Allman Brothers Band - Idlewild South 12" Vinyl LP Album

  "Idlewild South" is the second album of The Allman Brothers Band, released in 1970.

  Idlewild South enjoyed some popular success as well as critical enthusiasm, mostly due to what Rolling Stone magazine called "briefer, tighter, less 'heavy' numbers" which were more radio-friendly. The two most prominent of these were "Midnight Rider" and "Revival", the latter of which, in conjunction with the instrumental "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (which would become one of the Allmans' most famed


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The Allman Brothers Band - Idlewild South: A Southern Rock Milestone
Album Description:

Released in 1970, "Idlewild South" marked a pivotal moment in the Allman Brothers Band's burgeoning career. It was their second studio album, and it solidified their position as pioneers of the Southern rock genre.

Historical Context

The late 1960s and early 1970s were a time of immense musical and cultural change. Rock music was evolving, branching out into diverse subgenres. The Allman Brothers Band, with their unique blend of blues, rock, jazz, and country, embodied this spirit of exploration.

Musical Exploration

"Idlewild South" is a testament to the band's musical versatility. It features a mix of original compositions and covers, each imbued with their signature sound. From the soulful ballad "Midnight Rider" to the instrumental jam "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," the album showcases the band's mastery of their craft.


The Allman Brothers Band is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of Southern rock. "Idlewild South" encapsulates the essence of this genre, with its extended jams, dual lead guitars, and soulful vocals. The album's blend of blues, rock, jazz, and country elements created a unique sound that resonated with audiences across the musical spectrum.


While the album was well-received critically and commercially, the band faced personal and internal struggles during this period. Their tumultuous lifestyle, fueled by substance abuse, led to tensions and conflicts within the band. However, their musical output remained strong, and "Idlewild South" stands as a testament to their creative resilience.

Production Team and Recording Studio

"Idlewild South" was produced by Tom Dowd, a renowned producer who had previously worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Cream. The album was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, and Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, Georgia. Dowd's production expertise and the studios' state-of-the-art equipment contributed to the album's polished sound.

Music Genre:

American Blues-Rock , Southern Rock

Album Production Information:

The album: " Band Idlewild South" was produced by: Tom Dowd

Record Label Information:

ATCO SD 33-342, with solid yellow record label

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record

170 grams vinyl LP

Album weight: 280 gram 

Year & Country:

1970 Made in USA
Band Members and Musicians on: Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Gregg Allman (vocals, piano, organ)
  • Duane Allman (lead, slide, and acoustic guitar)
  • Dickey Betts (lead guitar)
  • Berry Oakley (bass guitar, vocals on "Hoochie Coochie Man", and harmony vocals on "Midnight Rider")
  • Butch Trucks (drums)
  • Jai Johnny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums, congas)
  • Guest Performers:
  • Thom "Ace" Doucette (harmonica and tambourine)
Track Listing of: " Band Idlewild South"

The Songs/tracks on " Band Idlewild South" are

  • Revival (Dickey Betts) - 4:05
  • Don't Keep Me Wonderin' (Gregg Allman) - 3:31
  • Midnight Rider (Gregg Allman) - 2:59
  • In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (Dickey Betts) - 6:56
  • (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon) - 4:57
  • Please Call Home (Gregg Allman) - 4:02
  • Leave My Blues at Home (Gregg Allman) - 4:17
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