The Allman Brothers Band: Gregg Allman (vocals, acoustic guitar, Clavinet, organ); Richard Betts (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric & slide guitars); Chuck Leavell (piano, electric piano, Moog synthesizer, Clavinet, background vocals); Lamar Williams (bass); Butch Trucks (drums, congas, percussion, tympani); Jaimoe (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Johnny Sandlin (acoustic guitar, percussion); Bill Stewart (percussion).
Producers: Johnny Sandlin, Allman Brothers Band.
Recorded at Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon, Georgia and The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California between February and July 1975. Originally released on Capricorn (CP-0156).
Personnel: Richard Betts (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar); Dickey Betts (vocals, guitar); Gregg Allman (vocals, acoustic guitar, Clavinet, organ, keyboards); Chuck Leavell (vocals, piano, electric piano, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, background vocals); Johnny Sandlin (guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion); Lamar Williams (electric bass); Butch Trucks (drums, congas, timpani, percussion); Jaimoe Johnson (drums, percussion); Bill Stewart (percussion).
Recording information: Capricorn Sound Studios, Macon (02/1975-08/1975); The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA (02/1975-08/1975).
Arranger: Phil Walden.
While not exactly on par with such classics as 1969's THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND or 1970's IDLEWILD SOUTH, the Allman Brothers' 1975 release, WIN, LOSE OR DRAW, at least demonstrated that the band was still together, despite a two-year layoff between albums.
Unquestionably the record's highlight is the album-opening cover of Muddy Water's "Can't Lose What You Never Had," but other cuts such as the instrumental "High Falls," the title track and "Nevertheless" also prove to be standouts. Longtime fans could sense trouble brewing behind the scenes, and their instincts proved right--the Allmans would take a three-year sabbatical after one more album, the live WIPE THE WINDOWS.