My apologies for the slowdown in blog entries: my summer schedule at school has taken its toll. However, I can now fulfill a promise I made in the very first entry, to feature the Allman Brothers Band. As I mentioned before, Grinderswitch (the worthies responsible for JP’s title music) were their roadies: not an enviable job, by the seems of things. The Allman Brothers had a turbulent career: after recording a classic live album, At Fillmore East, Duane Allman and Berry Oakley both died in motorcycle accidents, leaving the remaining members to carry on and in 1973 to release Brothers And Sisters. Dickie Betts made a more than worthy replacement in a band which had always been Southern Rock before it had a name (see also Lynyrd Skynyrd), heavily blues-oriented, but this LP discovered a more accessible vein: and yes, Ian made me sing Ramblin’ Man and lent his convalescent guitar to a rare instrumental addition to the Festive Fifty, Jessica (FF 1976 #38). Over the course of 7 minutes, it builds up, over a backing of growling piano, to a fine frenzy of guitar magic. I can certify it is certainly good to drive to (well, if you count a bicycle), and it has cemented itself in the British public’s consciousness after being used as the theme to Top Gear. However, I can never listen to this or Freebird without remembering my first band, and the youth club gig on 20 December 1979. Oh what days.
£: Allman Brothers Band, Brothers And Sisters