Song of the Day: The Allman Brothers Band, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”

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The Allman Brothers Band was pretty amazing, when you think of it: they could play blues, rock, and even jazz on occasion. The dual guitars of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts were the focal point, but Gregg Allman on keyboards, Berry Oakley on bass, and the twin drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson were an integral part of the group’s sound and success. “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” was written by Dickey Betts and first appeared on their 1970 album Idlewild South. This live version is from their 1971 album At Fillmore East.

16 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Allman Brothers Band, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”

  1. I wanted to listen to the music so I moved ahead of the intro. Who was their inspiration for this great piece of music. It really is excellent

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  2. A classic through and through. When all of this is all over I’m going to Macon and visit some of the ABB sites…

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      1. I go down to Buckhead many times because our other corporate office is there. The traffic is murder.

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        1. Our corporate offices were at Peachtree and Lenox, across from Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and The Ritz Carlton Buckhead. You’re not kidding, especially around there the traffic is hellacious.

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          1. Ours is where The Capital Grille is…the owner owns that building. The Capital Building.
            It’s the worse traffic I’ve ever seen bar none. Narrow streets also.

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  3. I never had many Allman albums on vinyl (just one–Brothers and Sisters), but since they were what just about everyone in my circle was listening to back in the seventies I didn’t feel the need to buy any since I was hearing them all the time. In this century I added a great many to my CD library. They were a pretty great group.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. They were, particularly before Duane’s death. I figured they were on the radio all the time, so I didn’t need to buy any albums, but I did by the Duane Allman anthologies, because they contained a lot of his session work. It’s incredible how much session work he did in the ’60’s and early ’70’s, even after the ABB had gotten together. He was a monster on the guitar, and really loved playing.

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