- Audio CD (Oct. 24 1988)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Best of
- Label: Polydor
- ASIN: B000001FLK
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. B. B. King Medley: Sweet Little Angel/It's My Own Fault/How Blue Can You Get? - The Hourglass|
|2. Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett|
|3. The Road Of Love - Clarence Carter|
|4. Goin' Down Slow - Duane Allman|
|5. The Weight - Aretha Franklin|
|6. Games People Play - King Curtis|
|7. Shake For Me - John Hammond|
|8. Loan Me A Dime - Boz Scaggs|
|9. Rollin' Stone - Johnny Jenkins|
|1. Livin' On The Open Road - Delaney & Bonnie|
|2. Down Along The Cove - Johnny Jenkins|
|3. Please Be With Me - Cowboy|
|4. Mean Old World - Eric Clapton And Duane Allman|
|5. Layla - Derek & The Dominos|
|6. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band|
|7. Don't Keep Me Wondering - The Allman Brothers Band|
|8. Standback - The Allman Brothers Band|
|9. Dreams - The Allman Brothers Band|
|10. Little Martha - The Allman Brothers Band|
Wilson Pickett's scalding cover of "Hey Jude" would praise the Beatles, the Muscle Shoals players, or Pickett himself, but Duane's great white shark bite solo made the hair stand up on the back of your neck. On "The Road of Love," Clarence Carter proudly said, "I like what I'm listening to!" as he admired the fuzzy distortions of Allman's slide. Contemplate, however, when Duane reunited with Hourglass friends Hornsby and Sandlin, and added newcomer Berry Oakley for a string-bending prophetic eulogy on Champion Jack Dupree's "Goin' Down Slow." Duane's vocals could handle slow crooning without being annoying, and his guitar wept where his voice wouldn't go. Other good people lent Duane their voice or let him be their spokesman: just imagine him nodding his head in agreement, his slide dancing to Aretha's statements when she belted out "The Weight," or the slinky, sinewy electric sitar that pulsated alongside buddy King Curtis, a man with talent to blow--a Meerschaum pipe if possible?--and make notes this beautiful on "Games People Play.Read more ›
Old fashioned rock & roll, soul, country, gut-wrenching blues and everything in between; this guy could do it all. There are stellar examples of many genres including songs from Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs and Delaney & Bonnie; not to mention the Allman Brothers and Derek & the Dominoes.
As another reviewer correctly stated, if this CD only had Boz Scaggs' "Loan Me A Dime" on it, it would still be worth buying. Allman's playing is AWESOME. My only complaint is that whoever mastered the original recording should have 1) Turned up Allman's guitar in the mix and 2) Not faded out the end of the song. He was just getting warmed up! What were they thinking?!?!?
This is a fine overview of a supremely talented musician.
He was one of the greatest white blues guitarists of all time--Eric Clapton said Duane was a better guitarist than himself, and Duane taught Eric how to play slide guitar--but unfortunately, there are only two albums where Duane's talent ever showed its full potential: Derek and the Dominoes' LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS (where he often outplayed Clapton himself) and the Allman Brothers Band's AT FILLMORE EAST. By the time those great albums were released, he was already dead of a motorcycle accident.
Fortunately, Duane cut his chops before these immortal recordings by working as a session player for various artists at the fabled Mussel Shoals recording studios. This collection gives us highlights of some of his best work in that era, along with a few choice Allman Brothers cuts.
The collection is for real guitar music fans--he played on so many records with so many artists that the songs tend to swing wildly from style to style. And unfortunately, the sound quality on these recordings is full of hiss and could be cleaned up with modern remastering techniques. Alas, that has yet to be done; this collection is basically a quick remaster of a previous release on vinyl, and doesn't even use up all the available space on CD (which it easily could). More could also be done to group the songs more effectively by style. For these reasons this collection rates only four stars; for musicianship, it deserves 5 stars at least!Read more ›