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on 3 August 2013
Its hard to find the 4 disc super deluxe box set released in 2013 on Amazon. It seems to be available as a download, but not as a box set of cd's. Beware - the link to a cd version on this page is to the wrong version. In fact many of the Amazon links are wrong.

Some of the reviews on this page date back to 2002 which can't be right as this was only released in 2013.

The 1973 LP - the first recorded after the death of Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley - is expanded to a super deluxe four-disc edition for its 40th anniversary (a 2 CD version is also available). It includes the album remastered, a disc of outtakes, rehearsals and jam sessions, and two discs of live material offering a complete 1973 concert recorded at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Its a super bundle of 4 cd's but make sure you order the correct version.

This error must be affecting sales - which is a shame.
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on 15 July 2013
How time flies, i can't believe its 40 years since the release of brothers and sisters, the first album i bought aged 15.This album is a timeless classic, a change of direction musically, necessitated by the death of leader Duane.The band made the wise decision not to use a second guitarist, but went with a young pianist, Chuck Leavell. The original album still sounds as great as it ever did, but i recommend the deluxe 4 cd collection..Discs 3 and 4 contain a live concert from 1973 at the winterland, san fransisco.Dickey betts really comes into his own here, and i doubt if he ever played better before or since. check out rambling man live, some divine playing. the entire package is well worth the extra money
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The Allman Brothers Band fifth album was an American No. 1 - so a decent aural brush-up of 1973's "Brothers And Sisters" has long been on the cards. And you have to say that Universal's 40th Anniversary celebration does that huge fan favourite a proper solid. Typically (and just like buses) this 2013 sonic overhaul comes at cash-strapped music lovers in three forms - a 2CD Deluxe Edition (reviewed) - a 4-Disc Super Deluxe Edition and even a good old Vinyl reissue. Here are the details for the Rambln' Southbound Man...

Released July 2013 - Brothers And Sisters DELUXE EDITION (2CDs) on Mercury/Universal 3728804 (Barcode 602537288045) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (38:23 minutes):
1. Wasted Words
2. Ramblin' Man
3. Come And Go Blues
4. Jelly Jelly
5. Southbound [Side 2]
6. Jessica
7. Pony Boy
Tracks 1 to 7 are their 5th album "Brothers And Sisters" - released August 1973 in the USA on Capricorn CP 0111 and September 1973 in the UK on Capricorn 2429 102 (reissued shortly after onto Capricorn K 47507).

Disc 2 - REHEARSALS, JAMS and OUTTAKES (66:16 minutes):
1. Wasted Words (3 Dec 1972 Rehearsal) 5:06 minutes
2. Trouble No More (Oct/Nov 1972 Rehearsal - Muddy Waters cover) 3:58 minutes
3. Southbound (Instrumental Outtake, Recorded 8 Nov 1972) 5:56 minutes
4. One Way Out (Rehearsal) 5:38 minutes
5. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of The Town (Rehearsal) 11:14 minutes
6. Done Somebody Wrong (3 Dec 1972 Rehearsal) 3:50 minutes
7. Double Cross (Outtake - Recorded 13 May 1973) 4:36 minutes
8. Early Morning Blues (Outtake - Recorded 27 May 1973) 9:27 minutes
9. A Minor Jam (Studio Jam - Recorded 8 March 1973) 16:30 minutes
Tracks 1 to 9 are all PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

Note: There is also a 4CD American SUPER DELUXE EDITION of "Brothers And Sisters" on Mercury/Universal B0018079-02 (Barcode 602537288076) that offers 2 further 2CDs (10 tracks on Disc 3 and 7 on Disc 4). Both feature a Previously Unreleased Concert - "Live At Winterland, 26 September 1973". This has unfortunately garnished something of a price tag since its release...

The 3-way foldout card digipak has one of those ugly stick-on DE bandanas unceremoniously taped onto the bottom of the outer digipak instead of the outer title plastic slipcase of old. Those slipcases were/are awkward to get the discs out of - but I actually kind of miss them now. Once opened the inside has a live photo of the band spread across all three flaps (under both see-through plastic trays) and the 24-page booklet is a chunky and colourful affair with excellent SCOTT SCHINDER liner notes. Butch Truck's son Vaylor is on the front of the booklet and Berry Oakley's daughter Brittany is on the back page - as they were on the front and rear of the original gatefold vinyl LP sleeve in 1973. There's the famous family photo gracing the centerspread and live shots of the band in action and detailed reissue credits on the last four pages. But the big news is a massive upgrade in sound. ANDY SKUROW and ELIOT KISSELEFF did the Tape Research and Transfers (respectively) and SETH FOSTER (a very experienced Universal engineer) did the mastering - and what a bang-up job they've done. Everything to my ears is better - vocals, guitars, but especially the Rhythm Section - clear and full of presence.

The album opens with Gregg Allman's "Wasted Words" which now has huge punch - Betts slide guitar tight with the vocals. Perennial rave "Ramblin' Man" has the keyboards punching above its former weight while that dual guitar finish sounds brill. Chuck Leavell's fab piano licks on "Come And Go Blues" now get a bit of extra oomph - but they properly explode out of the speakers on the Side 1 Bluesy finisher "Jelly Jelly". Side 2 opens with another Dicky Betts original "Southbound" where the cohesion of the guitars, piano and especially the funkily tight rhythm section blast into your living room. New Bassist Lamar Williams had only finished auditions for the band and along with Drummer Jaimoe they absolutely rock this track. We then an instrumental that has since gone into history - up there with "Albatross" and "Cavatina" in its impact - the wonderful "Jessica" in its full seven and half minutes glory (where would "Top Gear" be without it). With Betts given full Lead Guitar reign, Les Dudek on Acoustic and Gregg Allman on Organ - that Leavell solo part still put chills up me - and now sounding utterly brilliant. "Brothers And Sisters" ends on "Pony Boy" with Betts on his Dobro sounding like he's in your living room - beautifully done and easy to see why it's a concert fave still (lyrics from it title this review).

I had expected Disc 2 to be workmanlike - it s not - it rocks. Because the rehearsals are from their most volatile, sad and yet strangely productive period - to my ears the tracks bristle with looseness and discovery and a band wanting to matter and cope. The "Southbound" instrumental is a case in point - the band boogieing through the song like it was the most natural thing in the world (which for them it was). The cover of Muddy Waters' old Chess classic "Trouble No More" is just brilliant - while a real find is "Early Morning Blues" - the song replaced by "Jelly Jelly" on the album. Using the same back beat - you get mournful Rock Blues for nine and half great minutes ("What goes on in your worried and mixed up mind..."). The other cool outtake is "Double Cross" - a Lynyrd Skynyrd Boogie Shuffle circa "Nuthin' Fancy". Admittedly the near seventeen minutes of "A Minor Jam" will test the patience of newcomers - but I can't help think that die-hards will secretly chew up every indulgent guitar/piano jamming minute of it.

So there you it - a winner made better. Five weeks at Number 1 and their first platter to go Platinum - it's easy to hear why "Brothers And Sisters" endures all these years after. And I still wonder what that child is looking at in those leaves below his feet...a plectrum maybe...
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on 14 July 2002
I think this is the last great Allmans album.With brother Duane having moved on, Dickey Betts contributes some classics to the brothers set list.Gregg allman proves what a great blues vocalist he is with his world weary delivery.The album opens with "Wasted words" with some fine lyrics from Gregg.The two blues numbers are excellent with some fine lead guitar from Dickey at the end of "Jelly roll(Blues)the new piano player Chuck leavell adds some nice touches on "Come and go Blues" with Gregg's Hammond swirling as backup. The outstanding cut here is the rocker "Southbound" with brilliant interchange between Betts and Leavell."Jessica" as we know is a classic alongside Betts "Rambling man" "Pony boy" ends the album on a country song written by Betts,most of his solo material was country music. I can't end without mentioning bass player Brother Berry Oakley who had more freedom to play melodic bass lines due to the Allmans having two drummers.Brother Berry was killed in a motorbike crash just two blocks from where Duane was killed.After his death,for me ,that was the end of the magic !A band that didn't have much luck,but brought us some brilliant music!
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VINE VOICEon 19 August 2013
Type ' Allman Brothers Brothers And Sisters' into the Amazon search and there's a confusing array of different versions to pick from - at least four different editions on CD; 3 of which just came out Summer 2013 from Universal - a regular 1CD version (with a remastered sound that upgrades the old Capricorn Classics edition); a pricier 'Deluxe' 2CD version and this, very pricey 4-CD 'Super Deluxe' edition which Amazon just list as 'Box Set'. (On it's rightly listed as '40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition'). Oddly, it's not been available direct from a week or so since its release - only via 3rd party sellers, which is how I landed my copy. Some reviews I've read refer to it as being 'limited edition' although that's not stated anywhere on the box set itself or accompanying sticker. The version I bought is clearly a US import complete with FBI anti-piracy logo; perhaps there simply was no European pressing, hence the limited stock? It seems to be in short supply on lots of UK websites, not just this one. So is it worth going out of your way to pay extra for? In a word: yes (just about). What you're dealing with here is a 10-panel card wallet, with a 32-page booklet and 4 CDs: the (remastered) album itself; a bonus disc of rehearsals, jams and outtakes (all previously unreleased and all available with the regular 2CD deluxe edition) as well as two further discs devoted to a live performance at Winterland in San Francisco in Sep 1973, most of which are unreleased. The live discs are stunning - they've certainly been played a good deal more times by me than the album itself, which I like but don't love, or the second disc of outtakes, which feels a bit superfluous. If you want them on CD then forking out for the Super Deluxe version is your only option. The packaging's nice-looking but infuriatingly impractical; my discs are all scuffed already because they slide in and out of the cardboard wallet; there's no protective jewel case-type tray. A common mistake but doubly annoying when you're paying £40+. Anyway you could just download it for £15 - probably best if you don't have a compulsive need to own the CD itself as I do. Otherwise, yes, it's a pain to go out of your way and pay handsomely for a badly designed box set ... but then the live performance of Whipping Post alone is worth it for me. Insanely good. Wish they'd just released the concert as a stand-alone double CD though, for a tenner or so.... but then ripping off the loyal fan seems to have become the big record company's M.O. Stupidly, I go along with it. Will again next week when the new Dylan bootleg is offered in standard and `Deluxe' version for £75. Criminal. But I'm stupid enough to cough up because I love the music. Rant over. Enjoy (if you have the money).
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on 4 August 2004
This cd represented a change in direction for the Allmans. With Duane Allman no longer around, the decision was taken to stick with Dickey Betts as a lone guitarist and to bring in Chuck Leavell on piano. Two on drums, two on keyboards and one on guitar. Sounds weird, huh?

The music is the real change of direction, with Dickey taking a bigger role in the writing and the vocals. Net result is that five of the tracks have a country/blues feel to them. The exceptions are tracks 3 (a bit Supertrampy) and 4 (more Greg Allman bluesy). The country ones are the ones I prefer.

Track 6 (Jessica) if you didn't know is the theme music for Top Gear (or was until they replaced the Allmans version with something horrible, modern and tinny).

And track 7 is a great one for getting my baby son to sleep. I can sit him in my lap and tap my hands to the music on his thighs, and he's gone. Totally sparko! But I'm not telling the missus my secret.

All in all, an excellent album. I rate it above Eat a Peach and just below Beginnings and the Fillmore.
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on 16 March 2006
Admittadly not gound breaking and never considered an essential record by anyone regards the history of Rock Music, but for me brilliant. Definatly one of my all time top five favourite albums. Despite the loss of key members, Duane Allman and Berry Oakley in traffic road accidents the band made a breathtaking album here. The opening track Wasted Words is the only one that dips below brilliant. No matter how good a mood you are in, the instrumental Jessica will always get you a touch happier, Come and Go Blues sounds so tired and lazy until a brilliant bridge and guitar solo. Jelly Jelly ( Stormy Monday )eases in then hits you with left hook of a guitar at the end. The Country sounding Rambling Man has brilliant guitar work..... need i go on , just buy it and enjoy.
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on 7 July 2003
I've always loved the sound of the electric lead guitar and although I've heard music by some incredibly talented and skilful players since this album was made, the quality of the playing is enough for it to remain an album that I can return to again and again without ever getting fed up.
If you like lead guitar coupled with good songs and good general all round musicianship then buy this album and you won't be disappointed.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 February 2014
Despite the loss of Brother Duane, the Allmans came back with this career defining album in 1973. It's still the band in all their energetic and inspired glory but the sound seems slicker and the song writing incredibly assured and varied. The blues are still in evidence , but the raucous jams of yore have been replaced with more consider arrangements and songs that focus more on mood and melody then excitement alone.A welcome addition to the band comes in the form of pianist Chuck Leavell who makes his presence felt with numerous little touches and solos throughout the album. Dickie Betts adds considerably to the band with his country -bluesy guitar and drawling vocals. His showcase is the pleasing little Dobro driven ,'Pony Boy' a cheery song to end the album on to be sure. So from the 'T' Bone Walker influenced 'Jelly Jelly' to the wild 'Southbound' and the instant sunshine of 'Jessica' its great songs all the way.

For newcomers to the Allmans, this album is a great place to start. Sadly after this set, the band were unable to keep up the creative momentum, although just about subsequent Allman album is worth a listen.
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on 8 June 2014
If you haven't cranked up this album for a while, by all means pick up this deluxe version and rock out. Outstanding from beginning to end, it was a remarkable achievement considering the band lost leader Duane Allman a year before, and bassist Berry Oakley during recording. Both Gregg Allman and guitarist Dickie Betts are in stellar form, Betts delivering with countrified hit Rambling Man and his greatest instrumental, Jessica. Gregg's blues drawl has never been used better than on Wasted Words, Come and Go Blues and Southbound. The slide playing may lack Duane's searing attack (Dickie didn't like playing slide, apparently), but Betts' melodic lines and guitar harmonies became the band's new trademark. The bonus disc features plenty of great Allman jamming, including One Way Out and other stage songs they rehearsed to work brilliant pianist Chuck Leavell into the band. The instrumental version of Southbound is truly dynamic. To this day they remain a great live band, despite many personnel changes, but they never reached these heights in the studio again.
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