GREGG ALLMAN – ” Laidback ” Reissue

Posted: July 13, 2019 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Gregg Allman - Laid Back

A pair of Gregg Allman reissues are due next month. The late rocker’s 1973 solo debut, Two years after his death, Gregg Allman’s 1973 solo debut Laid Back, and his 1974 live album, The Gregg Allman Tour, will be released on vinyl on August 30th. To be reissued on August 30th via Mercury/UMe.

Recorded at the same time as the Allman Brothers’ iconic Brothers and Sisters, Laid Back is a densely soulful record,  The album “Laid Back”, which includes Allman’s cover his own “Midnight Rider” in a more mournful, dirge-like manner, and Jackson Browne’s “These Days” gets its most touching and tragic-sounding rendition as well. Although Chuck Leavell and Jaimoe are here, there’s very little that sounds like the Allman Brothers Band — prominent guitars, apart from a few licks by Tommy Talton (Cowboy), are overlooked in favor of gospel-tinged organ and choruses behind Allman’s soulful singing.

The set arrives as part of a two-CD Deluxe Edition that fills out the first disc with early mixes of all eight songs. A second disc contains Allman’s demos, outtakes, rough mixes and a solo live version of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Melissa” recorded at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on April 13th, 1974.

While promoting Laid Back, Allman performed two nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall and a third at the Capitol Theatre with a 24-piece orchestra and the band Cowboy. Highlights from those dates were released on The Gregg Allman Tour, which has been out of print on vinyl since 1987.

In addition to songs from Laid Back and Allman Brothers classics like “Dreams” and “Stand Back,” Allman covered “Turn on Your Love Light” and “I Feel So Bad” on the album. Cowboy, which featured Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell, also perform two songs, “Time Will Take Us” and “Where Can You Go?”.

Allman’s live album The Gregg Allman Tour is also being reissued, pressed for the first time since 1987. Featuring live tracks from Carnegie Hall and the Capitol Theater, the tracklist includes “Oncoming Traffic” and a cover of Elvis Presley’s “I Feel So Bad.” The vinyl edition will be pressed in grey and white marble, modeling the original so that side one and four will be on the first LP, while sides two and three will be on the other.

These Days (Solo Guitar, Piano & Vocal Demo) · Gregg Allman

The Gregg Allman Tour and Laid back , will be released on vinyl on August 30th. To be reissued on August 30th via Mercury/UMe.

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