Early Music From Allman Brothers Gets Reissued

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Very early music from members of the Allman Brothers Band will be released individually on CD for the first time and on vinyl for the first time in decades. The four albums include Duane Allman and Gregg Allman’s 1966 LP, Allman Joys, a pair of Hour Glass releases, and the 31st of February demos from Duane and Gregg, arrive March 27.

From the Feb. 13 announcement: Formed just out of high school and originally called The Escorts and then Allman Joys, Duane and Gregg Allman recorded the band’s only session work in August 1966, which wouldn’t be released until 1973 and has been out of print since. After the Allman Joys went their own ways, Duane and Gregg formed Hour Glass, releasing their self-titled debut in 1967 and Power of Love in 1968, both on the Liberty label.

You can hear moments of what would become guitarist Duane Allman’s signature licks, as well as his younger brother Gregg’s Hammond B-3 prowess and soulful, bluesy voice.

The fourth release is a September 1968 recording session for Scott Boyer, David Brown and ABB drummer Butch Trucks’ band the 31st of February. These demo sessions for their second, unreleased album feature probably the earliest versions of Gregg Allman’s hit “Melissa,” and would be released as Duane & Gregg in May 1972.

The Allman Brothers Band formed in March 1969, and the original lineup of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley and Dickey Betts would go on to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, bolstered by their definitive 1971 live album, At Fillmore East. The band are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and were given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

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