A report on Idlewild South

The album's title came from a nickname of a rented cabin the band shared, the "Idlewild South"

Second studio album by American southern rock band the Allman Brothers Band.

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The Allman Brothers Band, March 1971. From left to right: Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Jaimoe Johanson, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks.

The Allman Brothers Band

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American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriting), as well as Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums).

American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriting), as well as Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums).

The Allman Brothers Band, March 1971. From left to right: Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Jaimoe Johanson, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks.
"The Big House", seen here in 2009: The band lived at the house in the early 1970s.
Duane Allman, the group's leader, was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971.
Gregg Allman on the band's 1975 tour
Keyboardist Chuck Leavell began contributing to the band in 1973.
Guitarist Warren Haynes, seen here in the late 1990s, joined the band for their second reunion.
The band's 2009 residency at New York's Beacon Theatre was considered a career highlight.
Derek Trucks joined in 1999 and became the band's youngest member.
Guest appearances during the "Beacon Run" were common. Here Eric Clapton joins the band in March 2009 to play songs from 1970's Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which had featured Duane Allman.

Their first two studio releases, The Allman Brothers Band (1969) and Idlewild South (1970) (both released by Capricorn Records), stalled commercially, but their 1971 live release At Fillmore East was an artistic and commercial breakthrough.

The Allman Brothers Band (album)

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Debut studio album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band.

Debut studio album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band.

The gatefold album sleeve features the band posing nude in a brook.

Following the band's increased fame in the early 1970s, this album and its follow-up, Idlewild South (1970), were repackaged into the compilation album Beginnings.

At Fillmore East

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First live album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band, and their third release overall.

First live album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band, and their third release overall.

Shortly after completing recording of their second album, Idlewild South (1970), band leader Duane Allman was contacted by guitarist Eric Clapton to contribute to his new project, Derek and the Dominos.

Allman performing at the Fillmore East in 1971

Duane Allman

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American rock guitarist, session musician, and the founder and original leader of the Allman Brothers Band, for which he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

American rock guitarist, session musician, and the founder and original leader of the Allman Brothers Band, for which he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Allman performing at the Fillmore East in 1971
The graves of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley
"Remember Duane Allman" tribute, carved into an excavation face next to Interstate 20 in 1973
Big House Van with Gazebo in Central City Park, Macon, GA

In the midst of intense touring, work began in Macon and Miami (at Atlantic South–Criteria Studios), and a little bit in New York, on the band's second album, Idlewild South. Produced mostly by Tom Dowd, Idlewild South was released in August 1970 and broke new ground for them by getting into the Billboard charts.

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

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Sole studio album by the English–American blues rock band Derek and the Dominos, released in November 1970 as a double album.

Sole studio album by the English–American blues rock band Derek and the Dominos, released in November 1970 as a double album.

Veteran producer Tom Dowd was working on the Allman Brothers second album, Idlewild South, when the studio received a phone call that Clapton was bringing the Dominos to Miami to record.

Midnight Rider

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Song by the American rock band the Allman Brothers Band.

Song by the American rock band the Allman Brothers Band.

It was the second single from their second studio album, Idlewild South (1970), released on Capricorn Records.

Headstone for Elizabeth Reed at Rose Hill Cemetery.

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

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Instrumental composition by the American group The Allman Brothers Band.

Instrumental composition by the American group The Allman Brothers Band.

Headstone for Elizabeth Reed at Rose Hill Cemetery.

It first appeared on their second studio album, Idlewild South (1970), released on Capricorn Records.

Allman performing in 1975

Gregg Allman

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American musician, singer and songwriter.

American musician, singer and songwriter.

Allman performing in 1975
Allman and his brother Duane attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee in their childhood.
Allman's elder brother Duane, who was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971
Allman with then-wife Cher in 1975.
Allman during the Allman Brothers Band's annual residency at the Beacon Theater in New York in 2009
Allman performing in 2011

Their second record, Idlewild South, was issued in September 1970, and also received a muted commercial response.

Capricorn headquarters, Macon, 2009

Phil Walden

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Co-founder of the Macon, Georgia-based Capricorn Records, along with former Atlantic Records executive Frank Fenter.

Co-founder of the Macon, Georgia-based Capricorn Records, along with former Atlantic Records executive Frank Fenter.

Capricorn headquarters, Macon, 2009

However, the breakthrough of 1970's Idlewild South (which peaked at #38) and the 1971 live double set At Fillmore East (which peaked at #13 and ultimately attained a RIAA platinum certification) convinced Walden to end Capricorn's affiliation with Atlantic and move to Warner Bros. Records.

Criteria Studios in 2011

Criteria Studios

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Recording studio in North Miami, Florida, founded in 1958 by musician Mack Emerman.

Recording studio in North Miami, Florida, founded in 1958 by musician Mack Emerman.

Criteria Studios in 2011

The Allman Brothers Band recorded Idlewild South with Dowd at Criteria, leading to Duane Allman playing with Eric Clapton on all but 3 tracks of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.