- Released: May 9, 1995
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Rolling Stone - 6/29/95, p.453.5 Stars (out of 5)
- "...2ND SET...documents the miraculous revivification the Allman Brothers have undergone since reconvening in 1989....they've managed to retain and refine their musical identity..."
Entertainment Weekly - 5/19/95, p.60
"...the Allmans remain that rarity: a rock band that knows how to improvise and keep listeners awake....You can hear survival in Betts' vibrant guitar and in Gregg Allman's been-there-downed-that croak. The road may still go on forever...but the Allmans fend off ennui every inch of the way..." - Rating: A-
Also available as a 3-pack with AN EVENING WITH THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND-1ST SET and SEVEN TURNS.
Allman Brothers Band: Gregg Allman (vocals, acoustic guitar, Hammond B-3 organ); Dickey Betts (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Warren Haynes (vocals, acoustic, electric & slide guitars); Allen Woody (acoustic, electric & fretless basses, background vocals); Paul T. Riddle (drums); Butch Trucks (drums, tympani, background vocals); Jaimoe (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Engineers: David Hewitt, Biff Dawes, John Falzarano.
Recorded live at Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh, North Carolina on July 1, 1994; Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey on August 16, 1994; Club R&R, Los Angeles, California on June 11, 1992.
"Jessica" won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
A kind of companion piece to the 1992 AN EVENING WITH THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, this compilation of live shows from 1992 and 1994 isn't as epochal as LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST (what could be?) but it's an excellent set in its own right. At the very least it demonstrates why the reconstituted Allman Brothers became such an in-demand concert attraction in the '90s.
Miraculously, even though some of the songs here had been in the band's repertoire for as long as 30 years, there isn't a rote gesture on SECOND SET; in fact, some of the performances--notably the Bob Diddley-beat jam section of "No One to Run With"--are downright inspired. Most revelatory moment--an unplugged acoustic version of the epic instrumental, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."