Studio album by The Allman Brothers Band
September 23, 1970
February 1970, at Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, GA;
July 1970 at Criteria Studios, Miami, FL
Southern rock, blues rock
The Allman Brothers Band chronology
The Allman Brothers Band,
At Fillmore East,
Idlewild South is the second album of The Allman Brothers Band, released in 1970.
Unlike the band's self-titled debut album, Idlewild South enjoyed some popular success as well as critical enthusiasm, mostly due to what Rolling Stone magazine called "briefer, tighter, less 'heavy' numbers" which were more radio-friendly. The two most prominent of these were "Midnight Rider" and "Revival", the latter of which, in conjunction with the instrumental "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", foreshadowed the impact of Dickey Betts' songwriting ability upon the band.
The album title stemmed from the band's nickname for a farmhouse it rented in Georgia during the recording, the busy comings and goings at which reminded them of New York City's Idlewild Airport.
"Midnight Rider" has been covered by many artists, including Gregg Allman on his solo album Laid Back. "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" would go on to become iconic, along with "Whipping Post", from their first studio LP, as one of the band's signature concert jams.
1 Track listing
1.1 Side one,
1.2 Side two,
"Revival" (Dickey Betts) - 4:05,
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" (Gregg Allman) - 3:31,
"Midnight Rider" (Gregg Allman, Robert Payne) - 3:00,
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (Dickey Betts) - 6:56,
"Hoochie Coochie Man" (Willie Dixon) - 4:57,
"Please Call Home" (Gregg Allman) - 4:02,
"Leave My Blues at Home" (Gregg Allman) - 4:17,
Duane Allman - lead, slide, and acoustic guitar,
Gregg Allman - vocals, piano, organ,
Dickey Betts - lead guitar,
Berry Oakley - bass guitar, vocals on "Hoochie Coochie Man", and harmony vocals on "Midnight Rider",
Butch Trucks - drums,
Jai Johnny "Jaimoe" Johanson - drums, congas,
guest Thom "Ace" Doucette - harmonica and tambourine