The Allman Brothers Band

Midnight Rider

Composed by Gregg Allman / Robert Kim Payne

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The Allman Brothers Band’s original 1970 version of "Midnight Rider" was a studio masterpiece with its two lead guitars and double percussion backing. Twenty-one years the old favorite comes of age for this live concert recording with a four guitar semi-acoustical arrangement led by Gregg Allman’s still potent vocals. Not at all missing the memorable reverb that accented the first recording, here there’s a resigned weariness in Allman’s voice that evidences a singer who has now experienced some of the hardships of his lyrics. Originally filmed for broadcast on Japanese television and later released in the U.S. as a part of the late 90s DVD explosion, this is just one of several fine recordings saved fromLes Brers 1991 concert at Great Woods, Massachusetts.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Idlewild South 1970 Mercury / Virgin EMI
At Fillmore East 1971 Island / Mercury / Universal Music 2:55
Eat a Peach 1972 Mercury 3:11
Brothers and Sisters 1973 Mercury 3:34
Beginnings 1973 Capricorn / Mercury / Pclc 2:58
The Road Goes on Forever 1975 Polydor
Universal Masters Collection 1981 Universal Distribution
Dreams 1989 Island/Def Jam / Universal / Universal Music 2:59
Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance, Vol. 3 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:58
No Image 1991 K-Tel Distribution
A Decade of Hits 1969-1979 1991 Polydor / Universal 3:00
Ramblin' Man 1992 Spm 2:57
Live at Great Woods [Video] 1992 Sony Music
The Best of Southern Rock [Rebound] 1994
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:58
Legendary Hits 1995 Rebound Records 2:58
Electric 70's 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:57
Mycology: An Anthology 1998 Epic
Guitar Rock [Time-Life Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:58
Guitar Rock: Guitar Power 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:58
The Best of the Allman Brothers [Polygram 1981] 1999 Polydor / PolyGram 2:59
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Allman Brothers Band 2000 Polydor / Polygram 3:00
Soft Rock [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:56
Winning Combinations: The Allman Brothers & Lynyrd Skynyrd 2001 Universal Special Products 2:59
Cosmic Grooves: Aries 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:00
The Road Goes on Forever 2001 Def Jam / Island / Island/Def Jam / Universal Music 3:00
A Year in Your Life: 1974, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:56
Goin' South, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:59
Best of Southern Rock: Extended Versions 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
Rock Triple Set 2002
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:00
Live at the Beacon Theatre [Video] 2003 Peach
Rock 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:57
One Way Out: Live at the Beacon Theatre 2004 Sanctuary / Peach/Sanctuary 3:16
Stand Back: The Anthology 2004 Hip-O / Universal / Universal Music 2:58
The Essential Allman Brothers Band: The Epic Years 2004 BMG / BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Instant Live: Fox Theatre - Atlanta, GA, 9/24/04 2004 Instant Live (Ryko) 3:18
Macon City Auditorium: 2/11/72 2004 Allman Brothers Band / Peach 3:14
Instant Live: Post-Gazette Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA 2005 Instant Live (Ryko) 3:21
The Chronicles 2005 Mercury / Universal Music 3:00
Devil's Rejects [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2005
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 2:58
Gold 2005 Mercury / Universal Music 3:00
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: 5/1/73 2005 Allman Brothers Band / The Allman Brothers Band Recording Co / Peach 3:29
Essential 2006 Madacy 2:58
Best of Southern Rock [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
True Rock 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 2:59
Classic Rock [Universal 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Goin' South Platinum Edition 2007
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:59
Colour Collection 2007 Universal 2:55
Music for Rocking 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:57
No Image 2007 Peach/Munck 3:27
Rock Legends 2008 Mercury 2:54
The Best of the Allman Brothers Band: Green Series 2008 Strategic Marketing 3:00
Playlist: The Best of the Allman Brothers Band - The Epic Years 2009 Epic/Legacy 3:10
Legends of Rock 2009 Mercury / Strategic Marketing 3:00
100 Hits: Movies 2009
Various Artists
Demon Records / Demon 2:57
Billy Connolly's Route 66: Music from and Inspired by the ITV Series 2011
Various Artists
UMTV 2:56
Greatest Ever! Rock Guitars 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:58
Icon 2013 Island / Mercury 2:57
No Image 2013 Spectrum Music
Five Classic Albums 2013 Virgin EMI
Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theater 1992 2014 Epic / Legacy 3:19
Icon 2 2014 Mercury / Polygram 2:57
The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings 2014 Mercury / Universal / Universal Music / Virgin EMI 3:07
Best of Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Universal 2:57
Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vol. 3: 1970 2015
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:59
Crackdown Concert, 1986 2015 Sutra 3:26
Austin City Limits 1995 2016 Go Faster Records 3:09
No Image 3:00
3rd Set Austin City Limits Capricorn/Roaring Mouse
Classic Rock Icons
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Music 2:58
Classic Rock [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 2:59
Life Is a Highway
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation / Universal Music 2:59
Rock 'N Roll All Nite
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 4:28
Rock Ballads: Ultimate Collection
Various Artists
Ultimate
The  Best of Classic Rock: Green Series
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 3:00
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