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Searching for Simplicity
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
A possible admission of the excess that marred Gregg Allman's past efforts outside the Allman Brothers Band is the title of his 19997 solo release, Searching for Simplicity. More often than not he finds it. And with the cl... more »
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A possible admission of the excess that marred Gregg Allman's past efforts outside the Allman Brothers Band is the title of his 19997 solo release, Searching for Simplicity. More often than not he finds it. And with the clutter of strings, choirs, and synths removed, Allman's soulful baritone shines. Except for one lapse into pop excess ("Silence Ain't Golden Anymore"), the album's tracks are straightahead blues and soul tunes recorded with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, longtime collaborator Johnny Sandlin, and new Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pearson. The album begins with an unplugged arrangement of "Whippin' Post," continues with several respectable originals and really catches fire on inspired remakes of songs associated with Ray Charles, James Carr, Jimmy Hughes, and John Hiatt. --Geoffrey Himes
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Good, solid, white boy blues
mskarmar | ocean view, de United States | 12/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I heard the new version of 'whippin' post' on the radio and tracked down this cd. A great find. The new version of 'whippin post' has a more funky, island, clean, acoustic groove. Great version. The surprise is that the rest of the songs are solid blues songs (many covers)that are as good as anything the ABB has done in the last decade or so. What a shame that solid albums like this are heard by so few in this pop infested music world that we inhabit.Search for simplicity...."
Obsure but Great!
deepbluereview | SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA USA | 07/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gregg Allman vocals on all 13 tracks and appears with a core band of Bill Stewart on drums, David Hood on bass, and Jack Pearson on dobro, slide and Acoustic guitars. There are also approximately 25 other musicians rotating in and out on various tracks bringing with them everything from a horn section to precussion instruments and cello. The CD is jumpstarted with a freshened up version of the Allman classic "whippin' post". All songs, with the possible exception of the country flavored "memphis in the meantime" are consistently good bluesy numbers with tight rhythm, geneorus lead and Allman's familiar smokey vocals. It is hard to imagine how a CD of this caliber can go relatively unnoticed. Highly recommended."
Craig Pinson | Scottsdale Az | 10/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This recent offering by Gregg is no doubt his strongest since "Laid Back". His solo outings have always featured his love of R&B and gospel. His offering of "Whipping Post" is a great stripped down version of the Brothers classic, and his version of John Hiatts "Memphis in the Meantime" has a nice groove to it. Overall a great complement to any ABB collection. Also try and find "Laid Back", and his double CD of ealy solo and demos "One More Try", which offers a look into the genius of Gregg Allman."