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‘Trouble No More’ Box Set Marks Allman Brothers Band’s 50th Anniversary

The set pays tribute to the Southern rock pioneers and their extraordinary body of work, and is available as a 10LP or 5CD box set or digitally.

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Allman Brothers Band Trouble No More box set

The 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band is being marked by the new career retrospective Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection, out now on Island Mercury/UMe. The set pays tribute to the Southern rock pioneers and their extraordinary body of work, and is available as a 10LP or 5CD box set or digitally.

The retrospective is produced by Allman Brothers Band historians and aficionados Bill Levenson, John Lynskey and Kirk West, and contains no fewer than 61 Allman Brothers Band classics, live performances and rarities spanning their 45-year career. It has seven previously unreleased tracks, going from the beginning of the band’s story until the end.

The Allmans’ original 1969 demo of the Muddy Waters song ‘Trouble No More’ opens up the set, offering a new introduction to the magical combination of Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Jaimoe and Gregg Allman that came together that year. It was the first demo recorded for the debut album that started their emergence as one of the most important and creative bands in rock history.

At the other end of the collection, the set concludes with a live performance of ‘Trouble No More’ from the Allman Brothers Band’s last show at the Beacon Theatre in New York, which brings the retrospective full circle.

The ten LPs in the deluxe vinyl box set of Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection are packaged in five gatefold jackets housed in a wood veneer wrapped slipcase with gold graphics, together with a 56-page book. The vinyl set is also released as a limited edition colour vinyl pressing via uDiscover Music, with each LP pressed on orange and red splatter coloured vinyl to evoke the inside of a peach.

The 5CD edition is packaged in a 12-panel softpack, which comes in a visually distinctive slipcase and features an 88-page booklet. Both of these physical versions have a near-9000 word essay on the band’s history by John Lynskey; unreleased band photos and newly-shot images of memorabilia from the Big House Museum, in the Allmans’ adopted hometown Macon, GA; and a recap of the 13 different incarnations of the band’s line-up over the years.

The digital version of the album mirrors the 5CD edition and be available for streaming and download, including as an Apple Digital Master. All of the recordings in the set have been newly mastered by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Georgia and sound better than ever.

Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection is arranged chronologically and thematically to represent all of those line-ups, grouped into five distinct eras representing the various stages of the band’s recording and performance development. They’re divided by the group’s stays on Capricorn, Arista and Epic, as well as their own Peach imprint.

The first disc, The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part I, covers the band’s beginnings, with the unreleased ‘Trouble No More’ demo and highlights of their self-titled debut album such as the landmark ‘Whipping Post’; standouts from their sophomore set Idlewild South such as the classic ‘Midnight Rider’; and tracks from the legendary Live At Filmore East album including the celebrated ‘Statesboro Blues’ and the 13-minute instrumental epic ‘In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.’

“There is no question, however,” writes Lynskey, “that the Allman Brothers Band was at their best up on a stage, playing live music for an audience. The group played with unbridled energy, and without constraints. While their set list did not vary all that much from night to night in the early days, the band’s desire to explore, create and improvise guaranteed that each show would be a different listening experience…their marathon concerts became the stuff of legend, and that spirit was captured on At Fillmore East, the live set by which all others are measured.”

The Capricorn Years 1969 -1979 Part II has songs from the double album, Eat A Peach, made with tracks recorded with Duane Allman in 1971 before his tragic death such as ‘Blue Sky’ and ‘Melissa.’ The band are also heard in a variety of live settings on this disc includes songs from the chart-topping Brothers and Sisters such as the Dickey Betts composition and hit single ‘Ramblin Man.’ There’s also a previously unreleased outtake of ‘Early Morning Blues,’ which eventually morphed into ‘Jelly Jelly.’

The Capricorn Years, 1969-1979 Part III/The Arista Years, 1980-1981 opens with live performances from their historic Summer Jam show of July ’73 with the Grateful Dead. 1975’s Win, Lose Or Draw is represented by such as the moving title track and their version of Muddy Waters’ ‘Can’t Lose What You Never Had. The reunion of original members that led to 1979’s Enlightened Rogues prompts the inclusion of ‘Crazy Love,’ ‘Can’t Take It With You’ and others, then comes their move to Arista Records for 1980’s Reach For The Sky and 1981’s chapter-closing Brothers Of The Road.

The Epic Years, 1989-2000 reflects the period in which another revitalised line-up, featuring new guitar recruit Warren Haynes, flourished as a seven-piece. Seven Turns became their first album together in nearly a decade, from which comes ‘Good Clean Fun,’ and there are tracks from 1991’s Shades Of Two Worlds. Other highlights of the period include ‘Low Dirty Mean’ from the 1992 live album Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre, a rare live performance of Robert Johnson’s ‘Come On Into My Kitchen’ and songs from 1994’s Where It All Begins. The unreleased ‘I’m Not Crying’ ends the disc.

The collection concludes with The Peach Years, 2000-2014, spanning various new changes in line-up, such as Betts’departure and the arrival of guitarist Derek Trucks. The latter features on the previously unreleased 2000 recording ‘Loan Me A Dime.’ There’s also a newly-released live performance of ‘Desdemona’ at the Beacon Theatre in 2001, which featured on the Allman Brothers Band’s final album, Hittin’ The Note, in 2003.

Two unreleased tracks from the 2005 annual stand at the Beacon Theatre are included, and as mentioned, the collection culminates in a live ‘Trouble No More.’ “In those four minutes,” writes Lynskey, “45 years came pouring out of the speakers; 45 years of superior blues/rock music, created by incomparable musicians. The final notes echoed through the theatre early in the morning of 29 October, 43 years to the day that Duane Allman died.”

As reported, the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band will be celebrated in a one-night-only concert on 10 March at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Brothers – Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones will be joined by Duane Trucks, Reese Wynans and special guest Chuck Leavell. Tickets sold out immediately after going on sale.

Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection is out now. Scroll down for the full tracklisting, and buy it here.

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10LP TRACK LIST
The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part I
Disc 1
1. Trouble No More (Demo)* (Side A)
2. Don’t Want You No More (Side A)
3. It’ Not My Cross To Bear (Side A)
4. Dreams (Side A)
5. Whipping Post (Side B)
6. I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Live at Ludlow Garage) (Side B)
7. Midnight Rider (Side B)
8. Revival (Side B)

Disc 2
1. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ (Side A)
2. Hoochie Coochie Man (Side A)
3. Please Call Home (Side A)
4. Statesboro Blues (Live at Fillmore East) (Side A)
5. Stormy Monday (Live at Fillmore East) (Side B)
6. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Live at Fillmore East) (Side B)

The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part II
Disc 3 
1. One Way Out (Live at Fillmore East) (Side A)
2. You Don’t Love Me / Soul Serenade (Live at A&R Studios) (Side A)
3. Hot ‘Lanta (Live at A&R Studios) (Side B)
4. Stand Back (Side B)
5. Melissa (Side B)
6. Blue Sky (Side B)

Disc 4
1. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (Live at Mar y Sol) (Side A)
2. Wasted Words (Side A)
3. Ramblin’ Man (Side A)
4. Southbound (Side A)
5. Jessica (Side B)
6. Early Morning Blues (Outtake) (Side B)

The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part III / The Arista Years 1980 – 1981
Disc 5
1. Come And Go Blues (Live at Watkins Glen) (Side A)
2. Mountain Jam (Live at Watkins Glen)* (Side A)
3. Can’t Lose What You Never Had (Side A)
4. Win, Lose Or Draw (Side B)
5. High Falls (Side B)

Disc 6
1. Crazy Love (Side A)
2. Can’t Take It With You (Side A)
3. Pegasus (Side A)
4. Just Ain’t Easy (Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion) (Side B)
5. Hell & High Water (Side B)
6. Angeline (Side B)
7. Leavin’ (Side B)
8. Never Knew How Much (I Needed You) (Side B)

The Epic Years 1990 – 2000
Disc 7
1. Good Clean Fun (Side A)
2. Seven Turns (Side A)
3. Gamblers Roll (Side A)
4. End Of The Line (Side A)
5. Nobody Knows (Side B)
6. Low Down Dirty Mean (Live at the Beacon Theatre) (Side B)

Disc 8
1. Come On Into My Kitchen (Live at Radio & Records Convention) (Side A)
2. Sailin’ ‘Cross The Devil’s Sea (Side A)
3. Back Where It All Begins (Side A)
4. Soulshine (Side B)
5. No One To Run With (Side B)
6. I’m Not Crying (Live at the Beacon Theatre)* (Side B)

The Peach Years 2000 – 2014
Disc 9
1. Loan Me A Dime (Live at the New World Music Theatre)* (Side A)
2. Desdemona (Live at the Beacon Theatre)* (Side A)
3. High Cost Of Low Living (Side B)
4. Old Before My Time (Side B)

Disc 10
1. Blue Sky (Live at the Beacon Theatre)* (Side A)
2. Little Martha (Live at the Beacon Theatre)* (Side A)
3. Black Hearted Woman (Live at the Beacon Theatre) (Side A)
4. The Sky Is Crying (Live at the Beacon Theatre) (Side B)
5. “Farewell” speeches (Live at the Beacon Theatre) (Side B)
6. Trouble No More (Live at the Beacon Theatre) (Side B)

5CD/DIGITAL TRACK LIST
The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part I / CD1
1 Trouble No More (Demo)*
2 Don’t Want You No More
3 It’ Not My Cross To Bear
4 Dreams
5 Whipping Post
6 I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Live at Ludlow Garage)
7 Midnight Rider
8 Revival
9 Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
10 Hoochie Coochie Man
11 Please Call Home
12 Statesboro Blues (Live at Fillmore East)
13 Stormy Monday (Live at Fillmore East)
14 In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Live at Fillmore East)

The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part II / CD2
1 One Way Out (Live at Fillmore East)
2 You Don’t Love Me / Soul Serenade (Live at A&R Studios)
3 Hot ‘Lanta (Live at A&R Studios)
4 Stand Back
5 Melissa
6 Blue Sky
7 Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (Live at Mar y Sol)
8 Wasted Words
9 Ramblin’ Man
10 Southbound
11 Jessica
12 Early Morning Blues (Outtake)

The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part III / The Arista Years 1980 – 1981 / CD3
1 Come And Go Blues (Live at Watkins Glen)
2 Mountain Jam (Live at Watkins Glen)*
3 Can’t Lose What You Never Had
4 Win, Lose Or Draw
5 High Falls
6 Crazy Love
7 Can’t Take It With You
8 Pegasus
9 Just Ain’t Easy (Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion)
10 Hell & High Water
11 Angeline
12 Leavin’
13 Never Knew How Much (I Needed You)

The Epic Years 1990 – 2000 / CD4
1 Good Clean Fun
2 Seven Turns
3 Gambler’s Roll
4 End Of The Line
5 Nobody Knows
6 Low Down Dirty Mean (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
7 Come On Into My Kitchen (Live at Radio & Records Convention)
8 Sailin’ ‘Cross The Devil’s Sea
9 Back Where It All Begins
10 Soulshine
11 No One To Run With
12 I’m Not Crying (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*

The Peach Years 2000 – 2014 / CD5
1 Loan Me A Dime (Live at World Music Theatre)*
2 Desdemona (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
3 High Cost Of Low Living
4 Old Before My Time
5 Blue Sky (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
6 Little Martha (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
7 Black Hearted Woman (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
8 The Sky Is Crying (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
9 “Farewell” speeches (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
10 Trouble No More (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
* Previously unreleased

Format: UK English
3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Stephen Towler

    January 14, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    “sophomore’? Do you mean second?

    • CJ

      January 14, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Correct, “sophomore” is a common term used to describe an artist’s/band’s second album.

  2. Jim

    January 15, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Does anyone have the song times? I see the track listing but no times associated to them.
    thank you

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