Gregg Allman - Midnight Rider & These Days (45 RPM, 200g)
Gregg Allman - Midnight Rider & These Days (45 RPM, 200g)
Gregg Allman - Midnight Rider & These Days (45 RPM, 200g)
Gregg Allman - Midnight Rider & These Days (45 RPM, 200g)

Gregg Allman - Midnight Rider & These Days (45 RPM, 200g)

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Gregg Allman - vocals, organ, acoustic guitar [click here to see more vinyl featuring Gregg Allman]

Bill Stewart - drums

Chuck Leavell - acoustic and electric pianos, vibes

Tommy Talton - acoustic, electric and slide guitars, dobro and tambourine

Scott Boyer - acoustic, electric and steel guitars, electric piano

David Brown - bass

Buzzy Feiten - guitar

Charlie Hayward - bass

Paul Hornsby - organ, keyboards, clavinet

Jaimoe - percussion, conga

Carl Hall - background vocals

Hilda Harris - background vocals

Cissy Houston - background vocals

Emily Houston - background vocals

June McGruder - background vocals

Helene Miles - background vocals

Linda November - background vocals          

Eileen Gilbert - background vocals

Maretha Stewart - background vocals

Albertine Robinson - background vocals

Jim Nalls - guitar

David Fathead Newman - saxophone

Johnny Sandlin - bass

Butch Trucks - percussion, cabasa

Ed Freeman - strings and horn arrangements, conductor

Max Cahn – violin

Tony Posk - violin

Written by Gregg Allman (A1), Robert Kim Payne (A1), Jackson Browne (B1)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 200g

Record color : black

Speed : 45 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label : Capricorn Records

Produced by Gregg Allman, Johnny Sandlin

Remastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound

Originally released in 1973

Reissued in 2018



Side A:

  1. Midnight Rider

Side B:

  1. These Days



“Gregg Allman’s “Midnight Rider,” first recorded by the Allman Brothers Band on their second album, Idlewild South, in 1970, is the story of a man on the run – presumably from the law and on a horse – that has been recorded by numerous other artists. In three short verses, the song sums up what it must be like to be the outlaw who lives life a day at a time, moving from place to place, woman to woman, in a journey that never ends.

With “Midnight Rider,” Allman threw some paint on a canvas and handed brushes to the listeners, inviting them to use their own colors, their own imaginations, to complete the picture. Who is this “Midnight Rider?” What/who is he running from? Does he ever get caught, or does he elude his trackers to live to a ripe old age? Where some songs might be considered incomplete if these details were missing, “Midnight Rider” is a well-written classic about a faceless character that invites the listener in to make his or her own conclusions.

Many of the performers who influenced Allman’s artistic growth were straight blues writers whose songs almost exclusively used I-IV-V progressions. But unlike the material of those artists, Allman’s own writing has seldom revolved around such progressions, and “Midnight Rider” is an example of that. With the signature lick on the open A and D strings that is a cousin to licks used by Neil Young, Journey and others, “Midnight Rider,” in the key of D, utilizes a IVmi7 chord (G mi7) and a VII chord (C) for its chorus, and the solo is played over a VII chord and a VIb chord (Bb). The original guitar tunings by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts were probably standard, but some artists, including Gregg Allman himself, have been known to drop one or both E strings to D.

Another notable thing about “Midnight Rider” is that the song is so open to stylistic interpretation. Some performers (e.g., Alison Krauss and Union Station) have taken major liberties with the key, changes and tempo without losing the flavor or intent of the piece. It has been cut by bluegrassers like Krauss and Eddie Adcock, “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith, and Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman, and has been recorded at least three different times by Willie Nelson. Bon Jovi has performed an abbreviated version of the song as a segue into their own “Wanted Dead or Alive,” continuing the theme of a man on the run, but on a motorcycle.

“Midnight Rider” is a great song, a prime example of what can be said with only a few words, a song for all times and generations whose titular character is “bound to keep on ridin’.” You’ll be able to read more about “Midnight Rider” and other compositions by Gregg Allman in the Jan/Feb Legends Issue of American Songwriter.” Rick Moore, AmericanSongWriter


Ratings :

Discogs : 4,88 / 5

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