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Duane Allman

Duane Allman lives on in the hearts and minds of those he touched with his music. Duane was dynamic, charismatic, and very much alive. So much so that many of us feel his presence today when we listen to his music. Ed Shane hosted Duane Allman in 1970 on a one hour radio broadcast he called The Duane Allman Hour (it was a one-time event). Duane talks about life, music, Clapton, forming the Allman Brothers, the first two albums, and many other things. Later that year, Duane bopped into WABC-FM's studios in New York where he was interviewed (?!) by Dave Herman. Duane was -on- and this is a fun interview as well as another glimpse into Duane's philosophy of life. Darned perceptive 23 year old. The exact date of the interview was Dec. 9, 1970. There isn't much video out with Duane on it. There was a commercial video done at the Fillmore on September 23, 1970, and a 30 minute or so piece is circulated among traders, usually in pretty bad shape from multiple generations of copying. Planet Dobro is a web site dedicated to slide guitar; they have a piece of the 9/23/70 show online. Beginnings Duane told interviewer Tony Glover that at the start of the '60s "One year Gregg got a guitar for Christmas and I got me a Harley 165 motorcycle. I tore that up and he learned to play. He taught me and I traded the wrecked bike parts for another guitar." By 1961, Duane and Gregg were playing at teen dances around Daytona Beach, where they had lived since 1959. In 1963 they were in the House Rockers before organizing the Allman Joys. The Allman Joys toured bars in the SE and made their first single, a remake of "Spoonful" by Willie Dixon. In the late '60s they moved to Los Angeles and became part of a group called Hourglass, that put out two albums, "Hour Glass" and "Power of Love". The band had no control over their material. As Duane said, "They'd send in a box of demos and say, 'Okay, pick out your next LP.' We'd try to tell them that wasn't where it was at. Then they'd get tough." Disgusted, Duane returned to Florida where he hooked up with the drummer from the 31st of February, Butch Trucks. On many occasions they crossed paths with a band led by Dickey Betts that included bassist Berry Oakley.

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Album Review

Allman Brothers Band: Syria Mosque Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971

Read "Syria Mosque Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971" reviewed by Doug Collette

On the surface, The Allman Brother Band's Syria Mosque Pittsburgh, PA January 17, 1971, would appear to be just another in a long line of live releases featuring the original six-man lineup of the archetypal Southern blues- rockers. It is, however, markedly superior on many fronts. Granted, this title hardly renders obsolete ABB's seminal concert release At Fillmore East (Capricorn, 1971). And while the audience recording that is The Final Note (ABBRC, 2020) does not compare favorably to ...


At Fillmore East

Read "At Fillmore East" reviewed by John Coltelli

A Band of Brothers... 50th Anniversary Allman Brothers At Fillmore East Recently, while excavating at an archeological dig better known as the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in jny: Cleveland, Ohio an intrepid tourist lingered long and hard at a find containing the remnants of a long forgotten tribe once known as The Allman Brothers Band. A band of brothers if you will. These ancients in a modern world were known for utilizing wooden sticks, ...

Album Review

Allman Brothers Band: The Final Note - Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71

Read "The Final Note - Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The obvious significance of The Final Note -Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71 is evident in the title. This was the last performance by guitarist and Allman Brothers Band founder Duane Allman before his motorcycle-related death 12 days later. An audience recording made on a 60- minute cassette tape by radio music journalist Sam Idas, the performance sounds exactly like that, an audience live recording, probably like the myriad of similar recordings made of the Grateful Dead by ...

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Allman Brothers Band: Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection

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The gold-embossed lettering on the front and back cover of the roughly 5" by 7" slipcase enclosing the Allman Brothers Band's box set Trouble No More belies its otherwise generic art work. Yet the graphic design isn't all that gives the lie to an otherwise positive first impression gleaned from 50th Anniversary Collection. A glance at the sixty-one tune track-listing plus a cursory perusal of Kirk West's stellar photos inside the eighty-eight page booklet are also somewhat deceiving: while this ...


Duane Allman at 70: A Reflection

Read "Duane Allman at 70: A Reflection" reviewed by Alan Bryson

The actor James Dean once said, “If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live after he's died, then maybe he was a great man." James Dean is perhaps the charter member of a modern subset of such individuals who, due to modern technology, live on in the consciousness of others. They remain frozen in time—ascendant, vibrant, and youthful. When you think of James Dean, chances are you can visualize his magnetic ...

Book Review

Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman by Galadrielle Allman

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Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman Galadrielle Allman 400 Pages ISBN: # 978-1400068944 Spiegel & Grau 2014 Galadrielle Allman was two-years old when her father, Allman Brothers Band founder Duane Allman, was killed in a motorcycle accident October 29, 1971. Since that time, she has been chasing a phantom and that chase has manifested as Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman. It ...

Extended Analysis

Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective

Read "Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If a musical note has a soul, Duane Allman could slide up to it and hold it beneath a Coricidin bottle in a tremolo seizure of sonic perfection until it screamed. Whether it is the whiplash introduction to “Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" or the most perfect electric blues performance recorded on “One Way Out," Allman had a certain radioactive intuition that translated into fire, grace and passion. Like Schubert, Allman made hay while the sun was shining, ...

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Duane Allman: Studio Picker

Duane Allman: Studio Picker

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

The name Duane Allman makes you think of the Allman Brothers Band and the birth of Southern rock—which uses the blues to create long, improvised electric guitar solos. But as I write in today's Wall Street Journal—in a preview of Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, a new seven-CD boxed set—the late guitarist actually paid his dues as a prolific studio musician on pop, rock and R&B sessions. Duane and his brother Gregg grew up in Daytona Beach, Fla., forming their ...


Duane Allman 'Skydog' retrospective chronicles groundbreaking career

Duane Allman 'Skydog' retrospective chronicles groundbreaking career

Source: conqueroo

Even if he’d never formed The Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman would be a major figure in American popular music. Long before his name became known to mainstream audiences, he had already established his credentials as a once-in-a-lifetime guitar visionary, leaving his unmistakable stamp on a broad array of recordings. On March 5, 2013, Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, will release the most ambitious retrospective of Allman’s short but influential career titled Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective. ...


Video / DVD

Sat Eye Candy: Duane Allman

Sat Eye Candy: Duane Allman

Source: JamBase

TRULY A HOLY ROLLIN' SOUND Duane Allman would have turned 64-years-old today. We couldn't let the day pass without tipping our hat to Skydog and honoring the ever-lingering legacy of one of the 20th Century's most influential musicians. (Dennis Cook) We begin with some insights into Duane's genius and contribution to music. The combination of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts remains one of the finest, most ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Syria Mosque...

The Allman Brothers Band Recording Company


Trouble No More: 50th...

Universal Music Group


The Final Note -...

Allman Brothers Band Recording Company


Skydog: The Duane...

Rounder Records


At Fillmore East

Polydor Records




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