Atlanta's Burning Down (2024 Remaster) Dickey Betts & Great Southern

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  • 1Good Time Feeling (2024 Remaster)04:28
  • 2Atlanta's Burning Down (2024 Remaster)04:32
  • 3Leavin' Me Again (2024 Remaster)04:14
  • 4Back On The Road Again (2024 Remaster)04:11
  • 5Dealin' With The Devil (2024 Remaster)03:46
  • 6Shady Streets (2024 Remaster)04:27
  • 7You Can Have Her (2024 Remaster)03:51
  • 8Mr. Blues Man (2024 Remaster)04:12
  • Total Runtime33:41

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We know that the famous guitarist who worked on the All-Man Brothers Band, Dicky Betts, has been rereleased in a collection of precious works in the Solo Unit that was formed during the dissolving time of the Olman twice. The first release is Dicky Betts & Great Southern name, and the 77 year "Dicky Betts & Great Souzan" and the 78th Atlantas Burning Down" in 2 in 1. This southern rock album has a high level of perfection that does not stand behind the quality of the Allmans. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its launch, and to inspire Betts currently during medical healing.

"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. While the string section could have been dispensed with, it doesn't hurt too much as the integrity of the song is so focused and sharp it's a minor nuisance. 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. Given that this was issued in 1978, when the bottom was about to drop out of rock & roll in favor of things like new wave and rap, this album holds up surprisingly well over two decades later. 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, AMG)

Dickey Betts, guitar, lead vocals
"Dangerous Dan" Toler, guitar
Michael Workman, keyboards, background vocals
David Goldflies, bass
David Toler, drums, percussion
Donnie Sharbono, drums, percussion, background vocals
Additional musicians:
Topper Price, harmonica
Reese Wynans, keyboards (track 2)
Bonnie Bramlett, background vocals
Clydie King, background vocals
Sherlie Matthews, background vocals
Steve Wittmack, string arrangements

Digitally remastered

Please Note: we do not offer the 192 kHz version of this album, because there is no considerable or audible difference to the 96 kHz version!

Dickey Betts
a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has one of the most distinctive voices in music today. Known as one of the most influential guitar players of all time, Betts has mastered a seamless style of lyrical melody and rhythm — marrying country, jazz, blues, and rock into one unparalleled sound. The New York Times has called Betts “one of the great rock guitarists…[who thinks like a jazz improviser, in thoughtfully structured, cleanly articulated, intelligently paced phrases…[when] Mr. Betts was tearing into one of his improvisations, the music was about as exciting as rock and roll gets.”Playing since he can remember, Betts joined several bands in the sixties and eventually formed a band with bassist Berry Oakley. One fateful night in 1969, Betts and Oakley’s band jammed with another local group featuring Duane and Gregg Allman, marking the birth of the Allman Brothers Band.In addition to matching band leader Duane Allman lick for lick, Betts also wrote such memorable songs as “Revival” and the instrumental tour de force “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” After Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were killed in accidents a year apart in 1971 and 1972, the ABB worked through their sorrow, with Betts writing and singing the group’s biggest hit, “Ramblin’ Man”.

Members of the band ventured into solo careers in 1973, and Betts released his first solo album Highway Call, in 1974. The ABB split up in 1976, and Betts formed Dickey Betts and Great Southern. The group reformed in 1978, but soon split again, and Betts formed the Dickey Betts Band releasing Pattern Disruptive in 1988.In 1989, their 20th anniversary, the Allman Brothers Band reformed. The chemistry that resulted from the unique two-guitar approach of Warren Haynes and Betts made the Allman Brothers Band once again one of the most compelling bands in the country. The ABB enjoyed continued success throughout the nineties — being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, winning their first Grammy, and amazing audiences with their powerful live performances.A year after the ABB celebrated their 30th anniversary, Betts formed the Dickey Betts Band and hit the road on his own. His guitar sound is still immediately recognizable, with soaring leads providing musical wings, and his road-seasoned vocals reflecting grit and hard-earned respect. The group released their first C.D.,”Let’s Get Together” in June, 2001.Dickey changed the name of the group to Dickey Betts & Great Southern in January, 2002. They recorded the critically acclaimed acoustic CD “The Collectors Vol. I” that same year and toured extensively in 2002 and 2003.

Dickey performed “Blue Sky” and “Ramblin’ Man” at the Jammy Awards March 16, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in NYC and Instant Live released “Dickey Betts at the Odeon, Cleveland, OH, 3/9/2004”.

Dickey Betts & Great Southern have toured extensively and enjoy hooking up with the “best friends they’ve got” – their extended family of fans.

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