Legendary Southern blues-rockers The Allman Brothers Band cut a singular path through the rock world between the years 1969 and 1979. In that decade, they released eight stunningly assured albums, among them the classic studio outings Idlewild South (1970) and Eat A Peach (1972, bolstered with a few live cuts), and the bar-raising live album At Fillmore East, as well as capturing the concert recordings that would make up Live At Ludlow Garage: 1970, which didn’t see the light of day until 1990.
With most of these albums having been given acclaimed expanded reissues, all eight, plus Live At Ludlow Garage: 1970, are now being released worldwide on 180g vinyl on 22 July. In order to give fans the fullest experience of the Allmans’ fantastic recordings, debut album The Allman Brothers Band will appear in a 2LP edition featuring the original 1969 stereo mix and the 1973 Beginnings stereo mix, while Live At Ludlow Garage: 1970 will be presented as a lavish triple-disc set that includes ‘In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed’ (which didn’t make the original 1990 release of the album) and boasts the longest ever recording of ‘Mountain Jam’, clocking in at a jaw-dropping 45 minutes. Remastered by Kevin Reeves to to 192kHz/24-bit audio, and cut on copper plates using Abbey Road Mastering’s Direct Metal Mastering line, these albums have never sounded so good.
Though hardcore fans have undoubtedly been well served by the Allmans’ extensive reissue campaign, a strictly limited edition Georgia-style solid wood peach crate box set, housing all the albums across 15 LPs, will be made available exclusively in the US and is truly something to behold. Limited to 500 copies, the crate will also include a selection of extras, among them a half-stack amplifier-shaped 8GB USB stick that contains downloadable 441.kHz/16-bit AIFF audio files of each of the albums; four double-sided Allmans posters; nine magnets and pins featuring each album’s artwork; a deck of Allman Brothers-branded playing cards; an Allmans trucker cap; and a record deck slipmat. Measuring 15.25” x 13.625” x 13.625”, the limited edition peach crate is a stunning testament to the durability of the Allmans’ work, and an absolute must-have for devoted Allmans fans in the States.
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