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The Hourglass (60s)

Chances are that the Hour Glass' two albums would never have been reissued, but for the fact that the group was formed by Duane and Gregg Allman out of the ruins of their first full-time band, the Allman Joys; additionally, its lineup featured future Capricorn Records star record producers Johnny Sandlin on drums and Paul Hornsby on organ and piano. And that would also be a bit unfair, because the Hour Glass were an above-average white soul group -- no Allman Brothers Band by a long shot, at least on their recordings, but an imposing outfit.

Originally named the Allman-Act (a pun on "almanac"), they got an audition with Liberty Records with help from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a recording contract resulted. There was also a name change to the Hour Glass. Unfortunately, it turned out that Liberty was primarily interested in Gregg Allman as a lead singer, and did its best to dress up the group's recordings with layer upon layer of production, including a full horn section and a soul chorus. The resulting debut album didn't sound a lot like the group, although it was polished and often effective white Southern soul, sometimes crossing paths with the sounds later heard from Elvis' glorious Indian Summer period on the From Elvis in Memphis album, which was still two years away. Other moments, such as "Silently," fit more easily into the languid pop-psychedelic spirit of 1967.

Amid this over-production, there wasn't a lot of the actual Hour Glass on the album, and not much in the way of sales success. By the time of their second album, Power of Love, the band's lineup had changed, with Pete Carr, a friend of Sandlin and company from Pensacola, FL, replacing Mabron McKinney on bass. This time out, they were given a freer hand in choosing the songs that went onto the new album, which gave it a bluesier feel than its predecessor. The Hour Glass still wielded virtually no control in the studio in terms of how the songs were arranged or recorded, but elements of their sound slipped through. Gregg Allman also wrote a couple of songs during this period, one of which, "It's Not My Cross to Bear," would turn up later on the Allman Brothers Band's debut album. Unfortunately, the Hour Glass' best moments were nowhere near the studio sessions where these two albums had been recorded but, rather, at the long jams they played at the Whisky a Go Go.

They made an attempt to record an album of their own, putting together demos for a proposed third release at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL -- they also cut a handful of tracks, most notably a B.B. King medley featuring Duane Allman out in front which, although not adequate from a commercial standpoint, did show off his playing in the studio better than any records up to that time. Liberty Records had no interest in the resulting tapes or in doing a third album, the first two having stiffed, and the band broke up soon after. Gregg and Duane tried playing in a band with their friend Butch Trucks, called the 31st of February, but Gregg headed back to California while Duane remained in Florida.

Although Liberty rejected the results of the Muscle Shoals sessions, they ended up benefiting all concerned in a far more roundabout fashion. Duane Allman's playing on those tracks led to a contract for session work at Fame, where he got to play on records by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and King Curtis, and was heard by manager Phil Walden and persuaded to form a new band. The rest, as they say, is history. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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Dig it, A hippie band doin Blue Eyed Soul.
amazing
Good to know why you love these guys
That was a bad bad a** white dude.singing way deep from his soul.l never heard their singing before just knew the cool thugged out Allman from the movie,"RUSH" . RIP DUANE
sweet little angel!!! :)
Great song! Play on Duane! He could play dem blues!
I always liked Allman Brothers but Duane he really rocks the blues to the core of his soul WOW!!! Great
Duane had the tone - considered one of the greatest guitar tones ever heard. You could get yourself a 59 Les Paul & a mid-60's Marshall (if you could afford them) but you would never come close cuz it was in his hands, fingers, heart & soul. RIP - Duane Allman - thanks maestro, see you when I get there...
sfrith2010
One of the best songs ever!!
People call the Rolling Stones the worlds greatest rock and roll band. I can agree with that. I call the Allmans, and any incarnation of theirs, the worlds greatest blues and soul band. Duane died wayyyyy too early. Goddam, I love this band!!!!
The even earlier days revisited
Damn son, we hardly knew ya...
When I was a teen, I ran away to a pop festival in south La. Awesome set I will never forget by It's A Beautiful Day early one morning. Most bands were no shows, but I believe I also heard Hour Glass. Anyone else remember that? Did they play that festival on the Atchafalaya River near Opelousas, La.?
kvons1
Can't even believe how long he's been gone. Been Gone Much Too Long ---RIP: Duane
the baddest mofos ever, the Allman Bros - their music will last the ages
one of duane allman's best tunes.should have gotten lots of airplay.if you never heard it before listen real good.duane was one of the best.
susanmarsh47
Oh, the nights at the Warehouse and the Ivanhoe!! Back in the day...
Duane Allman...one of the most brilliant guitarists that ever lived...such a shame he left us so early! Derek Trucks carries on the tradition! God Bless
I gave you 7 children and now you want to give em back. I love that line. Not a bad version, but nobody does it like BB.
Duane Allman was one of the best rock guitarists EVER!!!!
"BB King Medley" Performed by Duane Allman and The Hour Glass is a fantastic verson of this great blues track!!
Allman-Act, Allman Joys. Who knew they were so punny. The 60's sure had some corny-arsed names. What about Allmanure? Didn't think of that one, did they?
phayfield
Solid musicianship , you get a raw sneak peak of the future sound of the Allman Bro's; priceless!
It's spelled Hourglass, Allman Brothers, Duane, and Gregg. Yes, it was pre-Allmans
I LIVED IN ATLANTA BACK IN THE LATE 60S AND WE USED TO GO DOWN TO MACON TO SEE HOUR GLASS. I THINK THAT THIS IS PRE-ALLMAND BROS. IM NOT SURE BUT I KNOW THAT DUANNE AND GREG WERE IN THIS GROUP.

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