Allman Brothers Band celebrated with 50th anniversary box set | The Music Universe

Career-spanning retrospective available on 5 CDs and 10 LPs

When Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Jaimoe, and Gregg Allman finally coalesced in 1969 as The Allman Brothers Band, after stints in other bands and musical endeavors – some alone, some with each other – the group’s very first informal jam together was the stomping Muddy Waters song, “Trouble No More.” Almost immediately the six musicians knew they were on to something special. Shortly after, it also became the very first song they ficially demoed together for their eponymous debut record, an album that would begin their legendary, unparalleled, and ten times, turbulent journey as one the best American rock bands to ever exist.

The band’s original 1969 demo “Trouble No More,” which has remained unreleased for more than half a century, fittingly opens the new, aptly-titled Allman Brothers Band career retrospective, Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection, releasing February 28th Island Mercury/UMe to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary the pioneering Southern rock legends and their incredible body work. Available as a 5 CD or 10 LP box set or digitally, Trouble No More — produced by Allman Brothers Band historians and aficionados Bill Levenson, John Lynskey and Kirk West — fers a massive selection 61 Allman Brothers Band classics, live performances and rarities from across their 45-year career, and includes seven previously unreleased tracks that take you from the very beginning until the very end. The collection is bookended with a live performance “Trouble No More” from the Allman Brothers Band’s final show at New York’s Beacon Theatre that brought the band’s legend to a close and which brings this retrospective full circle.

Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection is available for preorder now. Ahead the release, the previously unreleased demo recording “Trouble No More” is available for streaming now and for immediate download with digital album preorder.

The deluxe vinyl box set Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection beautifully presents the Allman Brothers Band’s legacy across 10 LPs packaged in five gatefold jackets housed in a wood veneer wrapped slipcase with gold graphics, accompanied by a 56-page book. The vinyl set will also be released as a limited edition color vinyl collection the online music retailer uDiscover with each LP pressed on orange and red splatter colored vinyl evoking the insides a peach. The 5 CD edition will be packaged in a 12-panel stpack with a visually distinctive slipcase and includes an 88-page booklet. Both physical editions feature an insightful nearly 9000 word essay on the 50-year history the band by John Lynskey, unreleased band photos along with newly shot photos memorabilia from the Big House Museum in the band’s adopted hometown Macon, GA and a recap the 13 incarnations the band lineup. The digital version the album will mirror the 5 CD edition and be available for streaming and download, including Apple Digital Master. All recordings have been newly mastered by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Ga. and sound better than ever.

Arranged chronologically and thematically and representing all 13 lineups the band had, Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection is grouped into five distinct eras representing the various stages the band’s recording and performance history, divided by the group’s stints on the Capricorn, Arista and Epic labels, as well as the band’s own Peach imprint. Starting with The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part I, the collection kicks f at the beginning the Allman Brothers Band’s story with their first-ever recording, the previously unreleased 1969 demo version “Trouble No More,” and includes highlights from their self-titled debut like the swaggering one-two punch “Don’t Want You No More” and “It’s Not My Cross To Bear,” the musical maelstrom “Whipping Post;” standouts from their second album, Idlewild South, such as the classic “Midnight Rider;” Dickey’s first songwriting effort for the band, “Revival;” and “Don’t Keep Me Wondering,” with Duane’s slide guitar work center stage. The original lineup’s legacy album, the legendary live At Filmore East, recorded in March 1971 at promoter Bill Graham’s East Village theatre, is represented here with the blues-rock shuffle “Statesboro Blues,” a sultry take on “Stormy Monday” and the dazzling 13-minute instrumental odyssey, “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” where every member is in perfect harmony. As Lynskey writes in the comprehensive liners, “There is no question, however, that The Allman Brothers Band was at their best up on a stage, playing live music for an audience. The group played with unbridled energy, and without constraints. While their set list did not vary all that much from night to night in the early days, the band’s desire to explore, create and improvise guaranteed that each show would be a different listening experience… Their marathon concerts became the stuff legend, and that spirit was captured on At Fillmore East, the live set by which all others are measured.”

The Capricorn Years 1969 -1979, Part II collects together songs from the Allman Brothers Band’s double album, Eat A Peach, made with tracks recorded in 1971 with Duane before he tragically died in a motorcycle accident. Released in February 1972, the cuts featured on the set include “Blue Sky,” written and sung by Dickey; “Melissa,” Gregg’s tribute to his lost brother and “One Way Out,” recorded live in June ‘71, on the closing night the Fillmore East. “Hot ‘Lanta” and “You Don’t Love Me” from a live performance at New York’s A&R Studios broadcast on WPLJ radio and “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” recorded at Puerto Rico’s “Mar Y Sol Festival,” in April 1972, showcase the band in a variety live settings. Songs from their #1 selling album, Brothers and Sisters, include Dickey’s country-infused hit single, “Ramblin Man” and “Wasted Words,” which were the last two songs to feature bassist Berry Oakley who also tragically died in a motorcycle accident at the same age as Duane, 24. Part II concludes with a previously unreleased outtake “Early Morning Blues,” a standard blues number that eventually morphed into “Jelly Jelly.”

As The Allman Brothers Band experienced one blow after another, Brothers and Sisters tore up the charts and so they soldiered on through the pain and grief and did what they did best – play. The Capricorn Years, 1969-1979, Part III/The Arista Years, 1980-1981 launches with two live performances from their historic “Summer Jam” show in July ’73 with the Grateful Dead at Watkins Glen, NY which drew more than half a million fans to the grounds the famed raceway. “Come and Go Blues,” released on the live album, Wipe the Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas, is an especially grooving number Greggs’ while “Mountain Jam” is a previously unreleased breathtaking version that grew out a line from Donovan’s happy folk song “First There Is A Mountain” into a 12-minute jam. The band’s record Win, Lose Or Draw, recorded in 1975 after a couple years apart following the release and subsequent tours for Gregg and Dickey’s debut solo albums and is highlighted here with the moving title track, their inspired rendition Muddy Waters’ “Can’t Lose What You Never Had” and the rollicking instrumental, “High Falls.” As a result fractures in the band, they disbanded after the album’s tour and remained apart for four years. Eventually overtures were made and after an impromptu performance together made them yearn to be together again, the original members – Butch, Dickey, Jaimoe and Gregg – decamped to the studio and recorded 1979’s Enlightened Rogues. Included here are standouts “Crazy Love,” “Can’t Take It With You,” “Pegasus” and a live version Gregg’s autobiographical “Just Ain’t Easy.” The end the decade would also mark the end their time with Capricorn, as a result the label going bankrupt, and a new label home with Clive Davis’ Arista Records, which they signed to in 1980. “Hell and High Water,” and “Angeline” from the resulting album, Reach For The Sky, released in August 1980, had glossier production and synthesizers. Sadly, Jaimoe and the group would part ways after this. “Never Knew How Much,” a gorgeous ballad that originated during the sessions for Gregg’s solo album, Laid Back, and “Leavin’” a song that may have foreshadowed what was to come from their album, Brothers Of The Road, released in August 1981, round out the chapter.

In 1989, after years apart and several solo albums, the original members the band were approached about doing a reunion tour to promote an upcoming career box set, and Butch, Dickey, Jaimoe and Gregg all agreed. For the tour, they recruited Warren Haynes, a guitarist that Dickey had been playing with, and went out as a seven-piece. The chemistry was palpable and the shows so well received that the band, now signed to Epic, recorded Seven Turns, their first album together in nearly a decade. The Epic Years, 1989-2000 includes the album’s title track, considered one Dickey’s best songs and “Good Clean Fun,” which received solid airplay on MTV. The album was a resounding statement that The Allman Brothers Band were back. Not wanting to waste time, they quickly set to work on 1991’s Shades Of Two Worlds which saw Dickey take a dominate role as a songwriter, as heard on “Nobody Knows,” and Warren emerge as an influential member the group, co-writing five songs with either Dickey or Gregg, including “End Of The Line,” which sounded like vintage Allman Brothers. Some the many other highlights from this era include “Low Dirty Mean,” from the 1992 live album, Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theater, a rare live performance Robert Johnson’s “Come On Into My Kitchen,” and songs from 1994’s Where It All Begins, including the stellar title track and the live fan favorite “Soulshine,” which displayed Warren’s singer/songwriter talents. It concludes with the unreleased “I’m Not Crying,” a composition written by Jack Pearson who replaced Warren after he left to focus on his band Gov’t Mule.

The final chapter, The Peach Years, 2000-2014, spans a variety lineup changes, most notably the departure original member Dickey Betts and the introduction guitarist Derek Trucks, the nephew Butch Trucks. The younger Trucks delivers an emotionally-charged solo alongside Dickey’s recent replacement, Jimmy Herring, on the previously unreleased, somber-and raw, “Loan Me A Dime,” recorded on August 26, 2000, the day bassist Allen Woody passed away. Gregg sounds especially emotional on the powerful performance. Woody’s death shook the band but it was out this tragedy that Warren would make his way back to his brothers. Included here is a spectacular, never-released live performance from the band’s 2001 Beacon run “Desdemona,” a new song that Warren and Gregg wrote together. The tune, along with the shimmering “The High Cost Of Low Living” and the poignant “Old Before My Time,” would be featured on The Allman Brothers Band’s final album, Hittin’ The Note, released in 2003, some their best work in years. Two unreleased gems from the band’s 2005 annual stand at the Beacon Theatre include an extremely rare version “Blue Sky” with Gregg handling the lead vocals and Derek’s and Warren’s solos augmented by lively piano work from longtime former bandmate Chuck Leavell, who was sitting in for the March 21st show; and Warren and Derek’s wonderful interpretation Duane’s instrumental, “Little Martha,” from that same night. Appropriately the collection culminates with a live version “Trouble No More,” the first song The Allman Brothers Band ever played together and the last song their career. As Lynskey writes, “In those four minutes, 45 years came pouring out the speakers; 45 years superior blues/rock music, created by incomparable musicians. The final notes echoed through the theatre early in the morning October 29, 43 years to the day that Duane Allman died.”

Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection eloquently demonstrates how The Allman Brothers Band weathered extreme adversity to pursue its singular musical mission and singlehandedly spawned the Southern rock genre while continually managing to reinvent themselves in the face loss and tragedy and sell millions records along the way. This new collection is a compelling summary the Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer’s timelessly brilliant and influential contributions to American music.

On March 10th, for one night only at Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Brothers – Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones-joined by Duane Trucks, Reese Wynans and special guest Chuck Leavell will celebrate 50 years the music The Allman Brothers Band. This one-time concert event, produced by Live Nation, will be a celebration The Allman Brothers Band’s illustrious career. It notably marks the first time in more than five years that these legendary players will be together on stage to perform their iconic hits, and the first time since the passing founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. It will undoubtably be emotionally charged, and an unforgettable night not to be missed. The show sold out immediately upon going on sale.

5 CD | 10 LP

CD 1: The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part I

  1. Trouble No More (Demo)*
  2. Don’t Want You No More
  3. It’ Not My Cross To Bear
  4. Dreams
  5. Whipping Post
  6. I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Live at Ludlow Garage)
  7. Midnight Rider
  8. Revival
  9. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
  10. Hoochie Coochie Man
  11. Please Call Home
  12. Statesboro Blues (Live at Fillmore East)
  13. Stormy Monday (Live at Fillmore East)
  14. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Live at Fillmore East)

CD 2: The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part II

  1. One Way Out (Live at Fillmore East)
  2. You Don’t Love Me / Soul Serenade (Live at A&R Studios)
  3. Hot ‘Lanta (Live at A&R Studios)
  4. Stand Back
  5. Melissa
  6. Blue Sky
  7. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (Live at Mar y Sol)
  8. Wasted Words
  9. Ramblin’ Man
  10. Southbound
  11. Jessica
  12. Early Morning Blues (Outtake)

CD 3: The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part III / The Arista Years 1980 – 1981

  1. Come And Go Blues (Live at Watkins Glen)
  2. Mountain Jam (Live at Watkins Glen)*
  3. Can’t Lose What You Never Had
  4. Win, Lose Or Draw
  5. High Falls
  6. Crazy Love
  7. Can’t Take It With You
  8. Pegasus
  9. Just Ain’t Easy (Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion)
  10. Hell & High Water
  11. Angeline
  12. Leavin’
  13. Never Knew How Much (I Needed You)

CD 4: The Epic Years 1990 – 2000

  1. Good Clean Fun
  2. Seven Turns
  3. Gambler’s Roll
  4. End Of The Line
  5. Nobody Knows
  6. Low Down Dirty Mean (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
  7. Come On Into My Kitchen (Live at Radio & Records Convention)
  8. Sailin’ ‘Cross The Devil’s Sea
  9. Back Where It All Begins
  10. Soulshine
  11. No One To Run With
  12. I’m Not Crying (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*

CD 5: The Peach Years 2000 – 2014

  1. Loan Me A Dime (Live at World Music Theatre)*
  2. Desdemona (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
  3. High Cost Of Low Living
  4. Old Before My Time
  5. Blue Sky (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
  6. Little Martha (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
  7. Black Hearted Woman (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
  8. The Sky Is Crying (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
  9. “Farewell” speeches (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
  10. Trouble No More (Live at the Beacon Theatre)

* Previously unreleased