Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Midnight Rider Gregg Allman. Spotify Amazon. Queen of Hearts Gregg Allman. Please Call Home Gregg Allman. These Days Jackson Browne. No Comments Jan 11, No Comments Sep 9, No Comments Nov 14, I started playing the piano. I wasn't trying to sing it like Gregg; I couldn't possibly. I took the cue, playin' this slow walk. But it was written very sort of, kind of a little more flatpicking. Gregg had a guitar intro performed by Buzzy Feiten, who flew in from California to lay down the track.
Evidently Les Dudek an excellent guitarist whose work really shines on the classic Dickey Betts tune, "Ramblin' Man" on the Brothers and Sisters LP was supposed to perform on the album, but he kinda blew it when he allegedly went around bragging that he was the official replacement for Duane — a notion that went over like a lead balloon with some of the Brothers, and Sandlin too.
To be fair, I should mention here that there's some serious rebuttal from Dudek regarding the amount of credit he should have gotten for his role in the composition of that tune, but that's definitely another story for another time.
He'd decided he wasn't happy and wanted to re-do his performance. Sandlin went through quite an ordeal to make room for the new vocal track, which wasn't easy since every one of the other of the sixteen tracks were already filled! Ultimately, it was all to no avail. The tune is delivered here in the style of Detroit's Motown hit factory, or that sound created during the heyday of Stax in Memphis. The piece serves as an outstanding lighthearted fare that works to perfection in balancing the darkness found in other tracks like "Multicolored Lady.
In case you were wondering, the piece string section and the additional horn section for the album were recorded in New York at the Record Plant and arranged by Ed Freeman, a personal friend of Sandlin. And among the seven females and one male that were hired there to do the backup vocals, Cissy Houston — Whitney Houston's mom — was enlisted.
Gregg was pleased when Laid Back was released and had proven to be a profitable venture. He'd achieved his purpose — this album distinguished itself sonically, compositionally, and architecturally. The entire disc seems to have a continuous, golden glow.
The very design of the album cover was powerful, featuring his profile so prominently through the unique artwork of Mati Klarwein, with Gregg looking inward from the outside on the front cover, while on the flip side he watches an erupting volcano placed between land and sea. Between the two pieces of art you get glimpses of images that portray the subject as both introspective and exposed at the same time; simultaneously inside and outside of his room; and looking at you and away from you at the same time.
Okay, so by now we both know that the music captured in those sessions was sensational, and deserved to be heard — to be experienced under optimal listening conditions. But what equipment did I have in my personal audio setup that might do it some justice?
Looks like it's time for some tech talk! I also used a Micromega Mygroov MM phono preamp that is simpatico with my Exact2 cartridge on the turntable arm. You also might recall from my last article, I was drooling over a pair of Spendor A4 floorstander speakers.
I knew I would eventually get them, and I'm proud to say I went one step beyond - I got the Spendor D A5W walnut-colored model, and they were absolutely ideal for the spatial dimensions of my basement listening room.
Well now, of course with the upgrade of the sexy little Spendors, I needed some serious cables to connect them to an amplifier, so I got a pair of 8-ft. Audioquest Type 4 BFA speaker cables. I also needed a stand-alone unit to serve the purpose. Chad Stelly, who arranged the previous deal for me to acquire all those items mentioned above, once again worked his magic and convinced me to purchase the final item needed to complement the turntable and speakers, thus completing the essential ingredients for my setup.
Logically, I followed his recommendation and purchased the Rega Brio integrated amplifier. While the Brio might look like a "very simple little piece"—it's small and doesn't have a lot of blinking lights and buttons on it — lemme tell ya, this is one badass li'l box, baby. Only the essentials here — volume knob, headphone jack, and a little switch to change its five inputs.
Last year, Rega added the headphone jack, which was a nice touch. It doesn't interfere with the sound of the amp when using the speaker outputs, and is automatically disabled when there is not a headphone inserted into the plug.
In the rear, there are five recessed analog inputs along with a quartet of speaker binding posts that look and feel as sturdy as the box itself. For this particular listening session, I only occupied a couple of inputs — of course, input 1 was used as a phono stage setup for the MM cartridge.
Input 2 was used for the Mygroov and input 3 for the Brennan B2 hard disc player. You then have two extra analog inputs suitable for other components. Even though I didn't need to employ every one of the source components, I was happy knowing that the expanded capability was there. Or should it be the Z1ES? Although it was my first time dropping around a grand for a high-grade integrated amp, I was feeling no pain by the time Chad Stelly came by to integrate it into the system.
It's sleek, small, dark, and quiet, easily strong enough to drive the Spendor speakers that, oddly enough, can be described the same way — sleek, dark, quiet, and sturdy. Needless to say, I'm happy — I managed to step up my game beyond the initial scary plunge purchasing the most expensive turntable in my history to date and find some components that were perfectly compatible with the Rega Planar 6.
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Allman Brothers Band gregg allman reissue.Label: Capricorn Records - SWX • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue Gatefold • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Country Rock Gregg Allman - Laid Back (, Gatefold, Vinyl) | Discogs Explore4/5(1).