" (Richard Betts) - 4:48
- "Come and Go Blues" (Gregg Allman) - 4:54
- "Jelly Jelly" (Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines) - 5:46
- "Southbound" (Richard Betts) - 5:11
- "Jessica" (Richard Betts) - 7:31
- "Pony Boy" (Richard Betts) - 5:51
Early pressings of the album were confused about the contents, with the label listing "Jelly Jelly", the album insert listing "Early Morning Blues", and the album cover listing neither. Even later versions seemed confused over who wrote "Jelly Jelly", some attributing it to Trade Martin while others crdited Gregg Allman. In fact, the song appears to be largely derived from a blues standard from the 1940's by Billy Eckstine and Earl Hines.
|1973||Billboard Pop Albums||1|
- Gregg Allman – lead and background vocals, organ, rhythm guitar
- Richard Betts – lead vocals, lead and slide guitar, dobro
- Berry Oakley – bass (first two tracks)
- Lamar Williams – bass (remaining tracks)
- Chuck Leavell - piano, electric piano, background vocals
- Jaimoe – drums, congas
- Butch Trucks – drums, percussion, tympani, congas
- Les Dudek – co-lead guitar on "Ramblin' Man", acoustic guitar on "Jessica"
- Tommy Talton - acoustic guitar on "Pony Boy"
A Passion Play by Jethro Tull
|Billboard 200 number one album
September 8, 1973 - October 12, 1973
Goats Head Soup by The Rolling Stones
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