Dickey Betts & Great Southern

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Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Dickey Betts & Great Southern Dickey Betts & Great Southern
Pop Used - LP AL 4123 Arista
1977 Original In Shrink Wrap With Custom Inner Sleeve. Saw Cut. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. Mastered At Sterling Sound. “Three Years After The Issue Of His Landmark Solo Recording, Highway Call, Guitarist, Singer, And Songwriter Dickey Betts Released The Debut By His "Other" Band, Great Southern. Attempting To Capture The Loose, Easy Feel Of Highway Call And Combine It With The More Blues-Driven Sound Of The Allmans, Betts Was Largely Successful Though The Record Does Suffer A Tad From Overly Slick Production. Evident From "Out To Get Me," The Very First Track, Is Betts' Trademark Slide Guitar Burning A Hole Through The Center Of The Mix. The Undertone Of The Album Is The Shuffle, Both Country And Blues, Aided In Large Part By Topper Price's Harmonica And The Able Second Guitar Of Dan Toler. But The Feel Is All Betts. He Stretches Out The Stinging Boogie Of "Run Gypsy Run," With Dual Leads, A Killer Pre-Verse Riff, And A Solid "Ramblin Man"-Style Melodic Line In The Heart Of His Blues. Perhaps The Hinge Piece On The Album In On Its Third Track, "Sweet Virginia" (Not A Cover Of The Rolling Stones' Track). Here, Betts' Slide Work Is Easily And Lilting As It Undergirds A Sleepy Country Tune With A Killer Backbeat. Nostalgia, Or At Least The Previous, Is The Backbone Of Betts' Sentiment As His Vice Rings Through The Guitars And Rhythm Section With Conviction And A Sureness That Only Comes Out Of The Finest Country-Rock Music (Think Creedence Clearwater Meets The Allmans). Ultimately, This Album, With Its Funky New Orleans Basslines And Second-Line Percussions, Is Another Restless Country-Soul Set From Betts. And Though More Guitar Driven Than Highway Call, Its Songs Hold As Much Soul And Aplomb If Not The Same Deeply Held Convictions That Made The Previous Album The Classic It Is. Nonetheless, Great Southern Is A Very Fine Album That Despite Its Polish Holds A Wealth Of Fine Songs And Truly Astonishing Playing Within Its Grooves.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide... more details
 
Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Atlanta's Burning Down Atlanta's Burning Down
Pop Used - LP AB 4168 Arista
1978 Original In Shrink Wrap. Cut Corner. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. “On His Third Solo Outing — And His Second With His Backing Band Great Southern — Allman Brothers Lead Guitarist Dickey Betts Moves Back Into The Deep-Fried Southern Boogie That The Brothers Are (In)Famous For And Serves It Up With Just A Smidgen Of Country And Comes Out With Another Winner. Once Again The Mood Is Laid Back And Greasy With The Guitars Taking Center Stage In A Funky, Spunky Mix That Concentrates As Much On The Backbeat As It Does On The Swinging Southern Boogie Blues. Hence Betts Digs Deep Into New Orleans As A Source Of Inspiration On Tracks Like "Good Time Feeling," "Dealin' With The Devil," And "Back On The Road Again." Again Relying Heavily On The Harmonica Stylings Of Topper Price For Color And Nuance, Betts Uses This Cue As A Way Of Bringing The Entire Band Into The Proceedings This Time Out. While It's True That His Guitar Is The Centerpiece Of The Album, Great Southern Is Present More As A Unit Than As Betts' Backing Band. On The Title Track, A Ballad That Offers A Ghostly Narrative Of The End Of The Civil War, Betts Also Uses Bob Dylan's Backing Choir Of Bonnie Bramlet, Clydie King, And Shirley Mathews For Added Emotional Impact As Well As A String Section. Production On This Set Is A Bit Muddier Than On The Great Southern Album That Preceded It, And This Is A Good Thing. There Is More Immediacy In The Band's Presence On The Record Than The Studio's. The Shuffle And Roll That Was Then Betts' Trademark Is Refreshingly Untouched By The Production Or Musical Excesses Of The Time. There Is No Attempt To Be "Relevant" Or "Cutting Edge." But There Is No Retro Feel On This Disc Either; It Sounds Consistent With A Man's Vision Who's Always Considered Himself Right On Time And Still Does. Loud, Tough, And Funky, Atlanta's Burning Down Is A Winner.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide... more details
 

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