Brothers of the Road

by: The Allman Brothers Band

"Straight from the Heart" (#39), written by Dickey Betts and Johnny Cobb and sung by Gregg Allman, is one of the group's better accommodations to pop music, and on the whole, this is an accessible version of their trademark sound: call it Allmans Lite. The ruling influence here may be Arista president Clive Davis, who also oversaw the pop-oriented Grateful Dead albums of the same period. But the main duty of pop music is to sell, and when this album petered out at #44, The Allmans called it quits for the second time. ~ William Ruhlmann

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