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The Allman Brothers Band - "Melissa"


The Allman Brothers Band Melissa

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (1)

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Author Notes

GUITAR/BASS: bsbloom
VOCALS: EchoOfMystery
 
A plaintive country-rock ballad, "Melissa" finds the Allman Brothers in melancholy mood on their first outing after the death of founder Duane Allman, the 1972 LP Eat a Peach. Written by Gregg Allman and Stephen Alaimo, the song was an FM radio hit and propelled the album to commercial success. It is a classic rock radio staple to this day.
 
One of the great soul singers, Gregg Allman sounds absolutely bruised and ravaged on "Melissa." His voice constantly struggles with the pitch on the original recording, the ultimate effect of which is to convey deep vulnerability and weariness. Throughout the entire arrangement, Dickey Betts soars on wistful guitar lines through a slap-back tape-echo effect and a volume pedal that allows the musical runs to float in and out like a pedal steel. He hits some notes that he chooses to leave hanging, sustaining for impossible lengths, saying so much with single notes that fade away. It is one of his career-making performances.



12 Comments

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kajidarkstar
February 20, 2018

OMG, THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Incredible choice, thank you so much!!!!
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frigginelvis
February 20, 2018

Oh sweet Jesus, thank you.

I've loved this song for a long time but you have my current girl friend to thank for the inspiration to do it :)

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pprincessjasmin
February 20, 2018
Woo thank you!
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pprincessjasmin
February 20, 2018

One Way Out next? :)

One Way Out next? :)

 

I don't know it but I'll give it a listen :)

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Kaktusdude
February 21, 2018

thanks to your girlfriend :).  Awesome release!

Thank you!!!!!

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Zombie Capone
February 23, 2018

Thx as often !

And give a shot to those ones ; "Dimples (Live/1970)", "Trouble No More (Live at Fillmore 1971)", "Statesboro Blues (Live at Fillmore 1971)", "Can't Lose What You Never Had (Live)", "Come and Go Blues", "Revival", "Southbound" and "Soulshine". You might enjoy them too :D

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Atruejedi
February 25, 2018

A sweet tune. Classic. Thanks to all involved.

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fakedrummer89
May 2, 2018

well charted drums