Eat a Peach
|Eat a Peach|
|Studio album / Live album by The Allman Brothers Band|
|Released||February 12, 1972|
|Recorded||March - December 1971 at Criteria Studios, Miami, FL and live at The Fillmore East, New York City, NY|
|Genre||Southern rock, blues rock|
|The Allman Brothers Band chronology|
Eat a Peach is the fourth album by the Southern rock group the Allman Brothers Band. Released on February 12, 1972, it contains a combination of studio and live material. Their second double album, it was the last to include founding member and lead and slide guitar player Duane Allman, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971.
This album came close on the heels of their breakthrough At Fillmore East (1971) set and featured live tracks that did not make it onto that album, including boogie classic "One Way Out" and two entire album sides devoted to "Mountain Jam", a 33-minute improvisation based on Donovan's song "There Is a Mountain."
The remainder of the album was recorded in-studio and served to cement the band's reputation as innovative Southern rockers. Only three studio tracks were recorded with Duane Allman, including his own acoustic composition, "Little Martha," the lilting "Blue Sky" (which became an album-oriented rock radio staple) and the Berry Oakley penned "Stand Back." Following their leader's death, the group re-recorded Gregg Allman's "Melissa," one of his brother's favorite songs. Betts composed "Les Brers in A Minor," while Gregg Allman's "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" served as both a quiet generational anthem and a personal statement of purpose by the band in the face of Duane's death.
The widespread story regarding the origin of the album's title, that the truck involved in Duane's fatal motorcycle accident was a peach truck, is not correct; the truck involved was a flatbed lumber truck. Rather the album name came from something Duane said in an interview shortly before he was killed. When asked what he was doing to help the revolution, Duane replied, "There ain't no revolution, it's evolution, but every time I'm in Georgia I eat a peach for peace." The album's name was originally slated to be The Kind We Grow in Dixie and the artwork for the album showed a peach. Band members were dissatisfied with the name and the image suggested Duane's quote instead.
Album cover art
The album art was selected by Rolling Stone magazine in 1991 as one of the 100 greatest album covers of all time. The album cover, including an elaborate gatefold mural featuring a fantasy landscape of mushroom and fairies, was by J. F. Holmes and D. Powell of Wonder Graphics.
- "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" (Gregg Allman) – 3:40 (c)
- "Les Brers in A Minor" (Dickey Betts) – 9:03 (c)
- "Melissa" (Gregg Allman) – 3:54 (c)
- "Mountain Jam" (Donovan Leitch/Duane Allman/Gregg Allman/Dickey Betts/Jai Johanny Johansen/Berry Oakley/Butch Trucks) – 33:38 (a)
- "One Way Out" (Marshall Sehorn/Elmore James) – 4:58 (b)
- "Trouble No More" (Muddy Waters) – 3:43 (a)
- "Stand Back" (Gregg Allman/Berry Oakley) – 3:24 (c)
- "Blue Sky" (Dickey Betts) – 5:09 (c)
- "Little Martha" (Duane Allman) – 2:07 (c)
- (a)Recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York City, New York, March 12 & 13, 1971.
- (b)Recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York City, New York, June 27, 1971.
- (c)Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, September through December 1971.
On the original LP, side one consisted of the first three tracks — studio numbers recorded after Duane's death. Side two starts the live material with Duane and consisted of the first 19:37 of "Mountain Jam". Side three consisted of two live tracks and three more studio numbers recorded with Duane. Side four consisted of the final 15:06 of "Mountain Jam" including some initial overlap with the end of side two.
2006 Deluxe Edition
Released on May 23, 2006, Eat a Peach Deluxe Edition features a remastered version of the original album on disc one, while disc two showcases the complete performance of the band at the final June 27, 1971, Fillmore East concert:
- "Statesboro Blues" – 4:28
- "Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’" – 3:46
- "Done Somebody Wrong" – 3:38
- "One Way Out" – 5:08
- "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" – 12:51
- "Midnight Rider" – 3:11
- "Hot 'Lanta" – 5:51
- "Whipping Post" – 20:06
- "You Don’t Love Me" – 17:24
- Duane Allman: slide and lead guitars, acoustic guitar in "Little Martha" (Tracks 4-9)
- Gregg Allman - organ, vocals, piano, electric piano, acoustic guitar
- Dickey Betts - slide and lead guitars, vocals,
- Jai Johanny Johanson - drums, congas
- Berry Oakley - bass
- Butch Trucks - drums, percussion, tympani, gong, vibes, tambourine
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