The Allman Brothers Band - Macon Bakin' Rehearsals
Studio Outtakes 1969 - 1970 - Coffee Tea or Me Records
There aren't precise dates given for the outtakes on this bootleg, other than the years 1969 and 1970. But it seems likely that most or all of these tracks were done during the sessions for their second album, Idlewild South, as this has versions of six of the seven songs that made it onto that LP, along with a few other tunes (four of them untitled instrumentals). Naturally, the average fan will be satisfied with the official early Allman Brothers albums and probably not need to hear these outtakes on top of those. If you are a serious Allmans fan, however, this is a good deal, since the sound quality's very good just a tad below official release standards, in fact and there's an abundance of material on this CD, adding up to 65 minutes altogether. Since Allman Brothers fans are often the sort, a la Grateful Dead fans, who have a large capacity for many different alternate versions of the same tunes, they'll appreciate hearing these outtakes, as the execution's strong even if the arrangements hold few surprises. Less familiar items of special interest include a traditional acoustic bluesminded medley of "Terraplane Blues/Come on in My Kitchen/Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed" with Duane Allman on solo guitar and vocals; "Little Martha," done by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts on acoustic guitars; and a studio version of "Statesboro Blues," which of course the Allmans would do live on Live at Fillmore East. While the instrumentals aren't fully formed songs, they're wellplayed, reasonably satisfying bluesy workouts, getting into some jazzinfluenced, pianoanchored jamming on the one titled "Instrumental 3."
- Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide