THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - THE GATLINBURG TAPES 1971

July 25, 2009 – 4:19 am

BUTCH TRUCKS R.I.P. 1947-2017

American drummer Butch Trucks was one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. He would have been 70 in May.

The following was posted at forums.stevehoffman.tv on January 25, 2017: “According to two of the band’s roadies, Butch Trucks passed away last night. The family’s in shock and the announcement should happen with in the next couple of hours. I’m in a few different FB ABB related pages and groups, and the news broke last night but then it was hushed so people could be notified in person etc. I’m devastated, could barely sleep after first finding out last night, I went to bed praying it’s a hoax, but it would have come out by now that it was, so expect news to officially break soon. Saw him with Les Brers two years ago, he was as solid as ever. R.I.P.”

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THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
The Gatlinburg Tapes 1971 [no label, 1CD, Pink Robert Remaster]

Home jam recorded at Duane’s home in April 1971; studio sessions recorded at Gatlinburg Studios, TN, April 1, 1971. (Some state this as early 1971 rehearsals.) Very good audio.

If you had walked by and this recording is on, you might have thought that you were listening to Robert Johnson! Those (Mississippi?) blues, the steel (slide) guitar and that raw sound. When he was alive, Duane Allman was seen as a guitarist extraordinaire. But he also worked at his craft. While this recording has been around for some time, it still offers a rare glimpse of the guitarist at work - here Duane is in a relaxed mood in probably a practice or jam session, with Dickey Betts present.

Meanwhile, zubbid, in a note at pinkrobert.net, said: “Listen for the covers of Tim Buckley’s Once I Was and Morning Glory” on Tracks 4 and 5. It’s not so much a full-blown cover, rather snatches here and there and it does show what Duane picked up musically.

Dickey Betts wrote Blue Sky for his then Native American girlfriend, Sandy “Bluesky” Wabegijig (they married in 1973 and divorced two years later) and many fans feel that this is among one of the best Allman Brothers songs. Here are four takes to warm your heart.

Outside of the musical and film, The Sound Of Music, My Favourite Things is closely associated with jazz great John Coltrane. Ever the adventurer, Duane tries to see what else he can do with the song with guitars and keyboards. Between Blue Sky and My Favourite Things, it all adds up to a great flight of fancy. Duane died in a motorcycle accident in October 1971 and while the Allman Brothers Band never got the chance to record My Favourite Things with Duane, the song continues to be part of the band’s live repertoire.

Thanks to Pink Robert for sharing the tracks and for remastering them.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Home Jam (originally offered as one long 31-min track but split up here for easier access; trackmarks are approximate):
Track 01. Unknown (939k)
Track 02. Unknown / Ramblin’ Man (R. Betts) / Jam (R. Betts, D. Allman) (8.7MB)
Track 03. 99 & 99 (6.2MB)
Track 04. Ramblin’ Man jam (R. Betts) / Once I Was (Tim Buckley) / Morning Glory (Tim Buckley) (5.1MB)
Track 05. Leaning Back And Laughing (Steve Noonan) / In The Jailhouse Now (Jimmie Rodgers) / I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters) / Gamblin’ Blues / Travelling Riverside Blues (Robert Johnson) / Stones In My Passway (Robert Johnson) (14.6MB)
Track 06. Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson) / Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams) (5.3MB)
Track 07. Let Jesus Make My Dying Bed (2.3MB)

Track 08. Blue Sky #1 (2.8MB)
Track 09. Blue Sky #2 (1.9MB)
Track 10. Blue Sky #3 (4.8MB)
Track 11. Blue Sky #4 (8.7MB)
Track 12. My Favourite Things #1 (12.3MB)
Track 13. My Favourite Things #2 (12.0MB)
Track 14. My Favourite Things #3 (17.6MB)

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  1. 23 Responses to “THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - THE GATLINBURG TAPES 1971”

  2. Wonderful! A glimpse of the band’s creativity at one of their peaks.

    By elmore on Jul 25, 2009

  3. Track 5 actually starts with Steve Noonan’s great song “Leaning Back and Laughing” from Steve’s first LP.

    By Bob W on Jul 26, 2009

  4. Hello Bob
    Thanks for your comments. Don’t recall anyone namechecking Steve Noonan in any write-up.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 26, 2009

  5. The tune played between In The Jailhouse Now and Gamblin’ Blues is called Can’t Be Satisfied witten by Muddy Waters. I’ve heard Little Feat cover it numerous times.

    By Don B on Jul 26, 2009

  6. Hello Don
    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 27, 2009

  7. If you’re not familiar with Steve Noonan, he started as a singer-songwriter in the sixties. He co-wrote songs with Greg Copeland and Jackson Browne on his first LP. His songs were covered by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Nico, Clear Light, among others. The Allman Brothers (as the Hourglass) were on the same label as the NGDB - liberty and were familiar with each other. That is probably how the Allman Brothers learned the tune - “Leaning back And Laughing”.

    More info about Steve Noonan available at:
    http://www.stevenoonan.com/
    http://www.myspace.com/stevenoonanmusic

    By Bob W on Jul 28, 2009

  8. These are definitely classic recordings of the band at their early peak. However, I have one minor correction to this sentence.

    “Duane died in a motorcycle accident in October 1971 and while the Allman Brothers Band never got the chance to record My Favourite Things with Duane, the song continues to be part of the band’s live repertoire.”

    The Allman Brothers Band have NEVER played My Favorite Things live in concert, which is part of what makes the Gatlinburg Tapes so special.

    They have played Afro Blue a few times, but that is about as close as they have come to recreating the magic heard here.

    By Rob Johnson on Jul 28, 2009

  9. The track markers are not correct, here’s the correct list:

    Home jam recorded at Duane’s home in April 1971
    01. Unknown
    02. Unknown
    / Ramblin’ Man (R. Betts)
    / Jam (R. Betts, D. Allman)
    03. 99 & 99
    04. Ramblin’ Man jam (R. Betts)
    / Once I Was (Tim Buckley)
    / Morning Glory (Tim Buckley)
    05. Leaning Back And Laughing (Steve Noonan)
    / In The Jailhouse Now (Jimmie Rodgers)
    / I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
    / Gamblin’ Blues
    / Travelling Riverside Blues (Robert Johnson)
    / Stones In My Passway (Robert Johnson)
    06. Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson)
    / Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams)
    07. Let Jesus Make My Dying Bed

    Studio sessions (rehearsals) recorded at Gatlinburg Studios, TN, April 1, 1971
    08. Blue Sky #1
    09. Blue Sky #2
    10. Blue Sky #3
    11. Blue Sky #4
    12. My Favourite Things #1
    13. My Favourite Things #2
    14. My Favourite Things #3

    If anyone knows the titles of the opening songs I’d love to know. Any corrections welcome.

    By Bob W on Jul 29, 2009

  10. Thanks to Rob and Bob for their comments and feedback. Much appreciated. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 29, 2009

  11. On track #2 the opening song bit is the Smokey Robinson classic “Ooh, Baby Baby”.

    By Keith Hall on Aug 5, 2009

  12. Thanks Keith, appreciate the info.

    By Bob W on Aug 6, 2009

  13. many thanks for this!

    By LIZARD on Nov 30, 2009

  14. Its like being a fly on the wall, listen to the best band and “the” best guitarist ever!
    I love it!
    thanks!

    By Toby Ellsworth on Jan 5, 2010

  15. While I believe it’s correct that the ABB never played My Favorite Things, if you listen to Derek’s solo on Desdemona from the Beacon recording you can hear that he’s quoting Coltrane’s solo from My Favorite Things. An amazing piece of transferring a szx solo to guitar, something that Duane and Dickey did at various points.

    By Neil Surr on Mar 18, 2010

  16. The audio quality on the first three versions of “Blue Sky” has some distortion on the bass/drums and is inferior to the 4th, which is a nice, relaxed jam version and the best of the bunch.

    By Janania on Oct 24, 2010

  17. The home jams are pretty much worthless from a musical perspective. Lots of reference to smoking dope, etc. with some noodling around. Even ultra-fans might not want to bother with this.

    By jania on Nov 28, 2010

  18. So, Candacecot, the 2 unknown songs are:
    dual square, double square and twin squares? Thanks for clearing that up. (huh?)

    By 4yrsnojob on Feb 12, 2013

  19. Allman Brothers - 1970-02-11 - Fillmore East, NY (SBD)
    Allman Brothers Band
    1970-02-11
    Early Show
    Fillmore East
    New York, NY
    Soundboard recording
    192 kbps
    Artwork Included

    01. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
    02. Statesboro Blues
    03. Trouble No More
    04. Hoochie Coochie Man >
    05. Mountain Jam

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    By dropkick sarge on Feb 12, 2014

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    By darth on Apr 22, 2014

  21. cannot download…is it on CD?Ill buy it….there will never be another duane….I don’t play guitar but do blow harp….duane played harp licks on slide

    By george royster on Jul 13, 2014

  22. Hey George, just right click on the track number and save.

    By nutshell on Jul 13, 2014

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  24. Thank you big O for all the great music. On this Allman Brothers Gatlinburg Tapes, Track9 Blue Sky #2 give me a failed - no file notice.

    By cliff on Jan 25, 2017

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