Allman Brothers Band -- Shades of Two Worlds

As I approach my sixtieth birthday, I realize that I've been a tremendous fan of the Allman Brothers Band for the past 45 years. I first saw them in 1971 at the Philadelphia Spectrum, sharing the bill with Elvin Bishop and Johnny Winter. I remember being absolutely hypnotized by the guitar wizadry of Duane and Dickey, the percussion interplay of Butch and Jaimoe, the pounding bass lines of Berry, and the soaring vocals of Gregg. I have since seen them many times, through every "band membership change," and have enjoyed every show and millions of hours listening to them on vinyl, CD, and internet streaming.

So, to get to my point .... I just finished reading Alan Paul's "One Way Out -- the Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band." A terrific book and I learned a lot about the boys. Like many fans, most of my listening was centered around the tunes from the first five albums. But I just got turned on to "Shades of Two Worlds," an incredible album with which I was previously unfamiliar. It's really, really good, and I sincerely recommend it to all my fellow fans of the band. I guess we're never to old to learn to love something new.
I watched a DVD history of the band and was surprised to learn that Duane only wrote one song- "Little Martha".
He said he had a dream and Jimi Hendrix (already deceased) gave him the song!
Freaky man!
I'm with you Adam. I've been following them as well. First time I didn't actually see the Allmans but saw Greg solo at the Attic in Greenville NC. I believe it was 1979 or so. It was a spiritual experience. Just Greg and his Hammond B3. Seen them numerous times since. Always been a fantastic show. Which is more than I can say for most others.
.......'' Shades of Two Worlds '' was amazing music by them along with ; '' Where it All Be Begins '' .....which I considered the twilight time of their recording careers. The common denominator was Dickie Betts. Like him or not he maintained that true Allman Brothers sound that we all fell in love with. Derek Truck as good as he his .....I just never liked or enjoyed the sound or tune of his guitar. When Dickie got booted, that was the end of the Allman Brothers. Otherwise you are correct that is a great disc
"When Dickie got booted, that was the end of the Allman Brothers."

Amen to that. It was the end of the band for me.