Idlewild South, the second Allman Brothers Band album, was released back in the rough terrain of the beginning ’70s. It followed a their eponymous debut by a mere ten months (bands were musically prolific and confident in those days). With much tour support, these two albums began to take on their own energy. Idlewild South contains the classic ABB version of “Midnight Rider”, a song later re-recorded by Gregg Allman for his Laid Back solo album. The Gregg Allman solo version charted well. Idlewild South is also home to another Allman Brothers Band classic, “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”.
On November 27, Universal Music will release several versions of this album in an audio update, and expanded by a few bonus tracks. For fans of surround, the news becomes even better. There will be new upgraded mixes that will result in hi-resolution Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound. Canada Amazon is presenting a December 4 date of release. It may be that this set is now planned for that date is Canada is ahead of the rest in updating. We’ll see.
What we can expect are a Super Deluxe Edition 3CD/1BD-Audio package as well as a 2CD set, and a simple CD issue with new remaster for the minimalists who care not for extra frills and materials. Thus far, the track-list is unknown. When it becomes known, I will update this post!