Picks and Pans Review: Enlightened Rogues
updated 04/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST
The album title comes from Duane Allman's nickname for the group, but, sadly, it might just as well have been called Stuck Inside of Macon with the Late-'70s Blues Again. There is a static ring to this reunion, for Gregg's singing now lacks intensity, pitch and clarity. To be sure, the Allman Brothers' signatures—the shuffling, pounding two-drum rhythms, the slow, traditional blues whine—haven't changed. Dickey Betts, who wrote or co-wrote six of the eight tunes, plays a lyrical guitar as elegantly as ever. He's joined on guitar by Dan Toler, his partner from his own fine band, Great Southern. Dickey's slow Sail Away offers a rare moment of emotion (with nice harmonizing by Mimi Hart). Allman sings "I just can't believe it's time for leavin' " in the album's only really stimulating cut, Try It One More Time. The line seems to apply to the members of a band who would better show themselves to be enlightened rogues by going off on their own.