Idlewild South Songs Ranked

Idlewild South is the second studio album by American southern rock band the Allman Brothers Band. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album was released on September 23, 1970 in the United States by Atco Records and Capricorn Records. Following the release of their 1969 debut, the Allman Brothers Band toured the United States extensively to promote the album, which had little commercial success. Their performances, however, did create positive word-of-mouth exposure that extended to more famous musicians, such as Eric Clapton, who invited group leader Duane Allman to contribute to his 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The album was released in September 1970 but again failed to achieve significant success. Sales began to grow, however, due to over 300 shows the band put on in 1970, setting the stage for their artistic and commercial breakthrough with 1971’s live follow-up album, At Fillmore East. Following the band’s increased fame in the early 1970s, this album and its self-titled debut, The Allman Brothers Band, were repackaged into the compilation album Beginnings. In 1973, Beginnings was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Here are all of Idlewild South songs ranked.

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7. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

“In memory of Elizabeth Reed” is an instrumental. It is jazzy yet it also remains in a true song structure rather than an excuse to play a lot of notes. The Allman Brothers never noodle on the guitar. Every note counts”

6. Midnight Rider

“Midnight Rider” is a classic song that epitomizes the Southern Rock sound. Check out the interplay between the guitars of Dickie Betts and Duane Allman.”

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5. Leave My Blues at Home

 “Leave My Blues at Home” is a fitting toe-tapper to end the album with (it always makes me want to start from the beginning again). I’m not sure, but the entire band seemed to be in perfect harmony on this album. Whether they really were or not, the album is more than perfect.”

4. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’

“Don’t keep me wondering” is a scorching rocker with great, greasy, slide guitar. Dune Allman employs a terrific fat tone. Continues the predominant sound of their debut, featuring a prominent slide riff with an organ-heavy hook.”

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3. Please Call Home

 “Please Call Home” is a slowed-down ballad with Gregg singing with some real feeling. “Please Call Home” is the most soul-influenced song they’d yet recorded and is a personal favourite.”

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2. Hoochie Coochie Man

“Berry Oakley has a riot as he belts out a frenzied but fun reading of Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’. Their take on “Hoochie Coochie Man” is much fresher than you might expect, and certainly adds more to it than most standard rock versions.”

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1. Revival

It starts with “Revival” which is perfectly titled. The song starts out as a jazzy, instrumental but then turns into a wonderful call and response tune. It is very uplifting and one of my favorite Allman Brother songs. “Revival” may have a pretty hippy sentiment but the music itself touches on pretty much everything you’d associate with the Allmans.”