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Crate Digger’s Gold: Gregg Allman Laid Back

February 10, 2012

Hail, hail to the Rock N’ Roll Music Sale in Maple Grove Minnesota.  Last week I went to their sale and came home with a major stack of wax. This is mainly a vinyl event – they have CDs (but I did not even look).

For about 25 years I have been listening to a CD of Gregg Allman’s Laid Back.  It has been one of my favortite albums.  I picked up a copy at the sale for $2.00.  I finally got around to listening to it tonight and what a mind blower.

It sounded fantastic.  The first CD reissues were often very careless – grab whatever tape was available and burn it to digital.  Maybe there are better version of the CD available, but I will be hard pressed to imagine any will beat this piece of vintage vinyl.

This is a magnificent album.  Highlights include Allman’s own “Midnight Rider” and Jackson Browne’s “These Days.”  This LP had a whole different groove from the Allman Brothers of the era – much more of a singer songwriter groove.  If you ever find this in a crate for less then $5 grab it.  Amazingly my $2 version was in excellent shape both the vinyl and the cover (wonderful gatefold).

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