Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South (Atco)

A HAPPY and clean sound kicked off with the unison guitars of Duane Allman and Dicky Betts on ‘Revival’.

Pleasant, unpretentious, the band jump through a selection of Allman and Betts originals with Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, revived rather unnecessarily. The beautifully named Butch Trucks stomps on drums and Greg Allman adds some fairly unadventurous keyboard work.

Like most US bands they fall into a funky beat and straight ahead riffs without too much of a problem, concentrating on the rhythm section and letting the steel guitar find its own way to the end of the chorus.

Ain’t none of that psy-kay-delic stuff here you all.

© Chris WelchMelody Maker, 30 January 1971

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