Gregg Allman – Laid Back (Remastered) (1973/2019) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Gregg Allman – Laid Back (Remastered) (1973/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:01 minutes | 767 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Island Def Jam

Laid Back is Gregg Allman’s debut studio solo album, released in October 1973 by Capricorn Records. He developed the album as a small creative outlet wherein he would assume full control, and he co-produced the album alongside Johnny Sandlin. Laid Back was largely recorded in March 1973 at Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, Georgia, with additional recording taking place at the Record Plant in New York City.

The album explores Allman’s varying influences, including rhythm and blues and soul music. It consists of several cover songs, originals, and a traditional hymn, and contains performances from a host of musicians, most notably Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton on guitars, Bill Stewart on drums, and Charlie Hayward on bass guitar. The album was created while Allman also worked on Brothers and Sisters, the fourth Allman Brothers album. The album title was a studio term Allman coined for relaxing a song’s tempo, while its cover was painted by Abdul Mati Klarwein.

Upon its release, Laid Back received positive reviews from music critics, and it peaked at number 13 on Billboard’s Top LPs & Tapechart. To support the album, Allman embarked on an ambitious tour, consisting of a full band and an entire string orchestra. Two singles were released to promote the record, with lead single “Midnight Rider” becoming a top 20 hit in the U.S. and Canada. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1974 for shipping 500,000 copies in the U.S., making it one of Allman’s best-selling albums.

“By the end of 1973, the Allman Brothers Band seemed to have it all nailed down. They’d proven their mettle with a fine synthesis of blues, jazz, folk, and country influences; expanded upon it with the definitive Fillmore East set; and moved forward after the separate losses of guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley. The group’s myriad strengths, in fact, might’ve been the reason that one of their most obvious gifts–Gregg Allman’s pained, growling voice–was sometimes overlooked. Laid Back, Gregg Allman’s first solo disc, seems in part an effort to gain a little more recognition. It worked, particularly given the strong radio response to its opening track, a loping remake of “Midnight Rider.” Likewise, much of the album’s remainder finds Allman tweaking the band’s blues (“Queen of Hearts”) and country sides (a cover of Jackson Browne’s “These Days”); horns and gospelish backing vocals add to the personal, often mournful feel. Much more coherent than its dated cover art (an either childlike or blasted-out-of-his-gourd Gregg ignoring a blazing volcano) indicates, Laid Back is an often convincing version of the man’s music. For Allman, it would get much, much worse before it would be this good again.”

1. Midnight Rider (Remastered) 04:25
2. Queen Of Hearts (Remastered) 06:14
3. Please Call Home (Remastered) 02:45
4. Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing (Remastered) 04:10
5. These Days (Remastered) 03:57
6. Multi-Colored Lady (Remastered) 04:53
7. All My Friends (Remastered) 04:32
8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Remastered) 04:49

Gregg Allman, vocals, organ, acoustic guitar
Bill Stewart, drums
Chuck Leavell, acoustic and electric pianos, vibes
Tommy Talton, acoustic, electric and slide guitars, dobro and tambourine
Scott Boyer, acoustic, electric and steel guitars, electric piano
David Brown, bass
Buzz Feiten, guitar
Charlie Hayward, bass
Paul Hornsby, organ, keyboards, clavinet
Jai Johanny Johanson, percussion, conga

Produced by Johnny Sandlin Gregg Allman

Digitally remastered