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e54f619009a0c5cd6b5f7110.LThe Allman Brothers are one of the seminal southern blues/rock bands and have had a past of ups and downs that involved loss and conflicts. Founding member Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Berry Oakley died in late 1972 from another motorcycle accident. Personality differences and drugs did the rest for a number of years. Gregg Allman was persona non grata for many years for testifying against a friend of the band because of federal drug charges against him.

They still work today with three original members and other musicians.

DREAMS is a four CD boxed set covering their career. All permutations of the band and some solo work. Unless otherwise attributed, all songs were released as by The Allman Brothers band

DISC 1:

Shape of things – The Allman Joys
Spoonful – The Allman Joys
Crossroads – The Allman Joys
Cast Off All My Fears – Hour Glass
Down In Texas – Hour Glass
Ain’t No Good To Cry – Hour Glass
BB King Medley – Hour Glass
Morning Dew – The 31st of February
God rest His Soul – The 31st of February
I Feel Free – The Second Coming
She Has Funny Cars – The Second Coming
Goin’ Down Slow – Duane Allman
Dreams
Don’t Want You No More
It’s Not My Cross To Bear
Trouble No More
Dreams

DISC 2

Statesboro Blues
Hoochie Coochie Man
Midnight rider
Dimples
I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts of Town
Revival
One More Ride
Whipping Post
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Drunken Hearted Boy

DISC 3

You Don’t Love Me/Soul Serenade
Blue Sky
Little Martha
Melissa
Ain’t Wasting Time No More
Wasted Words
Ramblin’ Man
Southbound
Jessica
Midnight Rider – Gregg Allman
One Way Out
Long Time Gone – Dickie Betts

DISC 4

Don’t Lose What You Never Had
Come And Go Blues – The Gregg Allman Band
Bougainvillea – Dickie Betts & Great Southern
Can You Fool – Gregg Allman & Woman
Good Time Feeling – Dickie Betts & Great Southern
Crazy Love
Can’t Take It With You
Just Ain’t Easy
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
Angeline
Things You Used To Do
Nancy – Dickie Betts
Rain – Gregg Allman
I’m No Angel – The Gregg Allman Band
Demons – The Gregg Allan Band
Duane’s Tune – The Dickie Betts Band

It’s a fine set if one likes the band.

Here’s my two favorite numbers, perhaps the best known Brothers/Gregg Allman songs. At least for me.

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