Eat a Peach Songs Ranked

Eat a Peach is a 1972 double album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band, containing a mix of live and studio recordings. Following their artistic and commercial breakthrough with the release of the live album At Fillmore East (1971), the Allman Brothers Band got to work on their third studio album. Many in the band were struggling, however, with heroin addictions, and checked into rehab to confront these problems. On October 29, 1971, group leader and founder Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in the band’s hometown of Macon, Georgia, making it the final album to feature the guitarist. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album was released on February 12, 1972, in the United States by Capricorn Records. It was the band’s fourth album since their debut The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, and is their third studio album and second live album. On release Eat a Peach was an immediate commercial success and peaked at number four on Billboard’s Top 200 Pop Albums chart. The album was later certified platinum and remains a top seller in the band’s discography. Here are all of Eat a Peach songs ranked.

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9. Mountain Jam

“In the middle of the CD release is the 34-minute long “Mountain Jam.” As much as I’m in awe of the group and their skills as improvisers, I don’t know if they had to include a jam like this on a studio album. I mean, I know a lot of albums that are shorter than this single song! Still, it stands in some ways as a tribute to Duane. Not many people can solo as long as he does over one chord and still keep it interesting. I’m guessing it’s because the guy listened to Miles Davis exclusively for months at a time.”

8. Little Martha

“The acoustic “Little Martha,” which provides one last tragic “Why did Duane have to die?” moment. The track is a duet between Dickey and Duane that yet again shows the incredible range of this Georgian rock outfit.”

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7. Blue Sky

“The album concludes with two more superb cuts. “Blue Sky” is just about perfect, with the easy voice of Dickey Betts and one of the better guitar solos ever made, with Duane, then Duane and Dickey in harmony. So very tasty.”

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6. Melissa

“A timeless song that just gets better and better every time I hear it and also seems to reference the death of Duane, despite being written by Greg during his brother’s lifetime. “Crossroads—will you ever let him go/Or will you hide the dead man’s ghost?/Lord, will he lie beneath the clay/Or will his spirit float away?”

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5. Stand Back

“Stand Back”, another great blues track, this time recorded in the studio. By this time, you begin to realize that isn’t just about the guitars; Greg Allman is a fantastic singer. Seeing this band live in their prime would have been the Holy Grail of live music.”

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4. Les Brers in A Minor

“Les Brers in A minor” an instrumental track that shows the jazz influence of the group, with its almost Santana-esque flavor and memorable guitar and organ soli courtesy Dickey Betts and Greg Allman.”

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3. Trouble No More

“Trouble No More” is one of the less remarkable tracks here, but the fact that a perfectly executed piece of concise, muscular blues rock like that can qualify as a relative low point just speaks volumes about how good everything else here is.”

2. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More

 “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” comes at the band’s loss from the other side – it was written post-Duane, and while it also reflects the pain of their loss, it turns that experience into a melancholy but defiant pledge to live life to the fullest.”

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1. One Way Out

One Way Out”, originally a Sonny Boy Williamson song, is just brilliant – it’s fraught with tension from the lyrics detailing a guy who starts to fear his libido has put him in a dangerous spot, and the music matches that with its speedy slide riff and Gregg Allman’s harrowed delivery. That gives way to some searing soloing/jamming that gets so hot and frenzied it seems impossible to keep on the rails, and yet which they navigate with impossible precision, keeping the whole thing reined in just under the 5-minute mark.”