Sound — 10
Everyone knows the Allman Brothers sound. that sweet southern rock feel with a big blues influence, driven by the slide work of either Duane Allman or Dickey Betts. This album was the first album recorded and released completely without Duane, after his death from a motorcycle accident. Dickey Betts is playing lead full time, and whips out the slide to emulate Duane. This is the greatest the Allman Brothers got without Duane, and it may even be their best.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics are quite what you would expect out of the Allman Brothers, although the words themselves are often not the strongest aspect of the music, they're still interesting enough to keep your attention. The lyrics fit the music nicely following the similar themes of the genre being played, and they are alway sung wonderfully. Gregg Allman may have a better voice, but Dickey Betts is very underated as a vocalist. His voices coincides with the more country-style tracks perfectly, such as Ramblin' Man and especially Pony Boy.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall this album is quintessiential Allman Brothers, taking their southern blues rock to a peak in the studio with this album. standouts include Ramblin' Man, with and absolutely fantastic solo section, the radio classic Jessica, and instrumental that you have most likely all heard, filled with fantastic solos from Betts and pianist Chuck Leavell. Pony Boy Is A Betts' lead acoustic slide blues country thing that works wonderfully. The rest of the album is no slouch either, there's not a bad song in the bunch. This is the last great Allman Brothers album, at least until Hittin' the Note came out, but thats not for another 30 years, so enjoy classic Allmans with their at the time last great stand. Buy it again if it's stolen and congradulate the theif for having great taste.