Saturday, July 29, 2006

Number 992 - Allman Brothers


Number 992

Allman Brothers


"Blue Sky"

(1972)
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Genre:Southern Rock
You gotta love a band who comes from the "South" in the old days and features a black man in the band.... now that's balls!
Even the arse licking Rolling Stone Magazine (don't get me wrong, i like the magazine, but i hate the way they give 5 stars just because a band recorded a ripsnorter in 1856 and never did anything decent after) gave Allman Brothers The Top 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time, ranked number 2.
I should point out that Rolling Stone gave the Number 1 spot to the ever so overrated Jimi Hendrix... Ugh (see what i mean about Rolling Stone).
Anway, Allman Brothers song "Blue Sky" should be listened whilst sitting on the back porch on a beautiful day looking at the countryside while drinking scotch/bourbon. Mmmmmm heaven. (city people just get a photo of cows and grass and you will get the drift)
For Jimi Hendrix see Number 718
What does Rolling Stone think about Allman Bros?
Don't be fooled by the two lead guitars, the two drummers, the legendary concerts that only kicked into gear around the two-hour mark: Boogie-'til-you-puke overkill really isn't a part of the Allman Brothers' recorded legacy. Guitarist Duane and singer-organist Gregg Allman knocked around Los Angeles in the late '60s, polishing their chops in third- billed psychedelic ballroom bands such as the Hour Glass and Allman Joys. Moving back to Macon, GA, in 1968, the Allmans put together a powerhouse outfit of similarly inclined players: second guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley, drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson. At the same time, Duane Allman began doing session work at the Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama--where this skinny white hippie quickly earned a reputation as a stinging, soulful accompanist. Duane and Gregg both exhibited a natural feel for black music that the much-hyped British "blues masters" of the period couldn't begin to match. Growing up in the South, they absorbed gutbucket R&B and sanctified gospel along with the more common influences of soul and freedom jazz, and came up with an unprecedented sound: a searching, polyrhythmic extension of rock. Duane and Dickey Betts shied away from distortion and overamplified special effects; instead, they stroked clean, precise lines out of their Gibsons. On a good night, they seemed to nudge and push each other toward new heights, supported by a massive, rock-solid wall of rhythms. And Gregg's capacity as a blues belter--already startling when he was in his early 20s—grows deeper and more resonant with time. ~ [Source:Rollng Stone - From The New Rolling Stone Album Guide]
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at (Nope they hated it) and the Album ranked at Number (Hey they gave it a Top 100 Guitarists Award so shup!)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 45.4 out of 108

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