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The Gregg Allman Band [extended]

  • Laid Back [Capricorn, 1973] B
  • Playin' Up a Storm [Capricorn, 1977] B+
  • Low Country Blues [Rounder, 2011] **

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Gregg Allman: Laid Back [Capricorn, 1973]
Gregg still doesn't know the difference between drawling slowly and singing soulfully, and it isn't tragedy that makes him sound so doleful, it's a limited formal imagination. That said, it must be admitted that he puts a lot into "These Days" and "Midnight Rider," and that the reason you can listen to such originals as "Please Call Home" and "Multicolored Lady" isn't the writing. B

Playin' Up a Storm [Capricorn, 1977]
One expected the new band to cook, but the spiced-up song formulas are a surprise--and the timing, grit, and passion of Gregg's singing simply astonishing. My wife thinks Cher must be the first woman ever to make him feel something, while I suspect a sibling rivalry is brewing with Dickey. First round to (Cher) (big brother). B+

Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues [Rounder, 2011]
The reason the only one he wrote is called "Just Another Rider" is that he's finally content to let better songs than his own carry him home ("Floating Bridge," "Devil Got My Woman") **