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Allman Brothers Band history: 1972 -- the five-man band

While everyone is familiar with Duane Allman's tragic death on October 29, 1971, few are aware that the Allman Brothers were back on the road three weeks later as a five-piece band. In December 1971 they entered the studio to record Ain't Wastin' Time No More, Les Brers In A Minor and Melissa -- the first side of the subsequent Eat A Peach album. Don't stop the train indeed.

Obviously the twin guitar lines were not present but in their place was the full guitar force of Dickey Betts who took over the slide playing and generally delivered at an extremely high level of performance. In my opinion, he was one of the top Rock guitarists of this era (but didn't get the recognition he should have).

Touring in support of Eat A Peach wrapped up in August 1972. They re-entered the studio in October augmented by Chuck Leavell on piano to start what would become Brothers And Sisters. The first two songs on the album were the first two recorded: "Wasted Words" and "Ramblin' Man," the latter of which would become the band's biggest radio hit. 

They took a break from recording to appear on ABC's "In Concert" TV show at Hofstra University in New York on November 2, 1972. This would be Chuck Leavell's first show as a member of the band. And Berry Oakley's last. By the time the episode aired a month later Oakley would be dead at age 24.


There was an official release of the Macon 2/11/72 show. Here's two more:

4-7-1972 was SBD radio broadcast. Check out the jam before Hot 'Lanta. Dickey FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS. 

8-6-1972 is an audience recording that has Johnny Winter coming out for the last two songs.


Allman Brothers Band
Manley Fieldhouse, Syracuse, NY, US
1972-04-07

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01 Statesboro Blues
02 Done Somebody Wrong
03 Ain't Wastin' Time No More
04 One Way Out 
05 Stormy Monday
06 You Don't Love Me
07 In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
08 Midnight Rider
09 Whipping Post
10 Hot 'Lanta

tt: 1:39:17


The Allman Brothers Band
Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood, CA, US
1972-08-06

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01 Statesboro Blues
02 Done Somebody Wrong
03 One Way Out
04 Stormy Monday
05 You Don't Love Me
06 Trouble No More
07 In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
08 Whipping Post
09 Johnny B. Goode*
10 Dust My Broom*

tt: 1:11:52

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