Beginnings (The Allman Brothers Band album)

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The Allman Brothers Band - Beginnings.jpg
Compilation album by
GenreSouthern rock
ProducerAdrian Barber (tracks 1-7)
Tom Dowd (tracks 8-12, 14)
Joel Dorn (track 13)
The Allman Brothers Band chronology
Eat a Peach
Brothers and Sisters
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars [2]

Beginnings is a 1973 reissue of the Allman Brothers Band's first two albums, The Allman Brothers Band and Idlewild South, made to capitalize on the band's popularity since those records had first come out. Beginnings also includes extensive liner notes by writer Jean-Charles Costa that gave many fans their first coherent view of the band's history, as well as useful guidelines for how to tell Duane Allman's guitar parts from Dickey Betts'; the front cover depicts them at one of their many famous performances at the Fillmore East.

For "Beginnings", the band's debut album was remixed by Tom Dowd, replacing Adrian Barber's original mix.

Track listing[edit]

The Allman Brothers Band:
  1. "Don't Want You No More" (Spencer Davis, Edward Hardin)
  2. "It's Not My Cross to Bear" (Gregg Allman)
  3. "Black Hearted Woman" (Gregg Allman)
  4. "Trouble No More" (Muddy Waters)
  5. "Every Hungry Woman" (Gregg Allman)
  6. "Dreams" (Gregg Allman)
  7. "Whipping Post" (Gregg Allman)
Idlewild South:
  1. "Revival" (Dickey Betts)
  2. "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" (Gregg Allman)
  3. "Midnight Rider" (Gregg Allman, Robert Payne)
  4. "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (Dickey Betts)
  5. "Hoochie Coochie Man" (Willie Dixon)
  6. "Please Call Home" (Gregg Allman)
  7. "Leave My Blues at Home" (Gregg Allman)


Personnel on original albums, see:

Personnel of this compilation:

  • Chuck Pulin – cover and liner photos
  • Sue Poyneer – album design
  • Jean-Charles Costa – liner notes