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  • Summary: The final release for the singer-songwriter who passed away in May 2017 was produced by Don Was.
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Blind Bats and Swamp Rats
New Orleans, red beans Mardi Gras Feel like acu mais French quarters, okra stew Voodoo Basin bonge That old lady lie, red ripe tomatoes Comme ci... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. 90
    Even without the obvious gravitas hovering over the project, this is an exceptional work and arguably Allman’s finest non-Brothers release.
  2. 80
    For his final recordings, Allman returned to Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, where gospelly backing vocals and burring horns bring a deep-soul tone and texture not just to a soul standard like “Out Of Left Field” but also to material like “Going, Going, Gone” and the Dead’s “Black Muddy River”.
  3. 80
    It’s not often anyone has the (albeit heartbreaking) luxury of being able to map out their own memorial, and Allman leaves us with his head held high and a record of rare beauty.
  4. Sep 7, 2017
    80
    Southern Blood is almost perfect; there isn't a better final album Allman could have made. It belongs on the shelf between 1973's Laid Back and the mysteriously withdrawn but amazing One More Try: An Anthology.
  5. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2017
    80
    Gregg's vocal technique was remarkably intact despite his illness, as was his trademark ability to convey love, honesty, anguish. [Nov 2017, p.97]
  6. Nov 13, 2017
    80
    Given Low Country Blues was Grammy-nominated, stand by for the superior Southern Blood to appear in many year-end lists.
  7. Sep 11, 2017
    70
    While Southern Blood is rich with intimations of mortality, it's easygoing too, with a laid-back generosity that recalls Allman's kindest Seventies work.

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  1. Sep 19, 2017
    10
    Gregg Allman's swansong, as he was dying of cancer.

    This is a magnificent tribute to one of Southern Rock's finest artists. Filled with
    Gregg Allman's swansong, as he was dying of cancer.

    This is a magnificent tribute to one of Southern Rock's finest artists.

    Filled with songs that are heart-felt, melancholy, beautifully played and sung, this is an album to treasure and play often.
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  2. Sep 10, 2017
    5
    Good album of covers + very beautiful new song "My Only True Friend". Good-old blues, nothing new, but of course when you know that it is hisGood album of covers + very beautiful new song "My Only True Friend". Good-old blues, nothing new, but of course when you know that it is his farewell, it changes a lot. So, 5 - for songs themselves, the whole album is scoreless. Expand