Early this morning we came across a press release with a headline that reeled us right in: “Allman Brothers Band to Release Two Vintage Recordings.” We’ve been waiting since 2007 for the band to put out a live recording featuring one of the hundreds of gigs they played between 1969 and 1976, so we couldn’t contain our excitement. Unfortunately, after reading the first few paragraphs it became clear that the Allmans were just re-releasing two shows they put out in 2004 and 2005 respectively – Macon, GA 2/11/72 and Nassau Coliseum 5/1/73.
Now, don’t get us wrong – these two performances are stellar and if you don’t own ’em, you should grab ’em when they come back out. But why re-release shows you’ve already released? And why doesn’t the press release mentioned they are re-releases?
There’s an interesting bit in the press release that contains some news that was new to us:
n 2011, the band joined forces with Entertainment One Music to market two signature band-owned labels: PEACH RECORDS for the sales of its previous Sanctuary label releases and new live recordings of the current band as well as the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND RECORDING COMPANY for the release of archival recordings featuring the late DUANE ALLMAN and BERRY OAKLEY.
Two years ago the members of the band and the estates of Duane and Berry formed a company with the sole purpose of putting out archival recordings, yet all this time later ABB fans are still waiting. It can’t be easy to deal with family members of your late band mates and I’m sure getting Dickey Betts to sign off on Allmans’ music must be a pain, but there’s money to be made and fans to be pleased.
For the five years between 2002 and 2007, the Allmans put out six AMAZING live archival releases. Since that time there’s been nothing. Let’s hope that changes sooner rather than later.