The Allman Brothers Band are remastering their breakthrough albums from the first decade of their career for a sprawling vinyl box set and hi-res download campaign this summer.
Macon, Georgia’s finest–founded in Jacksonville, Florida by brothers Duane (on slide guitar) and Gregg Allman (on vocals and keyboard), lead guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson–blended Southern rock and country with a jam-band approach in concert, breaking through with the release of the acclaimed double album At Fillmore East in 1971. Though the band were beset by tragedy in their first decade–Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were both killed in separate motorcycle accidents just a year apart in 1971 and 1972–the group achieved incredible crossover success in 1973 with the studio album Brothers and Sisters and its single “Ramblin’ Man,” which peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. charts.
The band broke up in 1976, reforming briefly in 1979 for Enlightened Rogues, their final album for Capricorn Records, and two subsequent albums for Arista. After a hiatus through most of the ’80s, a revived lineup, featuring Allman, Betts, Trucks and Jaimoe alongside a new generation of rockers including bassist Allen Woody, percussionist Marc Quiñones and guitarists Warren Haynes (and later, Trucks’ nephew Derek of The Tedeschi Trucks Band) set out to record and tour, including a long-running series of dates at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
Though The Allman Brothers Band retired in 2014, fans are still discovering their unique sound and style — which has never been more lavishly displayed than in this limited edition vinyl box set due July 29. Limited to only 500 copies and packaged in a peach crate-style box, it includes:
– All eight of the band’s original studio and live albums recorded for ATCO and Capricorn and released between 1969 and 1979, remastered by Kevin Reeves from the original analog masters at 24 bit/192KHz and cut for 180-gram vinyl at Abbey Road Studios using Direct Metal Mastering (DMM)
– The 1973 stereo remix of the group’s self-titled debut, first released on the compilation Beginnings
– The premiere triple-vinyl release of Live At Ludlow Garage 1970, first released on CD in 1990 and expanded in a deluxe reissue of Idlewild South–featuring a newly-released live version of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and an incredible 44-minute version of “Mountain Jam” to close the set
– Meticulously replicated album artwork, featuring all original gatefold sleeves
– An amplifier-shaped USB stick featuring all albums as 16-bit/44.1KHz uncompressed AIFF files
– An astounding amount of extra swag, including four double-sided posters, nine magnets, nine guitar picks and buttons, a deck of playing cards, a trucker cap, a peach-designed turntable mat and microfiber cleaning cloth
The box is available July 29, the same day all nine albums become available for download at 24-bit/192KHz high-resolution audio at all available partners. Get it exclusively through Universal Music Group’s store!
The Allman Brothers Band Vinyl Box Set (Mercury/UMe, 2016)
LPs 1-2: The Allman Brothers Band (ATCO Records SD-33308, 1969 and stereo remix from Beginnings – ATCO Records SD-2805, 1973)
LP 3: Idlewild South (ATCO Records SD-33342, 1970)
LPs 4-5: At Fillmore East (Capricorn Records SD-2802, 1971)
LPs 6-7: Eat a Peach (Capricorn Records 2CP-0102, 1972)
LPs 8-9: Brothers and Sisters (Capricorn Records CP-0111, 1973)
LP 10: Win, Lose or Draw (Capricorn Records CP-0156, 1975)
LPs 11-12: Wipe the Window, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas (Capricorn Records 2CX-0177, 1976)
LP 13: Enlightened Rogues (Capricorn Records CPN-0218, 1979)
LPs 14-16: Live At Ludlow Garage 1970 (Polydor 843 260-2, 1990; replicates configuration released on Idlewild South: Super Deluxe Edition – Mercury 602547346476, 2015)