In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the pioneering band’s founding, five of The Allman Brothers Band’s most beloved albums will be reissued on vinyl in special color variants. The albums will be released on July 19 through UMC/Mercury.
The first album receiving the color vinyl treatment is The Allman Brothers Band, the group’s debut that was originally released in November 1969. With such fan favorites as “Dreams” and “Whipping Post,” the album introduced audiences to their unique blend of blues, rock, and jazz jams. The Allman Brothers Band will be reissued on marbled brown and black vinyl.
Idlewild South followed as the band’s next studio effort, named after the cabin the band used for rehearsals. First released in September of 1970, Idlewild South was a collaboration with legendary producer Tom Dowd. The fruitful pairing brought an excellent album that includes some of the band’s best-known tracks, particularly the live staple “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and the classic rock anthem “Midnight Rider.” For this special-edition LP reissue, Idlewild South will be pressed on translucent vinyl.
Next up is At Fillmore East, one of the legendary live albums of all time. The album was recorded over three nights at the famed New York venue and was a breakthrough for the band. Their extended jams on “Elizabeth Reed,” “You Don’t Love Me,” and the incendiary “Whipping Post” remain cornerstones of the classic rock era. Indeed, the album was chosen to be preserved in perpetuity in the Library of Congress by the National Recording Registry as a result of its cultural, historical, and aesthetic merits. Now, it will be reissued on red and black marbled vinyl.
Eat A Peach was the band’s next album, a mix of studio tracks and live recordings and notably the final album to feature Duane Allman. The live material is sourced from those famous March 1971 Fillmore East recordings (though “One Way Out” was taped at a later concert in June), while the studio material was cut at Criteria Studios, Miami in the fall of that year. Highlights include a half-hour rendition of “Mountain Jam” spread across sides two and four featuring solos by every member onstage; a reinterpretation of the Elmore James tune “One Way Out”; and the radio hits “Melissa” and “Blue Sky.” The double-album will be reissued on orange and yellow marbled vinyl.
Finally, Brothers and Sisters, the band’s 1973 album, will be pressed on translucent green vinyl. The album was recorded at Capricorn in Macon, GA and the down-home environment left an impression on the album’s material, which includes two of the Allman Brothers Band’s evergreen classic tracks: their lone hit single “Ramblin’ Man” (which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100) and “Jessica,” which remains a fixture on the radio, and in television and movies.
These five albums make up some of The Allman Brothers Band’s most acclaimed material. Vinyl aficionados and southern rock fans will want to clear off some space for these special color vinyl editions, available on July 19 exclusively at the UDiscover Music Online Shop!