Broth­ers band to­gether for top sev­en­ties’ al­bum

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jim Mil­ton

Air­drie mu­sic fan Jim Mil­ton presents his lat­est ‘Hid­den Trea­sure’ fea­ture by putting the All­man Broth­ers Band’s 1973 re­lease Broth­ers and Sis­ters un­der the spot­light.

Who? – Fore­run­ners of the thriv­ing “south­ern rock” move­ment to orig­i­nate out of Amer­ica’s south­ern states in the late 60s. En­com­pass­ing el­e­ments of coun­try, folk and blues, the genre claimed the All­man Broth­ers as its chief ex­po­nents. Deeply af­fected by the deaths of founder mem­bers Duane All­man and Berry Oak­ley, three Ma­con Ge­or­gia blocks and al­most ex­actly a year apart, the band sur­vived through var­i­ous per­son­nel changes to carry on a stop-start ca­reer that only came to its lat­est halt in 2014.

What? – The band’s fifth al­bum and the first fol­low­ing Duane and Berry’s deaths, Broth­ers and Sis­ters only qual­i­fies as a ‘hid­den trea­sure’ in the re­spect that it was the band’s first re­lease af­ter a twin tragedy few thought they could re­cover from.

It also came af­ter the plat­inum sell­ing Eat a Peach and At Fill­more East, ac­claimed crit­i­cally as one of the great­est live al­bums in rock mu­sic his­tory.

When? – Recorded Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber 1972 and re­leased on Capricorn Records, the fol­low­ing Au­gust.

With? – Re­plac­ing Berry Oak­ley and Duane All­man and join­ing core founders Gregg All­man, Betts and drum­mers Butch Trucks and Jai Jo­hanny Jo­han­son (or plain Jaimoe) La­mar Williams on bass and pi­anist Chuck Leavell.

Ses­sion help from Les Dudek and Capricorn buddy, Tommy Tal­ton.

Stand-out? – Ram­blin’ Man and Jes­sica, a long-run­ning theme tune for BBC2 mo­tor­ing show Top Gear, have be­come iconic rock sta­ples while the Betts-penned South­bound grew into a par­tic­u­lar favourite dur­ing the band’s live set.

What hap­pened next? – What didn’t? Of all the 70s bands, the All­mans suf­fered more than most at the hands of internal bust-ups and wan­ton ex­cess.

Sales of the band’s sub­se­quent recorded out­put plum­meted in line with its dwin­dling qual­ity whilst con­versely, their stock as a live at­trac­tion grew and grew.

They reg­u­larly grossed $100,000 per show with their 1973 ap­pear­ance at the Watkins Glen Sum­mer Jam, New York, ac­com­pa­nied by the Band and the Grate­ful Dead, en­ter­ing the Guin­ness Book of Records for the largest con­cert au­di­ence (600,000) ever.

Fam­ily af­fair The cover for the Brother and Sis­ters al­bum

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