Laid Back (album)

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Laid Back
Studio album by Gregg Allman
Released October 1973
Recorded March 1973, Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, Georgia
Record Plant, Sausalito, California[1]
Genre Southern rock
Length 35:27
Label Capricorn
Producer Johnny Sandlin and Gregg Allman
Gregg Allman chronology
Laid Back
(1973)
Gregg Allman Tour
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (B)[4]

Laid Back is a 1973 album by Gregg Allman and was released on the Capricorn Records label. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts in 1974.

Allmusic stated: "Recorded in the same year as the Brothers and Sisters album, this solo debut release is a beautiful amalgam of R&B, folk, and gospel sounds, with the best singing on any of Gregg Allman's solo releases." In Rolling Stone, reviewer Tony Glover said "Laid Back isn't quite what you'd expect from Gregg's work with the Brothers Band. Instead, it's a moody LP, often tinged with grandeur, and maybe just a little too rich and one-colored in spots. But on the whole, a moving look at another side of a finely charismatic singer/writer."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Gregg Allman; except where indicated

  1. "Midnight Rider" (Allman, Robert Kim Payne) – 4:28
  2. "Queen of Hearts" – 6:17
  3. "Please Call Home" – 2:48
  4. "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing" (Oliver Sain) – 4:13
  5. "These Days" (Jackson Browne) – 3:56
  6. "Multi-Colored Lady" – 4:55
  7. "All My Friends" (Scott Boyer) – 4:32
  8. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (Traditional; arranged by Allman & Johnny Sandlin) – 4:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Gregg Allman – vocals, organ, acoustic guitar
  • Bill Stewart – drums
  • Chuck Leavell – acoustic and electric pianos, vibes
  • Tommy Talton – acoustic, electric and slide guitars, dobro and tambourine
  • Scott Boyer – acoustic, electric and steel guitars, electric piano
  • David Brown – bass
  • Buzz Feiten – guitar
  • Charlie Hayward – bass
  • Paul Hornsby – organ, keyboards, clavinet
  • Jai Johanny Johanson – percussion, conga
  • Carl Hall – background vocals
  • Hilda Harris – background vocals
  • Cissy Houston – background vocals
  • Emily Houston – background vocals
  • June McGruder – background vocals
  • Helene Miles – background vocals
  • Linda November – background vocals
  • Eileen Gilbert – background vocals
  • Maretha Stewart – background vocals
  • Albertine Robinson – background vocals
  • Jim Nalls – guitar
  • David "Fathead" Newman – saxophone
  • Johnny Sandlin – bass
  • Butch Trucks – percussion, cabasa
  • Ed Freeman – strings
  • Max Cahn – violin
  • Tony Posk – violin

Production notes[edit]

  • Johnny Sandlin – producer, arranger, engineer
  • David Boyd - personal manager
  • Ovie Sparks – engineer
  • Buddy Thornton – engineer
  • George Marino – engineer, mastering
  • Jim Reeves – engineer
  • Abdul Mati Klarwein – album cover art

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sutherland, Sam (October 6, 1973). "Studio Track". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 85 (40): 14. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review