“With the help of God and true friends, I come to realize / I still had two strong legs and even wings to fly.”
Those are among some of the first lines of the first song (“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”) from “Eat a Peach,” the double album by the Allman Brothers Band, which was released in early 1972. The lines and the song — heck, SEVERAL of the songs — underscore a lot of what the Allman Brothers were all about throughout their career — but perhaps never more so than at this point. They were a brotherhood — but one that was shattered by the 1971 death of leader Duane Allman in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Ga. But the band soldiered on, finishing an album of Allman classics like “Blue Sky” and “Melissa” (which Gregg Allman performed at his big brother’s funeral). “Eat a Peach” also showcases the Allman Brothers’ true magic: on stage. Live versions of “One Way Out,” “Trouble No More” and the epic (33+ minutes long!) “Mountain Jam” give us still today a taste of why they were considered one of the best live bands of all time. Tragedy and loss would continue to follow the Allman Brothers, yet they found a way through it. “Bearing sorrow, having fun” as Gregg sings on “Melissa.” Sounds about right.
You can listen to Eat A Peach by The Allmann Brothers on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube, and Amazon, although it’s probably best on vinyl.