Expanded Reissue of Gregg Allman’s 1973 Debut ‘Laid Back’ Coming in August

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Rock Cellar Magazine

Gregg Allman released his debut solo album, Laid Back, in March 1973. The result of a creative burst outside the realm of the Allman Brothers Band and its in-fighting, the album would kick-start his heralded solo career.

On August 30, an updated and expanded version of Laid Back will be released via Mercury/UMe to commemorate the album and pay tribute to his lasting legacy. In addition, a reissue of The Gregg Allman Tour, a live set from this era, will be re-released on vinyl for the first time since 1987.

Here’s a previously unreleased demo recording of the song “These Days” as a preview:

More on both scheduled reissues, via the news release:

The new Deluxe Edition of Laid Back expands the original album, which features tunes like “Please Call Home,” covers of “These Days” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” and a different take on the Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider,” to 34 tracks and includes 26 bonus tracks of previously unreleased or rare songs or new mixes. Early mixes of all eight songs are featured alongside the remastered album on disc one while disc two includes demos, outtakes, alternates and a breathtaking solo acoustic live performance of “Melissa” from the Capitol Theatre on April 13, 1974. The 2CD Deluxe Edition of Laid Back includes beautiful new packaging with unreleased photos and extensive liner notes by noted Allman Brothers Band historian John Lynskey. Tracks have been newly remastered from the original Laid Back analog album masters, as well as from analog and digital archival masters. Laid Back digital configurations will include HD 192kHz 24-bit and 96kHz 24-bit, Mastered for iTunes and standard streaming/download; while the Laid Back Deluxe Edition digital configurations include standard streaming/download and Mastered for iTunes.

Out of print on vinyl for over 30 years, The Gregg Allman Tour double LP, available on both 180-gram black vinyl and 180-gram grey and white marble vinyl, has been remastered from the original stereo analog tapes. This vinyl reissue mimics the original double LP with sides one and four pressed on disc one, and sides two and three pressed on disc two which optimizes playback for multi-disc turntables. Recorded over three nights at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 10 & 11, 1974 and at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey on April 13, 1974, Allman along with members of the band Cowboy (Scott Boyer, Randall Bramblett, David Brown, Chuck Leavell, Bill Stewart, Tommy Talton), and a 24-piece orchestra performed songs from his debut solo album Laid Back alongside several laid-back reworkings of Allman Brothers Band songs like “Stand Back” and “Dreams.” The album also features spirited covers of “Turn On Your Love Light,” “Are You Lonely For Me Baby” and the Elvis Presley hit “I Feel So Bad,” as well as two tracks by Cowboy who take the reins with their songs “Time Will Take Us” and “Where Can You Go?,” the latter featuring Allman on keys. The record is also notable for its inclusion of “Oncoming Traffic,” a song that Allman said he was especially proud of and that wasn’t featured on any studio releases. Digital configurations will include HD 192kHz 24-bit and 96kHz 24-bit, Mastered for iTunes and standard streaming/download.

Here’s the track listing for the CD reissue:


LAID BACK remastered

  1. Midnight Rider
  2. Queen Of Hearts
  3. Please Call Home
  4. Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing
  5. These Days
  6. Multi-Colored Lady
  7. All My Friends
  8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken


LAID BACK early mixes

  1. Midnight Rider (Early Mix)*
  2. Queen Of Hearts (Early Mix)
  3. Please Call Home (Early Mix)*
  4. Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing (Early Mix)*
  5. These Days (Early Mix)*
  6. Multi-Colored Lady (Early Mix)
  7. All My Friends (Early Mix)*
  8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Early Mix)*



LAID BACK demos, outtakes & alternates

  1. Never Knew How Much (Demo)**
  2. All My Friends (Demo)
  3. Please Call Home (Demo)*
  4. Queen Of Hearts (Demo)*
  5. God Rest His Soul (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)
  6. Rollin’ Stone (Catfish Blues) (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)**
  7. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)
  8. Multi-Colored Lady (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)
  9. These Days (Solo Guitar, Piano & Vocal Demo)*
  10. Shadow Dream Song (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)
  11. Wasted Words**
  12. These Days (Alternate Version with Pedal Steel Guitar)
  13. Multi-Colored Lady (Rough Mix)*
  14. These Days (Rough Mix)*
  15. God Rest His Soul (Rehearsal)
  16. Midnight Rider (Rehearsal)*
  17. Song For Adam / Shadow Dream Song (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)
  18. Melissa (Live at the Capitol Theatre)*


* Previously unreleased

** Previously unreleased mix

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