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Allman Brothers Band to Release the Fox Box 2004

When the Allman Brothers Band hit Atlanta's Fox Theatre for a sold-out three-night run in 2004, they were buoyed by the critical and fan reception of what would be their final studio album, Hittin' The Note.  The band had been touring heavily and were ready to settle down in their beloved Atlanta for three special nights.  The shows were released by the then-nascent "Instant Live" program, contemporaneous recordings sold at shows and internet mail order only afterwards without much packaging or fanfare.

Now, the band will release--digitally March 24 and physically on April 28--via Red Distribution all three shows as The Fox Box.  The 8-CD set features a remastered audio mix as well as tightening up of the song spacing.  And these three September 2004 shows have a unique feature that ABB fans will appreciate: of the 53 songs performed, there is only one repeat, the sprawling "Dreams," played (three times), and each with a different voicing by the guitar soloist: Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and Jack Pearson.

Allman Brothers Band in 2004 featured founding members Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals) and drummers Butch Trucks and  Jaimoe along with longtime percussionist Marc Quinones, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge.  Guitarist Jack Pearson, who was in the band from 1997-99, was a special guest.  Other guests include Derek's bandmate/wife Susan Tedeschi, guitarist Vaylor Trucks (Butch's son who was captured on the rear cover of Brothers & Sisters as a child) and keyboardist Rob Baracco (Phil Lesh Quintet/Other Ones).

Since 2002, representatives for the ABB--Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honorees--have worked diligently to honor and respect the music of the band, which was founded in 1969.  Through their own Peach Records, they have released a number of high-quality, fan-favorite shows including a 40th Anniversary DVD as well as Hittin' the Note and One Way Out CDs, among others.

Fox Box track list:

9/24/04 Disc 1

Mountain Jam
Trouble No More
Midnight Rider
Wasted Words
Worried Down With The Blues
You Don't Love Me
Ain't Wastin' Time No More

Disc 2

Rockin' Horse
Hot 'Lanta
Melissa
Come And Go Blues
Can't Love What You Never Had
Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad?
Franklin's Tower

Disc 3

Black Hearted Woman
Dreams (with Jack Pearson)
Mountain Jam (reprise) (with Jack Pearson)
Southbound (with Jack Pearson)

9/25/04 Disc 1

Les Brers (Intro)
Don't Want You No More  / It's Not My Cross To Bear
Statesboro Blues
Stand Back
Who's Been Talking
Soulshine
Good Clean Fun
Old Before My Time
Woman Across The River
Instrumental Illness

Disc 2

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Leave My Blues At Home
Key To The Highway
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (with Susan Tedeschi)
One Way Out (with Valor Trucks)
Blue Sky
Dreams
Les Brers In A Minor
Layla

9/26/04 Disc 1

Revival
Every Hungry Woman
Done Somebody Wrong
Hoochie Coochie Man
Desdemona
High Cost Of Low Living
44 Blues
End Of The Line

Disc 2

Dreams
I Walk On Gilded Splinters
Stormy Monday
The Same Thing (with Rob Baracco)
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (with Rob Baracco)

Disc 3

In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (cont'd, with Rob Baracco)
Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
No One To Run With
Whippin' Post

 

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