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1989
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dreams - Review - The Allman Brothers Band

Dreams review

Dreams is a very well put together history of the Allman Brothers Band. Its story begins with the bands prior to the Allman Brothers Band and includes material from Duane and Gregg's early bands, Allman Joys, Hourglass, and 31st of February. In addition, there is solo material by Duane Allman, and Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley's band The Second Coming. The song selections on Dreams span a wide spectrum of releases; the priority was obviously an attempt to include a track from practically every release whether it's an Allman Brothers Band album or a members solo release. This yields a thorough history, rather than four discs of the best available music. 

The first disc starts off with twelve pre-Allman Brothers songs and most are covers. The two strongest tracks are Duane Allman's stunning workout of "Goin' Down Slow," and the Hour Glass with the "BB King Medley;" both of these tracks are on the Duane Allman Anthology Volume 1. The rest of the music is interesting and hard to find, not necessarily essential. There are several early Eric Clapton songs with covers of the Yardbirds "Shapes of Things," and Cream's "I Feel Free." In addition, Eric Clapton popularized a few blues standards with Cream that these bands also covered, Willie Dixon's "Spoonful," and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads."  The album closes with five Allman Brothers tracks, four from their strong debut and an outtake of "Dreams." 

The second disc is the strongest musically in the collection as it includes the bands Idlewild South studio album as well as lots of live material and two unreleased songs recorded during the Idlewild South sessions. The live cuts include two from Ludlow's Garage, a song Duane sings, "Dimples," that is also available on Duane Allman Anthology Vol. 2, and a rousing take of "I'm Gonna Move To the Outskirts of Town." The selected songs from the Fillmore East are hard to argue with in terms of greatest; not too many bands release such lengthy songs in compilations; "Whipping Post" at 22:52, and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" at 12:57. Even better is hearing one of the expanded Fillmore releases that put the songs in context and flow of an Allman Brothers concert is pure bliss, especially "Whipping Post's" segue into "Mountain Jam."

The third disc begins with an unreleased medley of two blues standards that was recorded live at A&R studios on August 26, 1971 of "You Don't Love Me/Soul Serenade," which is a certain highlight of the release. Even better, they should have expanded Dreams to five discs and included the whole A&R studio set which fits on one disc, and included an unreleased version of "Mountain Jam" to fit the real estate here. Well chosen highlights from "Eat a Peach" follow as we say good by to Duane. The Dickey Betts only era begins with "Melissa," while the rendition of "Ain't Wasting Time" is live. Brothers and Sisters is well represented with four tracks. After there is a song from the solo material of both Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts as well as a live cut from the same personnel as their live Wipe The Windows ... album.

The last disc continues the history of the band. There is basically a sampling of one track from a slew of releases that give you a taste, if your still hungry you may want to explore that material further. The one exception is for their fairly strong comeback album Enlightened Rogues. They include two studio cuts from it followed by two live tracks from the same personnel. 

Dreams is an excellent overview of the Allman Brothers Band with loads of early rare tracks, a handful of unreleased gems, and a heavy sampling of solo albums. 
Barry Small  
Grade  A -

Dreams - Track List - The Allman Brothers Band
Track List

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Disc: 1       Band Release Info
1. Shapes Of Things       The Allman Joys Previously Unreleased
2. Spoonful       The Allman Joys Previously Unreleased
3. Crossroads       The Allman Joys Previously Unreleased
4. Cast Off All My Fears       Hour Glass Hour Glass
5. Down In Texas       Hour Glass Power of Love
6. Ain't No Good To Cry       Hour Glass Previously Unreleased
7. BB King Medley       Hour Glass Duane Allman Anthology Vol. 1
8. Morning Dew       31st of February Duane and Gregg
9. God Rest His Soul       31st of February Duane and Gregg
10. I Feel Free       The Second Coming Single
11. She Has Funny Cars       The Second Coming Single
12. Goin' Down Slow       Duane Allman Duane Allman Anthology Vol. 1
13. Dreams       Allman Brothers Band Previously Unreleased April 1969
14. Don't Want You No More       Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band
15. It's Not My Cross To Bear       Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band
16. Trouble No More       Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band
17. Dreams       Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band
Disc: 2       Band Release Info
1. Statesboro Blues       Allman Brothers Band Previously Unreleased - July 1970
2. Hoochie Coochie Man       Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South
3. Midnight Rider       Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South
4. Dimples       Allman Brothers Band Duane Allman Anthology Vol. 2 and Ludlow's Garage
4/11/1970
5. I'm Gonna Move
To The Outskirts Of Town      
Allman Brothers Band Ludlow's Garage
4/11/1970
6. Revival       Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South
7. One More Ride       Allman Brothers Band Previously Unreleased Studio July 1970
8. Whipping Post       Allman Brothers Band Fillmore East
9. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed       Allman Brothers Band Fillmore East
10. Drunken Hearted Boy       Allman Brothers Band Fillmore East - (Expanded Editions only )
Disc: 3       Band Release Info
1. You Don't Love Me/Soul Serenade       Allman Brothers Band Previously Unreleased Aug. 26, 1971
2. Blue Sky       Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach
3. Little Martha       Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach
4. Melissa       Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach
5. Ain't Wastin' Time No More       Allman Brothers Band Mar Y Sol
Live April 2, 1972
6. Wasted Words       Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters
7. Ramblin' Man       Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters
8. Southbound       Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters
9. Jessica       Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters
10. Midnight Rider       Gregg Allman Laid Back
11. One Way Out       Allman Brothers Band Unreleased Live Sept. 26, 1973
12. Long Time Gone       Dickey Betts Highway Call
Disc: 4       Band Release Info
1. Can't Lose What You Never Had       Allman Brothers Band Win Lose or Draw
2. Come And Go Blues       Gregg Allman Playin' Up a Storm
3. Bougainvillea       Dickey Betts and Great Southern Dickey Betts and Great Southern
4. Can You Fool       Allman & Woman Two the Hard Way
5. Good Time Feeling       Dickey Betts and Great Southern Atlanta's Burning Down
6. Crazy Love       Allman Brothers Band Enlightened Rogues
7. Can't Take It With You       Allman Brothers Band Enlightened Rogues
8. Just Ain't Easy       Allman Brothers Band Unreleased live, July 19, 1979
9. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed       Allman Brothers Band Unreleased live, July 19, 1979
10. Angeline       Allman Brothers Band Reach for the Sky
11. Things You Used To Do       Allman Brothers Band Brothers of the Road
12. Nancy       Dickey Betts Previously Unreleased
13. Rain       Gregg Allman Previously Unreleased
14. I'm No Angel       The Gregg Allman Band I'm No Angel
15. Demons       The Gregg Allman Band Just Before the Bullets Fly
16. Duane's Tune       The dickey Betts Band Pattern Disruptive
 June 1988

 

Dreams - Musicians - The Allman Brothers Band
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Primary Musicians from The Allman Brothers Band 
Gregg Allman - Keyboards, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Duane Allman - Guitar 
Dickey Betts - Guitar, Vocals, Dobro
"Dangerous" Dan Toller - Guitar
Jaimoe  - Percussion, Drums
Butch Trucks - Percussion, Drums
Chuck Leavell -acoustic & electric pianos, background vocals
Berry Oakley - Bass
Lamar Williams - Bass 
David "Rook" Goldflies - Bass

Dreams - Notes - The Allman Brothers Band
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Released 1989 
Label - Polydor

8/26/71 A&R Studios via WPLJ-FM New York, NY 

Statesboro Blues
Trouble No More
Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
Done Somebody Wrong
One Way Out
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Stormy Monday
You Don't Love Me -> 
Soul Serenade -> 
You Don't Love Me -> 
Soul Serenade in memory of King Curtis->
You Don't Love Me
Hot 'Lanta

 

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