November 30, 2008 – 4:28 am

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Boston 1974 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, April 8, 1974. Very good soundboard.

What if guitarist Duane Allman had not died in a motorcycle accident in 1971? That question must have crossed any fan’s mind when listening to the Allman’s At Fillmore East. That show/album made Duane a star, if he wasn’t one already, and the least one could say is that Duane would have certainly given Eric Clapton a run for his money. And blues rock might have a new or different facet. Or maybe Gregg might not have stepped into the spotlight so soon.

Duane’s death did not leave younger brother (and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band) Gregg despondent. In 1973, he released his debut solo album, Laid Back, to critical acclaim.

Tony Glover, reviewing the album in Rolling Stone magazine, said: “The operative word is production - lots of horns and strings (46 pieces on one cut, and a 14-voice chorus). Gregg seems content to concentrate on vocals; organ is heard on only a few cuts and mostly as fill, rather than lead instrument… (On Midnight Rider - a Brothers tune) Gregg’s vocal has just the right desperado touch, although you might miss the original harmonies at first. The strings and horns that swoop in and out add a final and pervasive depth the first version doesn’t have.”

On Jackson Browne’s These Days, “Gregg does full justice to the quietly hurting lyrics, double-tracking the vocal over a sad steel guitar. Gregg adds the weight of his own special shades of sorrow; someone described his vocal quality as ‘resigned’.” Glover concludes: “Laid Back isn’t quite what you’d expect from Gregg’s work with the Brothers Band. Instead, it’s a moody LP, often tinged with grandeur, and maybe just a little too rich and one-colored in spots. But on the whole, a moving look at another side of a finely charismatic singer/writer.”

Some fans might know this show as Laid Back In Boston and Gregg is in fine form promoting his album, performing seven of the album’s eight tracks (save the traditional Will The Circle Be Unbroken). And if you are game for some boogie rock (with a mix of some deep fried southern Cali rock a-la The Eagles), then this might just be right up your alley.

Thanks to crisbeth for sharing these tracks on the net.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released for sale.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

disc 1
01 - (instrumental intro)
02 - Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing
03 - Queen of Hearts
04 - These Days
05 - I Feel So Bad
06 - Multi- Colored Lady
07 - Double Cross
08 - Please Call Home
09 - Midnight Rider
10 - Please Be With Me (Cowboy/Boyer & Talton)
11 - I Heard Some Man Talking (Cowboy/Boyer & Talton)
12 - Love 40 (Cowboy/Boyer & Talton)
13 - Time Will Take Us / Where Can You Go? (Cowboy/Boyer & Talton)

disc 2
01 - Stand Back
02 - Dreams
03 - All My Friends
04 - Are You Lonely For Me Baby
05 - Turn On Your Love Light

Click on the link to order Gregg Allman’s Laid Back.

  1. 36 Responses to “GREGG ALLMAN BAND - BOSTON 1974”

  2. Ah yes, troubled times in Hot ‘Lanta…Duane and Berry were both dead, and the bust that got Gregg and Dickie to roll on Scooter was about to happen…how’s that spaghetti taste, Gregg…?

    By O.B. Dan on Dec 1, 2008

  3. always the best…greetings from argentine

    By daniel on Dec 1, 2008

  4. Dickey rolled on Scooter? From what I understood Dickey said he couldn’t imagine playing with Gregg ever again after he turned State’s witness. And later it said the same thing in “Midnight Riders.”

    I don’t know, though.

    At any rate, this is a fine listen.:)

    By Society's Pliers on Dec 3, 2008

  5. I’m not sure about this, but look closely at the faux album cover…isn’t that LEON RUSSELL and NOT Gregg Allman? U be the judge…lol.

    By leeman on Dec 4, 2008

  6. Certainly does look a hell of a lot like Leon there and the guitar in hand is a bit of a giveaway also!

    By Roger on Dec 4, 2008

  7. That’s Gregg in the pic. He played a guitar just like that on Melissa when I saw the Brothers the first time. (He played woodtone guitars all the other times I saw them, I think. He is not just an organist. He played guitar first, in fact, and plays at every Allmans show. Come & go Blues, Melissa, Midnight Rider - those riffs and progressions are his babies.

    It’s Brother Gregg. Not a doubt about it.:)

    By Society's Pliers on Dec 4, 2008

  8. Thanks to Society’s Pliers for the feedback.

    The picture can be found at this site:

    By bigozine2 on Dec 4, 2008

  9. Even though it wasn’t the Brothers, it was a great show, and a great show to be at! I really was there! Talton and Boyer were just fine as part of the band, and as Cowboy. Chuck Leavell didn’t hurt either.

    By bgbob on Dec 29, 2008

  10. Thanks for posting this-It’is nice to have a whole show as a souvenir from this tour

    By Luis Torregrosa on Jan 1, 2009

  11. Saw this tour in Chicago at the spectacular Auditorium Theater. Very laid back and beautiful. Thanks for the memories on this posting.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 16, 2009

  12. Hi! The concert is amazing. Definitely the best I’ve heard from Gregg! Thanks a lot!

    By Iago on Jun 26, 2009

  13. Great show from a great tour… The official live album from this tour (The Gregg Allman Tour) is well worth seeking out, but this is a complete show I’d guess. More songs here than on the live album. I don’t think Gregg gets enough credit for being the great blues singer that he is.

    As for the other unpleasantness, I don’t know the whole story, but I’d have to say that Gregg was really stuck in an untenable postion. It would seem his band mates eventually forgave him, although Gregg and Dickey fell out again, in 2000, of course.

    By Shaun on Jul 19, 2009

  14. does anyone still have these tunes available? i would love to hear this, saw the show in Providence, RI that year … Cowboy was awesome!

    By frank on Oct 3, 2009

  15. Regarding Gregg and a guitar, I am pretty sure I read that he wrote “Sweet Melissa” on an acoustic, and I’m also pretty sure he started on guitar, but when Duane started showing that he was going to be the monster he was on guitar, Gregg decided to switch to …

    By Jerry Dunaway on Jan 16, 2011

  16. Great show - except for “Cowboy” crashing the party. I won’t listen to those tracks again!

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jan 21, 2011

  17. scott boyer and tommy talton can crash my party anytime as cowboy they where part of gregs touring band at the time as was Chuck Leavell and they played with the allmans at one of the becon ny shows during their 2009 run its called give the other guys a shot at the title something that would not happen now in this lame music industry

    By david franklin on Jan 22, 2011

  18. Could you please repost this Thanks

    By BRMoore on Feb 25, 2013

  19. Is there any chance Big O can pull a rabbit of its hat and locate the Gregg Allman tribute show held a couple of nights ago at Atlanta’s Fox Theare? BTW this ‘74 show was a great post too…Thanks guys.

    By RollingStoner on Jan 12, 2014

  20. the Gregg Allman tribute show

    good call rolling stoner..that would be very interesting.

    By dropkick sarge on Jan 12, 2014

  21. the allman tribute show was filmed and will be released in a few months. i dont know if theyll put out an audio counterpart to it but if not a rip can be done easily enough of course.

    By darth on Jan 13, 2014

  22. theyre not pro shot but for some youtube clips in the mean time before the official one is released i thought fans might appreciate this -

    i would have posted this on the 13th but im a little behind on mail and i just got to it.

    By darth on Jan 17, 2014

  23. Could you please re-post Gregg Allman Boston 1974

    By Rick Metcalf on Mar 19, 2016

  24. R.I.P Greg Allman Organist, singer and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band died at home in Savannah, Georgia. One of the all time greats…

    By skinned knees on May 28, 2017

  25. Very sad about Gregg Allman,he along with Joe Cocker probably the two greatest white blues,soul voices ever.R.I.P. Gregg

    By Antonio on May 28, 2017

  26. Now if only the trolls who infest this blog will show some respect and just go away

    By Antonio on May 28, 2017

  27. Could you please repost this,thank you

    By Jeremy on May 30, 2017

  28. Antonio and Jeremy: Please don’t make your request to re-post in comments. BigO gives you instructions up above on what to do. They then respond with an email to you letting you know how to download them to you. When they do, they are only available for a short time, so you should do it as soon as you can:

    Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

    By ScarRad on May 30, 2017

  29. the two greatest white blues,soul voices ever

    You’re gonna pay dearly for this

    By Van Morrisonofabitch on May 30, 2017

  30. You can bet on that, Van

    By Eric Beastofburdon on May 30, 2017

  31. Would love to have this,saw two shows from this tour back in the day ,please repost,thanks for all you do

    By Darrell on Jun 5, 2017

  32. Jeez Darell, not only does it tell you under every show posted how to request reopening closed shows, but ScarRad reiterated 4 posts up. Are you really that unobservant or do you just enjoy asking stupid questions?

    By Darrell Dumbo on Jun 5, 2017

  33. Sir , I politely asked for a reup there is no need for hostility. I rarely comment here as I’ve noticed the constant mean spiritedness here . This show is special to me . I’m sorry I ruined your day with my request. Have a nice day

    By Darrell on Jun 5, 2017

  34. I rarely comment here

    Thanks God for that ! What a … MORON !!!

    By Darrell Moron on Jun 5, 2017

  35. Even nice people are insulted here , sorry Darrell

    By Quincy on Jun 6, 2017

  36. Shuddup Eli

    By Quincy Moron on Jun 6, 2017

  37. Has this show been officially released ? Several people have requested it but the links are still dead.Would like very much to have this gem from the Laid Back tour

    By George on Jul 13, 2017

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