Allman Joys, The

Band members               Related acts

- Duane Allman (RIP 1971) -- guitar
- Gregg Allman -- vocals, keyboards
- Tommy Amato -- drums
- Ralph Ballinger -- bass
- Billy Carnell -- drums (1965) 
- Bobby Dennis -- rhythm guitar
- Jack Jackson -- rhythm guitar
- Bob Keller -- bass (1965)
- Maynard Portwood -- drums (1965)
- Ronnie Wilkin -- keyboards



- Allman Brothers Band
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- Hourglass (pre-Allman Brothers)
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Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  The Allman Joys - Early Allman

Company: Dial

Catalog: DL-6005

Year: 1973

Country/State: US
Grade (cover/record): 

Comments: --

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: 5262

Price: $15.00


Having spent several years playing in a series of Florida based cover bands (The Escorts, The House Rockers, The Kings, The Shufflers and The Y-Teens), Duane and Gregg Allman decided to form their own band in 1965. Recruiting bassist Bob Keller and drummer Maynard Portwood (quickly replaced by Billy Carnell and then Tommy Amato), as The Allman Joys they hit the Southern club circuit. Their initial break came when singer/songwriter J.D. Loudermilk spotted them in a Nashville club. Taking the band into the studio, Loudermilk produced a couple of demos, before losing interest. The tapes ultimately captured the attention of producer Buddy Killen who arranged for a contract with Columbia's Dial subsidiary (best know for it's work with Joe Tex and other soul acts). Dial subsequently released an unsuccessful single (a fuzz guitar propelled cover of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" b/w "You Deserve Each Other") and then, deeming it too unprofessional for release, decided to shelve an already completed album. Released from their contract the band broke up, the Allmans returned to Georgia where they joined the Five Minutes (see separate entry). Seven years later, on the heels of The Allman Brothers' early-'70s successes (see separate entry), Dial subsequently changed its mind and issued the collection.

Released in 1973, "The Allman Joys - Early Allman" compiled 12 tracks pulled from the original 1966 sessions with Loudermilk and their subsequent efforts with Killen and producer John Hurley. Musically eclectic, the compilation featured a mixture of originals (largely penned by Gregg) and covers. In spite of isolated gems, anyone expecting to hear early Allman treasures was likely to be disappointed. Taking stabs at a variety of genres, the set ranged from the Association-styled ballad "The Forest for the Trees", prototype Allmans-styled blues ("Changing of the Guard"), to a weird remake of Oscar Hammerstein's "Old Man River". Among the highlights; the fuzz guitar-propelled "Spoonful", "You'll Learn Someday" and "Doctor Fone Bone" (the latter two featuring Gregg of lead vocals). Among the biggest complaints, absent detailed liner notes, it was hard to tell who's playing on particular tracks, though it was obvious Greg wasn't the band's only lead singer. The Allmans tie-in certainly didn't hurt sales; the collection hitting #171.

"The Allman Joys - Early Allman" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Gotta Get Away   (Gregg Allman) - 2:38
2.) Oh John   (Gregg Allman) - 2:32
3.) Street Singer   (Roy Acuff Jr.) - 2:46
4.) You'll Learn Someday   (Gregg Allman) - 3:00
5.) Old Man River   (Oscar Hammerstein - J. Kern) - 2:27

(side 2)

1.) Bell Bottom Britches   (Gregg Allman) - 2:08
2.) Spoonful   (Willie Dixon) - 2:25
3.) Stalling for Time   (J.D. Loudermilk) - 2:48
4.) Doctor Fone Bone   (John Hurley - Ronnie Wilkins - Gregg Allman) - 2:40
5.) Changing of the Guard   (John Hurley - Gregg Allman) - 2:45
6.) The Forest for the Trees   (John Hurley - Gregg Allman) - 3:20


12.) Northern Boundary (Davidson) - 2:00

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