Last of the Summer Rock Block 2019 – The Allman Brothers Band, Enlightened Rogues.
We’ve made it the end of another August, the Earth has completed another rotation. While technically not the end of summer, for all intents and purposes down here, it is. For this last installment of the albums we have been collecting and installing throughout this summer, we’ve decided to go out with a subgenre that hasn’t been thoroughly explored by us; namely southern rock – specifically The Allman Brothers Band, Enlightened Rogues (Capricorn Records, 1979).
The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 in Macon, Georgia by the brothers Duane (founder, slide & lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, writing), Dicky Betts (lead guitar, vocals, writing), Berry Oakley (bass), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny ‘Jaimoe’ Johanson (also on drums). The group was famous for their long form improvised jams during live performances and the incorporation blues, jazz, and country music to create their unique and celebrated sound.
The group was famous for their music and their tragedy, band leader Duane died in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Prior to Duane’s death, The Allman Brothers Band released two studio albums, which were not initially commercially successful, were followed by the 1971 release of the live At Fillmore East and was a massive commercial success and is artistically considered one of the best live albums ever recorded.
After Fillmore, the group picked up steam became a staple of radio play with hits like ‘Melissa’ and ‘Ramblin’ Man‘. In 1972 they picked up Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Lamar Williams (bass) and by 1976, with too many internal issues to handle, broke up. However; in 1979, the The Allman Brothers Band decided to get back together – and that is where our album of the week comes in: 1979’s Enlightened Rogues.
After a very messy drug fueled breakup in 1976, several years and a few detox’s later led to cooler tempers and more maturity. Dicky Betts proposed a reformation of the group and for the most part everyone said yes; so in 1978, The Allman Brothers Band got back together and Enlightened Rogues was the result.
They all got a big house in Sarasota, Florida and began writing and rehearsing. They soon moved to Miami to record view of the Biscayne Bay helped keep the tempers calm and the creativity flowing which led to massively successful album – reaching number 9 on the charts and going gold with the song ‘Crazy Love‘ reached number 29 (being one of their three Top 40s hits). By 1983, they’d split again and had on and off again reunions up til the 2000s.
Be sure to enlighten yourself while listening this album and all of our other southern rock with a nice glass of Maker’s Mark neat or on the rocks.