I've had them since they were released.
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Have them both as well.
Interesting side note, I have seen the Allmans play a version of The Weight that is pretty true to the albums version twice in the past year. Derek playing the Duanes slide part well. Susan Tedeschi did a good job on the Aretha style vocals, and the other time was also with Ruthie Foster.
This thread brought back a fond memory. Back in the day there used to be this R&R 'tribe'. A group of musicians playing on each other's albums; Joe Cockers Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Leon Russell's band, the Dominoes, and the back-up band for Delaney & Bonnie. Probably D&B's biggest record was 'On Tour feat. Eric Clapton'. Anyhow, D&B showed up at the Westbury Music Fair NY for a show and as they get on stage a lot of the audience (me included) start yellin' out, "where's Eric!?". To which Delaney very politely sez; "we're sorry but Eric couldn't make it tonight, but we have this other guitarist that we hope you'll enjoy, ladies and gents, Duane Allman!!". At this time I think the 1st Allman Bros. had just been released, definetely prior to 'Idlewild South' and 'Layla'. The music fair was this little theater-in-the-round, very intimate. D&B's music was like a R&R/Soul/Country/Electric/Acoustic revue and man, they took no prisoners that night, they absolutely killed! And what can I say about Duane Allman (I mean, they brought him in to fill in for Eric Clapton, f'chrissake!!;), he was such a special player, truly smokin'!!! I was fortunate to catch him one more time with the Allman Bros. during their week-long engagement at the Fillmore where the live record was taken from. It amazes me that his name isn't hardly brought up when reading various 'guitar gods' threads here and elsewhere, he died way too soon.
Nice memory, Chazro.
I saw the post Duane Brothers in 81 or 82, at Cornell University's Barton Hall (site of some justly famous Dead shows). Place was a half full, maybe a few thousand people; you could wander right up to the stage. 45 minute encore: Statesboro, Whipping Post, Ramblin Man. Dickie B went to town; among my most memorable live rock experiences :) John
Actually, Chazro, Duane Allman is ranked as the second greatest guitar player of all time in Rolling Stone magazine's top 100 list. Jimi Hendrix being first.
Here's the link for those who are interested.
The Anthology albums have so many killer tunes on them but the one song that inspired me to buy them was "Loan Me A Dime" by Boz Scags. I heard it late at night on an obscure radio station. After the song was over the DJ said "The only place you'll be able to find that song is on the Duane Allman Anthology album. From them on I was hooked. I also dig "You Reap What You Sow" by Otis Rush.
You gonna be mournin in the morning
Yes baby, cause you made your bed that way
A solid ditto to Hazard's comment on Boz Scaggs' "Loan Me a Dime", one of the top songs on the first Anthology. Another great song on that album is "Go'in Down Slow", a very poignant portrayal of a guy too far gone to recover health and strength, but not so far gone to long for redemption.
I too, have had these two albums since their release. In my opinion they belong in any serious record collection.
"Loan Me A Dime" can be found on Boz' first LP and on his Anthology LP. Yes, a very memorable song. KSHE radio (real rock radio) in StL would play that song each saturday night @ 11:45. I knew I had better start home (when I had a curfew)when that song started in order to arrive before the midnight hour.