Allman Brothers – Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters is the fifth album by The Allman Brothers Band, released in 1973.

The group’s first album recorded completely after the death of leader Duane Allman, and mostly after the death of bassist Berry Oakley, Brothers and Sisters saw the Allmans reach a commercial peak. The album logged five weeks at #1 on the U.S. albums chart, and moreover contained their only hit single, Dickey Betts’ country-tinged “Ramblin’ Man”, which climbed to #2 on the U.S. singles chart. Betts, billed as Richard on this album, came to the forefront by also writing the album’s other most prominent tracks, the buoyant instrumental “Jessica”, the FM radio-friendly “Southbound” (sung by Gregg Allman), and the country blues hybrid “Pony Boy”. The group’s sound was also somewhat different, with new pianist Chuck Leavell acting as the other lead instrument instead of the band’s former trademark dual lead guitars.

The front album cover features a photograph of Vaylor Trucks, the son of drummer Butch Trucks and his wife Linda. The back cover features a photograph of Brittany Oakley, the daughter of bassist Berry Oakley and his wife Linda.

The album’s inner gatefold cover art featured a large photograph of the extended Allmans family — band members, roadies, wives, girlfriends, children, dogs, all in a seemingly idyllic, long-haired, multi-racial Southern setting — a setting that would be rent asunder by internal frictions and outside developments over the next few years.

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