Eat a Peach is defined by both the absence and presence of guitarist Duane Allman. In 1972 -- just a year after the brilliant Live at the Fillmore introduced the Allman Brothers Band to a nationwide audience -- the death of their founder and leader in a motorcycle accident sent the pioneering southern-rock group into a tailspin. Peach's first three tracks find the remaining members reestablishing a group sound without Duane, with the affecting ballad "Melissa" proving that vocalist Gregg Allman and guitarist Dickey Betts were ready to carry the weight and start anew. But it's the tracks with Duane that find the band at their peak. Such live performances as "One Way Out" highlight the stupendous interplay between Duane and Dickey, while the epic, all-instrumental "Mountain Jam," with its permutating musical vistas, displays a rock ensemble unequalled at group interplay and cohesion. A handful of studio tracks recorded right before Duane's death provide a perfect coda. Betts's "Blue Sky" is a perfect example of the Allmans' special magic, blending country balladering and pop melodicism with stunning guitar improvisations and trademark dual guitar passages, while "Little Martha," an acoustic duet between Duane and Dickie, takes Peach out on a note of sublime tranquility.
Performance CreditsAllman Brothers Band Primary Artist
Gregg Allman Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Dickey Betts Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Duane Allman Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Berry Oakley Bass,Bass Guitar
Butch Trucks Percussion,Drums,Gong,Tambourine,Timpani,Vibes
Jai Johanny Johanson Conga,Drums
Technical CreditsGregg Allman Composer
Allman Brothers Band Arranger
Dickey Betts Composer
Steve Alaimo Composer
Howard Albert Engineer
Ron Albert Engineer
Duane Allman Composer
Aaron Baron Engineer
Larry Dahlstrom Engineer
Tom Dowd Producer,Audio Production
Bill Graham Arranger
Elmore James Composer
Bill Levenson Producer
Berry Oakley Composer
Marshall Sehorn Composer
Ovie Sparks Remixing
Butch Trucks Composer
Phil Walden Arranger
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
James Flournoy Holmes Illustrations,Cover Design
Michael Etchart Producer
Paul Bishow Producer
Jai Johanny Johanson Composer
Stephen Alaimo Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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This is the purest Southern Rock album you will ever find. All tracks are woth 5 stars especially Mellisa "so beautiful!", Mountain Jam "Best Jam Ever!", and Blue Sky "So pure!". Buy this album TODAY!!
I have seen the Allman Brothers band sooo many times,I stopped counting. In fact, one night Robin Trower opened for them, virtually an unknown band at the time. This CD PUTS you right there with them - the only song, which is my favorite thats not on the CD, is Stormy Monday, but it just wouldn't be the same without Duane playing. Side note: Duane and Eric Clapton together put out the very most famous "Layla" when they where with Derek and the Dominos. EAT A PEACH is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How could you not ALREADY have it.
Guitarist/leader Duane Allman died during the recording of EAT A PEACH, and as a result, this CD passes the torch to his brother Gregg and guitarist Dickey Betts. There are lots of great songs here, the only missteps being "Les Brers In 'E' Minor" and "Mountain Jam." The song "Melissa" is about the finality of death and loss, and reminds me of when I filed obituaries at a volunteer site years ago, whereas "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" has inspired me to go ahead with my visit with my family for Mother's Day despite the H1N1 Flu. This is a CD that you must own.
The Allman Brothers released several live albums and all of them are worth listening to, this is one of the great ones.