Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters

by The Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band


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Released a year after Eat a Peach, Brothers and Sisters shows off a leaner brand of musicianship, which, coupled with a pair of serious crowd-pleasers, "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica," helped drive it to the top of the charts for a month and a half and to platinum record sales. This was the first album to feature the group's new lineup, with Chuck Leavell on keyboards and Lamar Williams on bass, as well as Dickey Betts' emergence as a singer alongside Gregg Allman. The tracks appear on the album in the order in which they were recorded, and the first three, up through "Ramblin' Man," feature Berry Oakley -- their sound is rock-hard and crisp. The subsequent songs with Williams have the bass buried in the mix, and an overall muddier sound. The interplay between Leavell and Betts is beautiful on some songs, and Betts' slide on "Pony Boy" is a dazzling showcase that surprised everybody. Despite its sales, Brothers and Sisters is not quite a classic album (although it was their best for the next 17 years), especially in the wake of the four that had appeared previously, but it served as a template for some killer stage performances, and it proved that the band could survive the deaths of two key members.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/1997
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453126220
catalogNumber: 531262
Rank: 18475

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Allman Brothers Band   Primary Artist,Organ,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gregg Allman   Organ,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dickey Betts   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Dudek   Acoustic Guitar
Jaimoe   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Chuck Leavell   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Berry Oakley   Bass
Tommy Talton   Acoustic Guitar
Butch Trucks   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Timpani
Lamar Williams   Bass
Richard Betts   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Allman Brothers Band   Producer,Audio Production
Dickey Betts   Composer
Johnny Sandlin   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ovie Sparks   Engineer
Buddy Thornton   Engineer
Richard Betts   Composer

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