|All Artists: The Allman Brothers Band|
Title: Brothers and Sisters
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Island / Mercury
Release Date: 10/14/1997
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Slide Guitar, Blues Rock, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands, Rock Guitarists, Southern Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Their first full studio album without guitarist Duane, 1973's Brothers and Sisters doesn't match what came before it but would probably be considered a masterpiece if it came from most other bands. The Allman(s) move away from their rougher blues rock toward a groovier Southern rock, a shift that reflects the increased influence of Dickey Betts and new pianist Chuck Leavell. Betts contributes chestnuts such as "Ramblin' Man," "Southbound," and the classic instrumental "Jessica," plus the acoustic finale "Pony Boy," which showcases his work on Dobro. Gregg's impact is not nearly what it once was, although his "Come and Go Blues" and "Jelly Jelly" hit the mark. Original bassist Berry Oakley passed away during these sessions and is heard on just two cuts. --Marc Greilsamer
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(roadking) from CHURUBUSCO, IN
Reviewed on 10/31/2009...
Anything Allman can't be bad.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Yes, they can.
C. Keyes | 01/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Duane Allman was, without question, the slide guitar genius of his day, and a brilliant blues man. This album shows the remaining band picking up the pieces from tragic loss and showing not only that they could go on, but that they'd continue to reach the soaring heights of their perfected craft. This is more than an album: It is a classic statement of faith in each other and allegiance to the groove."
B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 05/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Allman Brothers were one of the greatest southern blues/progressive rock bands of the day. I believe Brothers and Sisters should be remembered more for the classic it really is, and because of the popularity of the two big hits from the album, more people should have reviewed this album here on amazon than what's present so far.
We're talking about an album that feels like it was created to be loved by absolutely everyone, no matter where on the planet you happen to live, which is probably why the album has a slight commercial vibe through most of it. Of course "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica" have been played on classic rock radio for years, and with good reason- these are classic songs that *never* get old. My initial feeling when I hear these two classics is that I feel like I'm walking alone beside a field just enjoying life and feeling good while taking a walk and absorbing some sun and great vibes.
What's amazing to me is how, despite the two horrible tragedies the band had to go through back in the early 70's, the one positive that came from all this is that we have an album that's still remembered today, over 35 years later, and I have a strong belief this album will be remembered many more years from now and will be a perfect example to future generations how the blues/southern rock style is supposed to be done- exactly like this.
Remember the great Allman Brothers Band."