Gregg Allman: 20 Essential Songs

Southern rock pioneer fused country blues with San Francisco-style extended improvisation, creating a template for countless jam bands

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"Just Ain't Easy" (1979)

By the time the Allmans reconvened for the reunion album Enlightened Rogues (one of Duane's favorite expressions about the band), Gregg had been through the ringer of Cher, the L.A. high life, and fan backlash. Those tortured few years are laid out, if not explicitly, in his finest moment from that album. A dose of morning-after despair, it found Gregg reclaiming the vocal subtlety of his early years.

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