Barry Cleveland: Digging SKYDOG The Duane Allman Retrospective Box Set

If you are a Duane Allman fan—and who isn't?—you will likely want to pick up this amazing new 7-CD/129-track box set despite its hefty $120 price tag.

If you are a Duane Allman fan—and who isn't?—you will likely want to pick up this amazing new 7-CD/129-track box set despite its hefty $120 price tag.

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Due for release on March 18, and produced by Duane's daughter Galadrielle Allman, it spans Skydog's all-too-brief career, and includes tracks from pretty much every session he ever did (see below).

The faux guitar case box contains a fantastic booklet chockablock with information about the tracks and great photographs, and you also get a Skydog sticker and a guitar pick. The CD cases even look like string packages.

The tracks unfold more or less chronologically, providing a sense of Allman's development over time, and one of the surprising things for me was how fuzzed out and psychedelic he sounded on some of the earlier tunes—more like Randy California or Yardbirds-era Jeff Beck than Muddy Waters or Elmore James. 

And besides being the definitive collection of Allman's sessions, most of the music is excellent in its own right, making for enjoyable listening all around.

Here's a promotional video:


1. The Escorts: Turn On Your Love Light
2. The Escorts: No Name Instrumental
3. The Escorts: What'd I Say
4. The Allman Joys: Spoonful
5. The Allman Joys: Gotta Get Away
6. The Allman Joys: Shapes Of Things
7. The Allman Joys: Crossroads
8. The Allman Joys: Mister, You're A Better Man Than I
9. The Allman Joys: Lost Woman
10. The Hour Glass: Cast Off All My Fears
11. The Hour Glass: I’ve Been Trying
12. The Hour Glass: Nothing But Tears
13. The Hour Glass: Power Of Love
14. The Hour Glass: Down In Texas
15. The Hour Glass: Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
16. The Hour Glass: B.B. King Medley: a) Sweet Little Angel
b) It’s My Own Fault
c) How Blue Can You Get?
17. The Hour Glass: Been Gone Too Long
18. The Hour Glass: Ain’t No Good To Cry
19. 31st Of February: Morning Dew
20. 31st Of February: Melissa
21. The Bleus: Milk Aand Honey
22. The Bleus: Leavin' Lisa
23. The Bleus: Julianna's Gone


1. Clarence Carter: The Road Of Love
2. Clarence Carter: Light My Fire
3. Wilson Pickett: Hey Jude
4. Wilson Pickett: Toe Hold
5. Wilson Pickett: My Own Style Of Loving
6. Wilson Pickett: Born To Be Wild
7. Laura Lee: It's How You Make It Good
8. Laura Lee: It Ain't What You Do (But How You Do It)
9. Spencer Wiggins: I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You)
10. Arthur Conley: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
11. Arthur Conley: Stuff You Gotta Watch
12. Arthur Conley: Speak Her Name
13. Arthur Conley: That Can't Be My Baby
14. Willie Walker: A Lucky Loser
15. The Lovelles: I'm Coming Today
16. The Lovelles: Pretending Dear
17. Aretha Franklin: The Weight
18. Aretha Franklin: It Ain't Fair
19. Soul Survivors: Darkness
20. Soul Survivors: Tell Daddy
21. Soul Survivors: Got Down On Saturday
22. King Curtis: Hey Joe
23. King Curtis: Foot Pattin'
24. King Curtis: Games People Play
25. King Curtis: The Weight
26. The Sweet Inspirations: Get A Little Order


1. The Barry Goldberg Blues Band: Twice A Man
2. Duane Allman: Goin' Down Slow
3. Duane Allman: No Money Down
4. Duane Allman: Happily Married Man
5. Otis Rush: Me
6. Otis Rush: Reap What You Sow
7. Otis Rush: It Takes Time
8. The Duck & The Bear: Going Up The Country
9. The Duck & The Bear: Hand Jive
10. Boz Scaggs: Finding Her
11. Boz Scaggs: Look What I Got
12. Boz Scaggs: Waiting For A Train
13. Boz Scaggs: Loan Me A Dime
14. The Allman Brothers Band: Don't Want You No More
15. The Allman Brothers Band: It's Not My Cross To Bear
16. The Allman Brothers Band: Black Hearted Woman
17. The Allman Brothers Band: Trouble No More


1. The Allman Brothers Band: Every Hungry Woman
2. The Allman Brothers Band: Dreams
3. The Allman Brothers Band: Whipping Post
4. Ronnie Hawkins: One More Night
5. Ronnie Hawkins: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
6. Ronnie Hawkins: Matchbox
7. Ronnie Hawkins: Down In The Alley
8. Ronnie Hawkins: Who Do You Love
9. Lulu: Marley Purt Drive
10. Lulu: Dirty Old Man
11. Lulu: Mr. Bojangles
12. Lulu: Sweep Around Your Own Back Door
13. Johnny Jenkins: I Walk On Gilded Splinters
14. Johnny Jenkins: Rollin' Stone
15. Johnny Jenkins: Down Along The Cove
16. Johnny Jenkins: Voodoo In You
17. John Hammond: Shake For Me
18. John Hammond: Cryin' For My Baby
19. John Hammond: I'm Leavin' You
20. John Hammond: You'll Be Mine
21. Doris Duke: Ghost Of Myself


1. Eric Quince Tate: Comin' Down (demo version)
2. The Allman Brothers Band: Hoochie Coochie Man (live)
3. The Allman Brothers Band: Midnight Rider
4. The Allman Brothers Band: Dimples (live)
5. The Allman Brothers Band: I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (live)
6. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Soul Shake
7. Laura Nyro: Beads Of Sweat
8. The Allman Brothers Band: Don't Keep Me Wondering
9. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Living On The Open Road
10. Ella Brown: A Woman Left Lonely
11. Ella Brown: Touch Me
12. Bobby Lance: More Than Enough Rain
13. Derek & The Dominos: I Am Yours
14. Derek & The Dominos: Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
15. Derek & The Dominos: Have You Ever Loved A Woman
16. Derek & The Dominos: Layla
17. Eric Clapton & Duane Allman: Mean Old World


1. Sam Samudio: Me And Bobby McGee
2. Sam Samudio: Relativity
3. Sam Samudio: Goin' Upstairs
4. Ronnie Hawkins: Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
5. Ronnie Hawkins: Sick And Tired
6. Ronnie Hawkins: Odessa
7. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Gift Of Love
8. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Sing My Way Home
9. The Allman Brothers Band: Statesboro Blues (live)
10. The Allman Brothers Band: In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live)
11. Grateful Dead: Sugar Magnolia
12. The Allman Brothers Band: One Way Out (live)
13. Herbie Mann: Push Push
14. Herbie Mann: Spirit In The Dark
15. Herbie Mann: What'd I Say


1. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Come On In My Kitchen (live)
2. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (live)
3. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: Poor Elijah / Tribute To Johnson (medley) (live)
4. The Allman Brothers Band: You Don't Love Me / Soul Serenade (live)
5. Cowboy: Please Be With Me
6. The Allman Brothers Band: Stand Back
7. The Allman Brothers Band: Blue Sky
8. The Allman Brothers Band: Blue Sky (live)
9. The Allman Brothers Band: Dreams (live)
10. The Allman Brothers Band: Little Martha