Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Allman Brothers Band - Face The Music (1982)



These are studio recordings The Allman Brothers Band made for Arista Records. Yes, I know, their Arista period wasn't their most exciting. But still, it's The Allman Brothers Band! This stuff hasn't been released. For obvious reasons. Apart from the fact that these sound like unfinished demos, it's music that's a long shot from what we love them for. Many songs are sung by an (to me) unfamiliar voice. It looks like they set out to embrace the 80's in all its glorious horror. Lifeless AOR, especially compared to their previous output. And way too few songs sung by Gregg. But I thank Craig for making these available, cause I really needed to check this out. And it's not all bad. Some songs would reappear on other albums. Like "Let It Ride" (re-recorded for "Seven Turns") and "Anything Goes" (re-recorded for Gregg's "I'm No Angel"). And those familiar with the Betts, Hall, Leavell & Trucks Geneva , NY show, will recognize titles like "Lorraine" and "Need Somebody's Help Tonight". R.I.P. David "Frankie" Toler. And thanks to E. for cleaning the sound up a bit. I did some guessing on certain track titles. Sound quality is ok, I suppose, for it being what it is. Of historical interest. Handle with care..

8 comments:

Luc said...

Waouhhhh!!!

mawos said...

Skydog you are "Vir incomparabilis" (lat.)

tellittothedevil said...

Once again you leave me speechless. Thanks for this gem.

OZARK said...

What a nice surprise !!
Best Regards and thanks a lot!!!

Anonymous said...

As you write "...80's in all its glorious horror..". Some songs seems like BOR outtakes. Where do you find these things??. Thanks for the post, never heard about these recordings. Regards.

Skydogg said...

Yup, tip of the hat to Craig. This is pretty awesome.

sr fan said...

thx so much,incredible,keep on rockin'

kobilica said...

Surprise!Never heard about this album.Extra thanks for this rare music...