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Gregg Allman

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Parent Issue
Day
8
Month
November
Year
1974
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"The Gregg Allman Tour, " Capricorn,2C0141 Maybe we've come to expect too much from The Allman Brothers Band, and maybe Duane's untimely death has proved too much for them. All I know is that, while Gregg's solo album was a big disappointment, tliis new double-album live set is a total bummer. Allman's organ work is well smothered, his vocals as clear and bright as the Cuy ahoga River (which, unlike Gregg's vocal performance, catches fire once in a while), his arrangements and material flaccid and his back-up band weak. Among other bringdowns is a new song called "Oncoming Traffic" with the excitement of a threemile back-up on the Chrysler Freeway and the hard-hitting power of a dead Fiat, two numbers by the back-up group Cowboy that I forgot so thorougl├╝y I didn't notice when the record ended, and positively the worst recordingperformance of "Turn On Your Love Light" I ever heard. (Especially when compared to the Dead's classic version, Edgar Winter's rocker, and the Purple Fringe, a high school band I used to dance to.) The 24-piece orchestra, which carne to Praise Allman, buried him. His is not the kind of talent that should be the foundation for such a structure of sound. Gregg has delusions of kitsch which should not be encouraged. The production was muddy, the performance dull and the concept overblown. Martin Muil introduces the show - that's its highpoint. It went nowhere from the re.