It's been 40 years since the Allman Brothers Band released "Brothers and Sisters," its first album after the death of Duane Allman.
No one was sure how well the album, or the band, would fare without one of its two acclaimed guitarists, but with Dickey Betts, now a Sarasota resident, at the guitar helm "Brothers and Sisters" went platinum and became the most successful album the band had released up to that time.
Now Universal Music Enterprises is reissuing the classic album -- which includes Allman standards "Ramblin' Man," "Jessica" and "Wasted Words" -- in several formats. There's the remastered album on CD and vinyl, plus two-CD and four-CD box sets that include rehearsals, jams, outtakes and (on the four-CD set) a live performance from September 1973.
The live recording -- which takes up two discs -- includes previously
unavailable versions of “Done Somebody Wrong,” “Stormy Monday,”
“Midnight Rider,” “Statesboro Blues,” “You Don’t Love Me,” “Les Brers in A Minor,” “Blue Sky,” “Trouble
No More” and “Whipping Post.”
All versions of the reissue will be available June 25.