The loss of Gregg Allman has me looking back at a stunning discography which started in 1969 with the Allman Brothers self-titled album. The last record for the group was ‘Hitting’ The Note’ in 2003. A total of 12 studio albums, six (official) live albums and countless bootleg recordings and band sanctioned collections of their shows.
5. Statesboro Blues (Live at the Fillmore)
This was a defining moment in the history of the Allmans legacy of energetic live sets. A cover of Blinde Wille McTell ‘Stateboro Blues’ (originally recorded in 1928) which really showcases what Duane Allman can do on slide guitar.
4. Ramblin’ Man
Arguably the biggest hit from the Allman Brothers, Ramblin’ Man has to make the list. It’s been used in countless movie soundtracks and is the first song you think of when you think of the group. It has to make the list!
3. Blue Sky
One of the last songs recorded by Duane Allman before his death. Duane died before their ‘Eat A Peach’ album was released in 1972
2. Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider, again, on so many film soundtracks and cherished by fans as a stunning example of what the Allman Brothers brought to the table. Midnight Rider is the ultimate song for any motorcycle enthusiast
1. Whipping Post
Despite a load of gems in the bands catalogue most will always agree that ‘Whipping Post’ is their greatest song. A unique time-signature (11/4 for the musicians in the crowd) for the intro and showstopping vocals from Gregg Allman. There are also a thousand different versions of the song out there on various bootlegs and live recordings.
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