Allman Brothers, Leave My Blues At Home

I read a cute story today about Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi in the New Yorker, which for some reason got me thinking about Idlewild South, the second Allman Brothers Band album. The one before Live at Fillmore East. The record was kind of a bomb, but you have to wonder why.

I like this cut, which should be an amiable shuffle, but somehow turns all the good feelings inside out. Leave ’em at home? Sure, but they’re coming with you. That’s how it sounds to me.



5 thoughts on “Allman Brothers, Leave My Blues At Home

  1. Flop may be too strong, it peaked at 39 on the Billboard chart, but here’s what Wikipedia reports:

    Idlewild South was issued by Atco and Capricorn Records on September 23, 1970, less than a year after the band’s debut album.[23] It sold only “marginally better, in spite of the band’s growing national reputation, and included songs that would become staples of its repertoire—and eventually of rock radio.”[25] While the album did help boost the band’s popularity, the Allman Brothers’ name really grew in fame due to their live performances.[26] Walden doubted the band’s future, worrying whether they would ever catch on, but word of mouth spread due to the band’s relentless touring schedule, and crowds got larger.[25]

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