Allman Brothers Band
Where It All Begins
First Appeared in The Music Box, July 1994, Volume 1, #2
Written by John Metzger
One of the most notable albums to be released in the past month is the Allman Brothers Band's Where It All Begins. The group has had several solid studio efforts over the past few years with Shades of Two Worlds and Seven Turns. Its latest outing, however, easily blows these two away, and returns the Allman Brothers Band to its prime.
Guitarist Dickey Betts authors half the tunes on Where It All Begins, and all of them are excellent compositions. The best tune on the endeavor is the epic Back Where It All Begins, which draws heavily upon Revival, Elizabeth Reed, and Blue Sky, yet also brings a fresh perspective to the table. Naturally, there are plenty of blues-inspired selections as well, including Betts' Mean Woman Blues and the Gregg Allman/Allen Woody-penned composition What's Done is Done. Also in the blues vein is Temptation is a Gun, which was composed by Gregg Allman with assistance from Jonathan Cain and Neil Schon of Journey and borrows heavily from the Grateful Dead's '90s version of The Same Thing.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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