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Reviews: Allman Brothers Band: Eat a Peach

Reviews: 7

Review by FivePointOne September 15, 2004 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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If you like this album, you'll definitely have to get this SACD. Giving the Allman Brothers the multi-channel treatment is a big, big plus. Greg's voice over there, Duane's guitar over here, Dicky's guitar over that way, and a solid rhythm section spread over the spectrum. I'll tell you, I had reservations getting this after reading some folks' posts comparing this to the MoFi gold CD or the Whatchamacallit 180-gram vinyl version. B.S.! For the 15 people out there with those, good for you. For the rest of us who loved this album, this is great!

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Review by bruser October 1, 2004 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Listening to this recording for the first time in many years, this sounds to me like an excellent remastering for SACD. Duane and Dickey's guitars sound etched in space, and the percussion is nicely highlighted in the surround channels. Most of the mix action is upfront, but the surrounds are used tastefully to create ambience, especially with the live tracks.
The real star though is the music. I had forgotten how good these guys were. And the songwriting is stellar, not a clinker in the bunch. "Mountain Jam" is a highlight for me, with some beautiful, searing leads from both guitarists. The drum solos are moved to the front channels on this track and have ample punch and weight. I remember "Little Martha" as lightweight filler at the end of the album, but here the crystal clear surround mix transforms it into an incredibly touching and lyrical duet between the two guitarists.
If you like me haven't really followed the Allmans too closely over the past decade, this will definitely leave you wanting more.

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Review by 3altoids July 23, 2005 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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The quality of this disc is exceptional. The surround sound is not overdone and sounds absolutely fantastic. Little Martha is wonderful. I have this CD and the SACD. The SACD is much better. A "must have" for your collection.

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Review by Tom August 8, 2006 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I'm not that familar with the Allman Brothers. I knew this was a highly regarded album, so I took a chance and bought it.

The performance is great. It just sucks you in. It's one of those albums that has it together. I've listened to this SA-CD 5 or 6 times over the past week. It doesn't get old.

The sonics are very good for a rock album. The music is clean, instruments stand out, and the dynamics are above average. I have a stereo player, so I can't comment on the 5.1 sound.

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Review by DCP October 7, 2006 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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*This is a hybrid SACD - Below are reviews for the Multi-channel & Stereo layers only. The CD layer is not reviewed.

**The Allman Brothers - Eat a Peach**

What can be said about this album that hasn't already been said? This is one of those classic, must have albums. With its southern-flavored, blues rock, impromptu jams and heavily loaded set list, this meaty album satisfies. Now, fully realized on SACD, this work from the brothers Allman, really shines.
So, what does it sound like?

**Multi-Channel Review**
The mutli channel tracks on this SACD are very detailed, open and airy. Subtle nuances can be heard, along with complex guitar layering. The surround channels are used to varying degrees of ambiance and/or instrument location. It is very subtle at times, and more prominent at others, but it is vital to this disc. The mid-range is well defined and not muddy at all. It is however a little on the "cool" side. Highs are crisp without being sharp. The vocals, especially Greg's soulful crooning on "One Way Out" are warm, clean and very natural sounding. This reissues lacks only in one department: the low end.
While the low end is certainly there, it won't cause your listening room to thunder. The bass that is there is clean and tight, but a little distant. It has the effect of enhancing that "southern twang" that makes up their signature sound. The minor lack of bass also leaves me wanting for that low-end punch that would drive home powerful tunes like "Stand Back" even more.
Still the multi-mix wraps the listener with sound and details. If your not convinced just listen to "Little Martha", you can actually hear the buzz of the guitar strings. Great stuff.

**Stereo Review**
The stereo portion of this disc is just as you would imagine it: clean, warm, clear and wonderfully imaged. It is the album of yesteryear with today's tech giving it a good spit and polish. If there ever was an album that necessitates the need for a pair of headphones this is it.
While the stereo version sound stage is a little more dense, and therefore more bassy (but not enough! more bass!....excuse me.)it still has an openness to it...and a little distance.

This is a great sounding disc in stereo and especially in multi-channel. This album got a great treatment, and it deserves it. Although it lacks in bass (enough already!) I would definitely recommend this album to anyone.

**Track Standouts**

"Mountain Jam"
"Blue Sky"
"Little Martha"

PROS - Great multi mix, clarity and detail.
CONS - Bass is lacking. A little thin sounding.


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Review by analogue February 20, 2009 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Classic rock album. Excellent sacd transfer. Some peole complain of the tape hiss but I would argue it that with good equipment this would not be a burden. I listen to all tracks with excellent headphones and and I have no complaints. The sound of this sacd is terrific and the musicianship is clearly evident. The mixing might be different from the original album but it's nothing to worry about. Songs that really stand out..... Melissa has powerful bass so watch out for room reverb. The acoustic guitar sounds great too.
Blue sky is the warmest in feel and the guitar playing is flawless. and One way out is great to rock to.

Mountain Jam is a killer. The double drum solo sounds real and the guitar interplay between Betts and Allman is unbelievable. I never tire of this really long's incredible.
There is a little more hiss and tape wear on Little Martha.

Greg's soulful voice is done justice too. It comes across with a fairly strong presence.

If you are a fan of this album from way back I am...then it's a no brainer. Buy wont be sorry.

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Review by Marpow November 15, 2014 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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The Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach Hybrid multi channel SACD 2004

Oh My. This multi channel disc, originally released as a 2 disc stereo LP in 1972, will be a reference disc for showing off multi channel to friends and family and ranks up there in the top 5 of MCH. At the very least the # 1 MCH Southern Rock disc.

Stereo Sonics: Is good and also as good as the MOFI hybrid SACD. Not the point of purchase.

Performance: A go to Allman Brothers release after the death of Duane Allman (he is on 6 of the 9 tracks) for many ABB fans.

Multichannel Sonics: Absolutely brilliant.I am a purist most of the time and don't like gimmickry MCH, but this disc was produced so well and the gimmicks are fantastic. I will note Mountain Jam, Duane is front left and Dickey is rear right. It is well documented how the two guitarists would play off each other and elevate each other. This MCH disc is a guarantee into hearing this. I previously thought Duane's little bird chirps where all his at end of MJ, but is a very finite combo between the two guitarists, stunning. Throughout the disc drums, cymbals, organ, bass and guitars, moving around, great fun.

I compared Mountain Jam to the recent 5.1 Blu Ray, Live at Fillmore East, and that disc is for the purist, Duane left and Dickey right with rears as ambiance, Gregg center vocals, etc.

If you are like me and like to go out of the box this MCH disc is pure candy.

Small Note: I heard Gregg say once when asked what he likes to listen to, his response was I like Pink Floyd, pure musical candy. I am sure Gregg loved this 2004 MCH SACD.

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