Release Pieces: Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective Box
Duane Allman left this life at the young age of 24 due to an unfortunate motorcycle accident. But before his untimely death, Allman had already put into place an enviable legacy that included not only his involvement with many great artists like Eric Clapton and Wilson Pickett, but also starting one of the world’s most memorable rock bands, The Allman Brothers Band.
Duane Allman would also gain momentum as being one of the great guitar players ever to sling a strap over his shoulders. Few will debate that assessment. His slide guitar helped to define what the Allman Brothers Band became. After some 40 years, the old adage holds true — rock and roll never forgets.
On March 12, Rounder Records will release an immaculately conceived seven-disc box reviewing the short but extraordinary career of Duane Allman, affectionately known to his close group as Skydog. That nickname is what makes up the whole of Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective.
This massive set will shine lights on many aspects of Duane Allman multi-facted career including many recorded works prior to The Allman Brothers Band. Included are rare tracks performed with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Ronnie Hawkins and Derek and The Dominoes (although this short list is woefully unable to speak the full scope of Skydog). There are also many tracks here that established his legacy to early Allman Brothers: The Allman Joys, The Bleus, and The Escorts are parts to the whole.
Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective will stand as a tribute to one of the most influential guitarist in the history of rock music. Fans of Duane Allman will, no doubt, be enraptured by this collection of rare and important pieces of brilliance.
Thank you, Rounder Records!