Playin' Up a Storm
The Gregg Allman Band
Capricorn CP 0181
Released: May 1977
Chart Peak: #42
Weeks Charted: 12
The first thing you got to do with this record is to forget that the Allman Brothers Band ever existed and at one time was the best best that America had to offer. Forget any comparisons between the Gregg Allman Band and the Allmans.
Except for the first cut, that is. "Come and Go Blues" was a powerhouse on the Wipe the Windows album, a laconic but rolling blues. Gregg wrote it so I guess he can do what he wants with it, but his new version seems halting and...well, sissified. Delicate. It's such a good song, though, and Gregg is still such a good singer that I don't mind it a whole lot.
The Allman Brothers are dead. Long live the Allman Brothers.
- Chet Flippo, Rolling Stone, 7/28/77.
One expected the new band to cook, but the spiced-up formulas are a surprise -- and the timing, grit, and passion of Gregg's singing simply astonishing. My wife thinks Cher must be the first woman ever to make him feel something, while I suspect a sibling rivalry is brewing with Dickey. First round to (Cher) (big brother). B+
- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.
There's weaker material here, but the playing and singing more than compensate. * * * *
- Rick Clark, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
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