Eat A Peach review
Peach was released after the tragic death
of Duane Allman. However, it does include several songs recorded
prior to then featuring him. It also is a combination of both live
and studio tracks. The CD proved quite popular reaching # 4.
Peach begins with the three studio songs
without Duane Allman. They are all solid numbers. The opener shows
that Dickey is no slouch on slide giving hope for the future. “Melissa,”
featuring Gregg Allman on acoustic guitar is a classic. What follows
are three live songs including a 33-minute version of "Mt.
Jam." The last three songs on Eat a Peach were recorded in
the studio prior to Duane’s death. The Muddy Waters cover,
"Trouble No More" show the bands tightness, after Duane's
solo the band shares the spotlight with Berry Oakley hitting a run
on notes before handing it off to Dickey, who hands it off to Duane,
that gives the final statement to the drummers, who brings things
home to Gregg's vocals. The hit “Blue Sky” begins
to show a shift from their blues roots to a country tone; this song
remained a staple in their tours throughout the Dickey Betts era.
But this rendition includes Duane and both he and Dickey offer
fabulous back to back solos. The CD is
rounded out with "Little Martha," an acoustic guitar duet
featuring Duane Allman and Dickey Betts.
these studio songs are not the best they’ve recorded, they are
certainly not far behind. This was originally a double album, which
was released one CD. At about 70 minutes this is an outstanding
Grade A +
2006 Deluxe edition
2006 a re-mastered edition was released that includes a second disc
with a live recording from June 27, 1971.
With the exception of two tracks the material has not been
previously released; "Midnight Rider" first made its appearance on Duane Allman Anthology, Vol.
2 and "One Way Out" is on Eat a Peach, so that
song is on both discs here.