The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach on Numbered Edition 180g 2LP
1972 Double LP Split Between Live and Studio Fare - Last Appearance of Fallen Member Duane Allman on an Official Release
Tributes to fallen icons donâ€™t come any more poignant or illustrative than Eat a Peach
. Released in early 1972, slightly more than three months after guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident, the double album honors the musician via sides he recorded in the studio as well as several live performances that didnâ€™t fit on the mammoth At Fillmore East. The Allman Brothers Band, determined to press on, also contributes a trio of songs completed after their soulmateâ€™s passing. Its execution is near perfect, its concept timeless.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on dead-quiet vinyl RTI, our 180g 2LP of Eat a Peach
joins the unparalleled reissue imprintâ€™s other Allman titles in presenting the superlative ensembleâ€™s work in the most lifelike, uncompromising fidelity possible. Not only is the punch of the concert fare transmitted with full-range dynamics and realistic spaciousness, but the studio cutsâ€”in particular, the acoustically framed â€œMelissaâ€ and â€œLittle Marthaâ€â€”come through with astounding clarity and body, replete with textural richness that affords listeners images of fingers on frets and sticks hitting drum skins.
In all probability, the Allman Brothers Band wouldâ€™ve leapt to the fore of musicâ€™s commercial and critical elite had it not been for Duaneâ€™s fateful motorcycle accident that altered history and the trajectory of the groupâ€™s course. A statement of purpose and homage, Eat a Peach
extends the guitaristâ€™s legacy in the form of three heart-racing live tunes recorded at Fillmore East, none more important than the nearly 34-minute harmonic showcase â€œMountain Jam.â€ Begun at the end of â€œWhipping Postâ€ during the final show of the groupâ€™s four-gig stand, the tour de force improvisation finds the band at the peak of its telepathic aural and communicative capacities.
Not that the three studio originals with Duane are by any means forgettable. â€œBlue Skyâ€ epitomizes the gorgeously elegant colors with which the late virtuoso could paint while the heart-stopping sentimental feel of â€œLittle Marthaâ€ finds just he and Dickey Betts engaged in spiritual communion. To this extent, the band continues a mellower vibe on the hit â€œMelissa,â€ a country-rock ballad that taps into a melancholy feel largely courtesy of Gregg Allmanâ€™s weary vulnerability and Bettsâ€™ lyrical, slap-back-echoing guitar lines.
Yet nothing here eclipses the direct meaning and steadfast intent of the record-opening â€œAinâ€™t Wastinâ€™ Time No More,â€ a defiant showing of unity and understated anthem with which the band seemed to embrace as a motto. No one knew, however, that fate would again subvert the groupâ€™s plans even if it could never take away the magic held within Eat a Peach
, sonic and lyrical sorcery that extends to the legendary gatefold-artwork mural.
The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach Track Listing:
1. Ainâ€™t Wastinâ€™ Time No More
2. Les Brers in A Minor
4. Mountain Jam
5. One Way Out
6. Trouble No More
7. Stand Back
8. Blue Sky
9. Little Martha