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AC/DC

Aerosmith

Jan Akerman  

The Allman Brothers Band 

Duane Allman

Gregg Allman

America

Chet Atkins 

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AC/DC

Let There Be Rock Back in Black
My introduction to AC DC came with the release of their second album Let There Be Rock. What a great record, simple songs, electrifying, powerful, and exciting. Their later albums offered a more polished sound, but the simplicity of Let There Be Rock adds to its appeal, and of the AC/DC albums we've heard we think this is among their strongest output. 

Certainly the title track is classic, and the way guitarist Malcom Young incorporates the classic riff of "Hot Rod Lincoln" in a totally new way is not brilliant, but certainly enjoyable. Overall the whole album offers a strong flow intermingling punk rock, heavy metal, and blues. 

The late Bon Scott was replaced by Brian Johnson ushering the new era on Back in Black.

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Aerosmith

The Essential Aerosmith 3.0 [Limited Edition] O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits
Both The Essential Aerosmith 3.0 and O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits are the same release under a different name. The 2011 edition does offer a limited edition third disc.
Disc: 3
1. Lord Of The Thighs
2. Toys In The Attic
3. You See Me Crying
4. Baby, Please Don't Go
5. Devil's Got A New Disguise
6. Walk This Way (Live Version) 
My favorites Aerosmith releases would be their first four. 

Aerosmith
Get Your Wings 
Toys in the Attic
Rocks
Aerosmith Get Your Wings  Toys in the Attic
 
The box set Pandora's Box has been out since 1991. Second hand copies could be had at very prices. Lots of rarities as well as a focus on the early material. The sound quality is not quite what I'd expect. 
Pandora's Box  Pandora's Box  Pandora's Box 
     
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Jan Akerman

10,000 Clowns on a Rainy Day Live
Acclaimed Holland guitarist Jan Akerman drifts from jazz to rock to blues. 

Some of his recordings are hard to come by. However, his live two-disc, 10,000 Clowns on a Rainy Day, offers a good value and is easy to track down. 

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The Allman Brothers Band 

Gold
Dreams
Eat a Peach
The Allman Brothers Band's are clearly one of the great successes in rock music. Through the years they have meshed blues, country, and rock with an emphasis on jamming to the delight of many satisfied fans. 

If you are looking for an introduction to the Allman Brothers Band, you can't go wrong with The Allman Brothers Band Gold; two discs of studio material through the 1970's and some great live tracks. Dreams is a good box-set that also showcases some solo efforts by Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts.

Eat a Peach is a classic. The Deluxe Edition includes a second disc with a concert from 6/27/71, highly recommended.

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Allman Brothers Band Profile
Southern Rock
Guitar and Piano
Videos

The Fillmore East has a few editions. The most relevant are below.
The Fillmore Concerts

12 songs
At Fillmore East

13 Songs
Add Midnight Rider to F. Concerts
The Allman Brothers At Fillmore East

7 Songs
The current Allman Brothers line-up is awesome with the guitar duo of Derek Trucks Warren Haynes. Here are some commercial releases.
One Way Out Hittin' the Note Live at the Beacon Theatre
DVD
     
Apple iTunes
The current Allman Brothers line-up celebrated their 40th anniversary tour in 2009, which was legendary. You can buy the concerts from their website and they also are often available through Amazon.

Our top picks from that run.
3/20/09 Clapton

Then the other top picks.
3/28/09 - Chuck Leavell / Grateful Dead
3/23/09 - King Curtis & classic rock / blues w/ Widespread Panic
3/14/09 - Jazz / Pedal Steel

3/20/09  3/28/09  3/23/09 
     
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Duane Allman

Duane Allman Anthology Vol. 1 Duane Allman Anthology Vol. 2

Duane Allman is best known for his work with the Allman Brothers Band followed by Derek and the Dominos. Though, prior to forming the Allman Brothers Band, Duane performed session work and appears on numerous great records from the likes of Boz Scaggs, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis to name just a few. 

Our Duane Allman page reviews The Duane Allman Anthology Vol. 1, and provides information on many of the albums that he appears on. 

See also Aretha Franklin

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Allman Brothers Band Profile
Southern Rock

Derek and the Dominos
The Layla Sessions : 20th Anniversary Edition
Derek and the Dominos
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Derek and the Dominos
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Book
Wilson Pickett
Hey Jude 
King Curtis 
Instant Groove
Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs
Duane Allman plays on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, and 10. Duane Allman plays on tracks 2, 3, 5 & 7. Duane plays on tracks 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Amazon Editorial Reviews
Reissues 2011 - Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawk
Ronnie Hawkins is a rockabilly singer who may be more famous for his backup musicians than his own music. His backup group from the early 1960s, The Hawks, evolved into The Band. His two most sought after albums have never been issued on CD, until now. What makes these albums so special is the guitarist on both albums is Duane Allman. 

Ronnie Hawkins was originally issued on the Cotillion label in 1970. Along with Duane Allman, it also features  King Biscuit Boy and Eddie Hinton. 

The Hawk was originally issued on the Cotillion label in 1971. Besides Duane Allman, it also features Donald 
"Duck" Dunn on bass and The Memphis Horns. 

From RonnieHawkins.com

RONNIE HAWKINS
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Alabama, September 1969

Ronnie Hawkins (vocals), Duane Allman (guitar), Eddie Hinton (guitar), Jimmy Johnston (guitar), David Hood (bass), Barry Beckett (keyboards), Scott Cushnie (keyboards), King Biscuit Boy (harmonica), Roger Hawkins (drums), Sweet Inspirations (chorus). Producers Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd.

The Hawk
RONNIE HAWKINS
Atlantic South Criteria Studio, Miami, 1971


Ronnie Hawkins (vocals), Duane Allman (guitar/dobro), Charlie Freeman (guitar), Jim Dickinson (piano, acoustic guitar), Donald 'Duck' Dunn (bass), Mike Utley (organ), Sammy Creason (drums), Memphis Horns (-1). Producer Tom Dowd.

Ronnie Hawkins
1. One More Night
2. Bitter Green
3. I May Never Get To Heaven
4. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
5. Matchbox
6. Little Bird
7. One Too Many Mornings
8. Forty Days
9. Down In The Alley
10. Who Do You Love
11. Home From The Forest

The Hawk
1. Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
2. Sick And Tired
3. Lonely Weekends
4. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
5. Red Rooster
6. Ooby Dooby
7. The Lady Came From Baltimore
8. Leaves That Are Green
9. Patricia
10. Odessa
11. Treasure Of Love
12. Black Sheep Boy

Ronnie Hawkins The Hawk
 
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Gregg Allman

Low Country Blues The Solo Years 1973-1997: One More Silver Dollar
Track List:
1. Floating Bridge (Sleepy John Estes)
2. Little By Little (Junior Wells)
3. Devil Got My Woman (Skip James)
4. I Can't Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
5. Blind Man (Bobby Bland)
6. Just Another Rider (Gregg Allman & Warren Haynes)
7. Please Accept My Love (BB King)
8. I Believe I'll Go Back Home (Traditional)
9. Tears Tears Tears (Amos Milburn)
10. My Love is Your Love (Samuel Maghett)
11. Checking On My Baby (Otis Rush)
12. Rolling Stone (Traditional)

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Allman Brothers Band Profile
Southern Rock

Press Release
Gregg's new CD, Low Country Blues, is coming out January 18th on Rounder Records. It features twelve tracks -- 11 blues classics and one new song written by Gregg and Warren Haynes. The players include Dr. John on piano, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose.

The album was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded at Village Recorder studios in Los Angeles.

All the photographs are by Danny Clinch, one of the top photographers in the music industry. They were all taken in the Low Country, around Gregg's current hometown of Savannah, GA. Danny has photographed everyone from Springsteen to Willie Nelson, from Johnny Cash to Tupac Shakur. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Spin, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, the New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, among others.

The CD will be available in all the usual retail outlets, and favorite online sources like iTunes and Amazon.

It will also be available at every Starbucks in the country, and Starbucks is very excited to have this new CD in their stores when it comes out in January.

Some other Gregg Allman solo recordings.  Searching For Simplicity from 1997 has a great version of "The Dark End Of The Street," to add to my collection of other great renditions (other favorites include Aretha Franklin, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Linda Ronstadt. Jack Pearson is the primary guitarist on that album.
Laid Back The Gregg Allman Tour Playin' Up a Storm
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America

America Live 1975
DVD
From Amazon

America are an Anglo-American folk-rock three-piece formed in London in 1970 by multi-instrumentalist/vocalists Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek and singer/guitarist Dewey Bunnell. America are most famous for their No.1 single "Horse with No Name".

The band released their self-titled debut album in 1971, but this had to be repackaged and re-released the following year after the success of the single "Horse with No Name", which was not included on the original release. The single propelled the band to worldwide success.

The re-released version of the album went platinum and produced another successful single, "I Need You". Following a move to the US the band released their next album, Homecoming, which included the Top 10 single "Ventura Highway" and helped earn the band the Best New Artist Award at the Grammys.

Their 1973 Hat Trick album was not as successful but they managed to co-opt former Beatles producer George Martin to work on the follow-up Holiday. Martin put his stamp on the album, adding strings and brass to the sound, and America made it back into the Top 10 singles charts with "Tin Man" and "Lonely People". Their next album, Hearts, produced the No.1 single "Sister Golden Hair", but this was to mark the beginning of the band's commercial decline.

After a few years, during which the band were well below their commercial peak, changes in personnel and musical style paid off in 1982 with View From the Ground. The album featured contributions from Beach Boy Carl Wilson and Argent's Russ Ballard. It made the Top 50, while the single "You Can Do Magic" took the band into the Top 10 of the Billboard charts. The next album, the Ballard-produced Your Move, had another hit single "The Border", but album sales failed to match their previous releases.

America are now being name checked and recognized by a new generation of artists. Janet Jackson used the "Ventura Highway" riff in her 2002 hit single "Someone to Call My Lover", and the band collaborated with Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger on their Here and Now album released in 2007.

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Chet Atkins 

Guitar Legend: The RCA Years The Early Years 1946-1957

Chet Atkins style of playing is not popular with the masses so he often gets overlooked, but his musical abilities are no doubt phenomenal and we consider him one of the best guitarist players. Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer, and he is often credited with creating the Nashville sound. That's an incredible accomplishment. Chet's recording career is as impressive an anybody's.  A great overview is his two disc release from RCA records. 

Chet Atkins was influenced by Django Reinhardt. His earliest material makes it obvious. However, he didn't just copy the riffs and personnel line-up. Rather, he had his style to the guitar arrangements. As for personnel, with the Colorado Mountain Boys he used a fiddle player, but after that just on occasion. He also used accordion and lots of mandolin.

Chet Atkins, The Early Years 1946-1957, on the JSP label, covers quite a bit of material is very reasonably priced. The release made his previous set, Galloping Guitar: The Early Years, irrelevant as it includes all the material on that plus another 40 or so songs for much less money.

Chester & Lester is a fine album. The two masters are backed by Nashville studio musician:
Piano - Randy Goodrum 
Drums - Larrie Londin 
Rhythm guitar Paul Yandell or Ray Endenton or Bobby Thompson
Bass - Henry Strzelecki or Bob Moore
Recorded in 1975 released in 1976
Liner notes by Nat Hentoff and Rich Kienzle. Very few overdubs on this fun filled recording session. 

Atkins-Travis Traveling Show / Reflections
Chet and Merle on the "Atkins Travis Traveling Show - 1974 recording
Reflections - Collection with Chet and Doc Watson - 1980 release

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Guitar Greats
Country: guitar and piano

Chester & Lester Atkins-Travis Traveling Show / Reflections
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