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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb documentary worthy of its subject
In `Song of the South' we at last have a documentary worthy of its subject, telling in some detail the tragically short story of the life of Duane Allman. The film gives a blow by blow account of Duane's entire career, starting at High School playing in local covers bands, where we are introduced to some of his earliest friends and band mates. Over the next two hours we...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Duane Allman and Berry Oakley RIP
The story of some great musicians - Duane and Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley ,Dickey Bett , Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Toler brothers and
Chuck leavel from the South and how it all came about.

Good information and story but would have liked to hear more of the music and more electric guitar playing by one of the greatest guitarists and bands. Duane played slide...
Published 6 days ago by I. Macqueen


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb documentary worthy of its subject, 10 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Allman Brothers Band - Song Of The South [DVD] [2013] [NTSC] (DVD)
In `Song of the South' we at last have a documentary worthy of its subject, telling in some detail the tragically short story of the life of Duane Allman. The film gives a blow by blow account of Duane's entire career, starting at High School playing in local covers bands, where we are introduced to some of his earliest friends and band mates. Over the next two hours we follow him through the numerous line ups of The Allman Joys, The Hour Glass, and eventually of course The Allman Brothers and his sessions with Eric Clapton. We meet the key musicians and producers who worked alongside him at every stage and each of them speaks at length about Duane's extraordinary talent. For my money the most insightful and touching comments come from Willie Perkins, the ABB tour manager who lived and worked alongside the band from 70-76.

At every stage of the film the viewer is presented with recordings of Duane's music and rare footage of his performances. The narrative of the film is framed by the musical and social history of The South, and the impact of the The Allman Brothers Band and Southern Rock in general, told expertly by an array of critics, historians and music biographers. The film closes with a round up of The Allman Brothers Band's achievements post Duane, and how they preceded a new breed of Southern acts thereby redefining the American musical landscape. As extra features we are presented with extended interviews with the aforementioned Willie Perkins, and legendary studio engineers of `Eat a Peach', `Idlewild South' and `Layla...'albums, The Albert Brothers who explain how these incredible recordings were made.

This DVD is an absolute delight that I can't recommend highly enough, an excellent addition to any Allman Brothers collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Duane Allman - Song Of The South DVD, 25 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Allman Brothers Band - Song Of The South [DVD] [2013] [NTSC] (DVD)
Duane Allman was a very gifted man. His brother Gregg is also a gifted singer. This DVD is produced by some journalists and not authorised by the band.
It is a well produced documentary however that does include some fragments of original Allman Brothers songs and some footage of the Allman Brothers in the 1970s, including a show at The Fillmore.
The use of effects on the images do annoy me, trying to look old and scratchy etc and using pops and scratches on Duane's voice from an interview is a bit silly.
However I did enjoy this DVD as a history of Duane and the interviews from people who knew him are very interesting.
This is worth getting if you want to know more about Duane Allman and Southern Rock in general.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive, 18 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Allman Brothers Band - Song Of The South [DVD] [2013] [NTSC] (DVD)
Some will argue that the soul of the Allman Brothers Band died on 29 October 1971, when guitarist and founding member Duane "Skydog" Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident. The band tours to this day, with three original members in the ranks, continuing to attract new fans and set audiences aflame at live shows, but the band's last great studio album came 40 years ago and most will tell you that the brotherhood that bonded the group early on vanished once and for all in November 1972, when bassist Berry Oakley followed Duane Allman to the grave.
As grim as all that sounds, this two-hour documentary celebrates the vibrancy and genius of Duane Allman, following him from his youth in Tennessee to his formative years in Florida where he and brother Gregg played in the Allman Joys and, shortly thereafter, The Hour Glass. It was with the latter band that the Allmans and their friends (including Paul Hornsby, who appears in this video) experienced their first taste of success, gaining nods from fellow musicians on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and recording two interesting but largely unsuccessful albums for the Liberty imprint.
One of the joys this film provides is how the audio allows you to trace Allman's aural lineage from apprentice to master as the soul-by-numbers sound of The Hour Glass gives way to the rowdier, dirtier, bluesier sound that the Allman Brothers would become known for. After The Hour Glass's sand ran out, Allman found work at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals where he persuaded Wilson Pickett to record "Hey Jude" and quickly found himself a well-respected and in-demand player.
But the life of a studio rat was not meant for him, and before long he recruited some old friends, including members of the Florida band Second Coming (Reese Wynans, later of Captain Beyond and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble was in the ranks), brought everyone to Macon, Georgia, convinced his brother to join, and the rest, of course, is legend. Guests here dissect Allman's impressive but small recorded output with the Brothers, including his work on "Dreams" (from the band's 1969 self-titled debut), the explosive 1971 live album At Fillmore East LP, on the Derek and the Dominoes classic Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, and Eat a Peach, which features his final recorded work and one of the few pieces he wrote in his short lifetime, "Little Martha".
His legacy is not in need of reassessment but that is not what this video is about. This is the story of a man who traveled a great distance in a short amount of time (he was 24 in 1971 and his recording career was less than a decade old at that time) and whose particular genius not only launched a new genre (Southern rock) but has continued to inspire listeners and players well over 40 years after his death.
With two Allman Brothers related books due for release in early 2014, one by drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks and the other from Duane's daughter Galadrielle, this serves as a good introduction of what's likely to come and provides as good an excuse (not that you need one) as any to throw Eat A Peach or some other Duane-related recording on the turntable and drift back to a time when a bright and untold future still lay ahead for the man and his brothers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD giving insights to 1970 scene., 9 Nov 2013
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Mr. Alfred W. Barnard "Alf: Dundee" (Dundee, Scotland.) - See all my reviews
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Good DVD and if a fan of Duane Allman - well worth having. The absence of Eric Clapton is a great pity as is more live footage of Duane in action. However, until a better DVD comes along - buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Rock Pioneer & innovator, 5 Nov 2013
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Nearly 40 years on & Duane Allman's influence is still there. First of many. The irreplaceable pioneer. One can't help wondering what would have come if it wasn't for his untimely death-the same as for Jimi Hendrix!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Duane Allman and Berry Oakley RIP, 11 April 2014
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I. Macqueen "Iain Macqueen" (England) - See all my reviews
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The story of some great musicians - Duane and Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley ,Dickey Bett , Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Toler brothers and
Chuck leavel from the South and how it all came about.

Good information and story but would have liked to hear more of the music and more electric guitar playing by one of the greatest guitarists and bands. Duane played slide duet on LAYLA with Eric Clapton

However if you want more visuals then you have to get some of their great dvds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite SONG of the SOUTH, 9 Feb 2014
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This should of had more fotage of the late GREAT Duane Allman.I did watch it all the way through and now won't bother for awhile yet I will leave it on the DVD shelf.
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