Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#924 in the Series) is The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South.
Idlewild South was the second and last of the two “true” Allman Brothers Band albums. They’ve had many, many great albums, but the first two are always considered the only “true” Allman Brothers, meaning, Duane and Gregg were both included. I’ve also read more than one review that has called this the best studio album that band ever produced.
As mentioned, this was the last full studio album that included the great Duane Allman. He would lose his life in a motorcycle accident while recording the follow up, Eat a Peach. Of course it didn’t end there either. Original bass player, Berry Oakley would leave us shortly there after.
Idlewild South obviously then contained some all-time classic Allman Brothers Band Music. Most notable were Dicky Betts’ “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and Gregg’s “Midnight Rider” and of course “Revival.” It also featured one cover tune. That was a great version of Willie Dixon’s “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” which included Berry Oakley on vocals.
The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South peaked at #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
‘Revival’ peaked at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
It was produced by Tom Dowd
The Allman Brothers Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famein 1995. They were presented by Willie Nelson.
- Gregg Allman – vocals, piano, organ
- Duane Allman – lead, slide, and acoustic guitar
- Dickey Betts – lead guitar
- Berry Oakley – bass guitar, vocals on “Hoochie Coochie Man
- Butch Trucks – drums
- Jai Johnny “Jaimoe” Johanson – drums, congas
- guest Thom “Ace” Doucette – harmonica and tambourine
- “Revival” (Dickey Betts) – 4:05
- “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin'” (Gregg Allman) – 3:31
- “Midnight Rider” (Gregg Allman) – 2:59
- “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” (Dickey Betts) – 6:56
- “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” (Willie Dixon) – 4:57
- “Please Call Home” (Gregg Allman) – 4:02
- “Leave My Blues at Home” (Gregg Allman) – 4:17
Outtake Version of ‘Midnight Rider’