Out Now: Allman Brothers Band ‘Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection’

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This one’s for the most devoted fans of the Allman Brothers Band. Today, the Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection was officially released via Island Mercury/UMe, and it packs quite a punch a far as “just about everything you’d want to hear in one collection” is concerned.

Announced back in mid-January, the Trouble No More set is geared around commemorating the iconic blues/rock group‘s 50th anniversary. Having formed in 1969, the band was on the precipice of find itself musically and, eventually, becoming the undeniable force that it would go on to become through its records, red-hot live performances and more.

The collection comes weeks before a very special concert taking place in New York on March 10 called The Brothers: Celebrating 50 Years of the Allman Brothers Band. 

Here’s an idea of what this set is all about, from the official news release:

Arranged chronologically and thematically and representing all 13 lineups the band had, Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection is grouped into five distinct eras representing the various stages of the band’s recording and performance history, divided by the group’s stints on the Capricorn, Arista and Epic labels, as well as the band’s own Peach imprint. Starting with The Capricorn Years 1969 – 1979 Part I, the collection kicks off at the beginning of the Allman Brothers Band’s story with their first-ever recording, the previously unreleased 1969 demo version of “Trouble No More,” and includes highlights from their self-titled debut like the swaggering one-two punch of “Don’t Want You No More” and “It’s Not My Cross To Bear,” the musical maelstrom “Whipping Post;” standouts from their second album, Idlewild South, such as the classic “Midnight Rider;” Dickey’s first songwriting effort for the band, “Revival;” and “Don’t Keep Me Wondering,” with Duane’s slide guitar work center stage. The original lineup’s legacy album, the legendary live At Filmore East, recorded in March 1971 at promoter Bill Graham’s East Village theatre, is represented here with the blues-rock shuffle of “Statesboro Blues,” a sultry take on “Stormy Monday” and the dazzling 13-minute instrumental odyssey, “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” where every member is in perfect harmony. As Lynskey writes in the comprehensive liners, “There is no question, however, that The Allman Brothers Band was at their best up on a stage, playing live music for an audience. The group played with unbridled energy, and without constraints. While their set list did not vary all that much from night to night in the early days, the band’s desire to explore, create and improvise guaranteed that each show would be a different listening experience… Their marathon concerts became the stuff of legend, and that spirit was captured on At Fillmore East, the live set by which all others are measured.”

Stream the Allman Brothers Band Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection below, via Spotify:

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