Gregg Allman – The Gregg Allman Tour (1974)

The Gregg Allman Tour is the second album and first live album by Gregg Allman, released in 1974. For this concert, Allman was backed by the band Cowboy, who played two of their own songs. Cowboy was a Capricorn Records label-mate and was Duane Allman’s favorite band.

Gregg Allman’s tour in support of his debut solo LP, Laid Back, led to the recording of this album (originally two LPs) at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. It’s a match for Laid Back in musical value and then some, with a good, wide range of repertory and great performances throughout by all concerned, plunging head-first and deep into blues, R&B, honky tonk, and gospel. Strangely enough, the album contains only three of Laid Back’s songs — “Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing” opens the show in a properly spirited, earthy manner, but it’s the second song, “Queen of Hearts,” in a soaring rendition, with gorgeous backing by Annie Sutton, Erin Dickins, and Lynn Rubin, and superb sax work by Randall Bramblett and David Brown, that shows Allman in his glory as a singer and bandleader. Allman gives a lively, raucous, honky tonk-style rendition of the Elvis Presley hit “I Feel So Bad,” complete with a killer guitar solo by Tommy Talton, and “Turn on Your Lovelight” gets an extended treatment worthy of the Allman Brothers Band. One would expect that, with Chuck Leavell and Jaimoe present in the band, there were be more similarity to the Allmans’ sound, and that they’d be prominently featured, but Tommy Talton and bassist Kenny Tibbetts get more of a spotlight. Several Allman Brothers songs are present here, in more laid-back and lyrical versions, and the Capricorn Records band Cowboy — essentially serving as the core of Allman’s touring band — gets a featured spot with two songs, “Time Will Take Us” and “Where Can You Go,” that leave one wanting to hear a lot more concert material from them, and from Talton as a singer.

Tracklist

1. “Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing”  (Oliver Sain) – 5:06
2. “Queen of Hearts”  (Gregg Allman) – 7:43
3. “I Feel So Bad”  (Chuck Willis) – 4:47
4 .”Stand Back”  (Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley) – 3:32
5. “Time Will Take Us”  – Cowboy (Frank Thomas Talton) – 5:51
6. “Where Can You Go?”  – Cowboy (Frank Thomas Talton) – 8:10
7. “Double Cross”  (Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell) – 4:41
8 .”Dreams”  (Gregg Allman) – 7:29
9. “Are You Lonely for Me Baby”  (Andy Cousin, Warne Livesey, Mark Price, Julianne Regan) – 4:27
10. “Turn On Your Love Light”  (Deadric Malone, Joseph Wade Scott) – 10:45
11. “Oncoming Traffic”  (Gregg Allman, Janice B. Allman) – 5:56
12 .”Will The Circle Be Unbroken”  (Traditional) – 7:21

Personnel

  • Gregg Allman – Lead vocals, organ
  • Tommy Talton – Lead guitar, slide guitar
  • Scott Boyer – Rhythm guitar
  • Bill Stewart – Drums
  • Jai Johanny Johanson (Jaimoe, credited as Johnny Lee Johnson) – Drums and percussion
  • Kenny Tibbetts – Electric bass
  • Chuck Leavell – Piano and electric piano
  • Randall Bramblett – Soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, C-Melody Sax (all horn solos)
  • David Brown – Tenor saxophone
  • Harold “Bullets” Williams – Baritone saxophone
  • Todd Logan – Trumpet
  • Peter Eklund – Trumpet
  • Annie Sutton – Background vocals
  • Erin Dickins – Background vocals
  • Lynn Rubin – Background Vocals

Cowboy (tracks 5-6)

  • Tommy Talton – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar
  • Scott Boyer – Harmony Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar
  • David Brown – Electric Bass
  • Chuck Leavell – Piano & Electric Piano
  • Randall Bramblett – Organ, Saxophone
  • Bill Stewart – Drums
  • Johnny Lee Johnson – Congas & Drums
  • Todd Logan – Trumpet
  • Peter Eklund – Trumpet
  • Harold “Bullet” Williams – Baritone Saxophone
  • Gregg Allman – Organ on “Where Can You Go”

Production

  • Gregg Allman – Producer
  • Johnny Sandlin – Producer, Remixing
  • Sam Whitesdie – Remixing
  • Randall Bramblett – Horn Arranger
  • Ed Freeman – Horn & Strings Arranger
  • Strings under the direction of Max Cahn
  • George Marino – Mastering
  • Dennis M. Drake – Mastering on Compact Disc
  • Tom Flye & Tom Scott – Engineers

Notes
Released: 1974
Recorded: 1974 Carnegie Hall, New York, NY and the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
Genre: Southern rock
Length: 75:38

Label – Capricorn Records

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