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One Way Out - Live at the Beacon Theatre
Sanctuary Records Group

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
From the deep Southern night of "Desdemona" to the raunchy blues progression of "Statesboro Blues" and from the nostalgic yearning of "Old Before My Time" to the spiraling mania of "Whippin' Post", One Way Out is over two hours of live, sweaty rock and roll that leaves no stone unturned.

On one hand, you could put the music on at a cocktail party, and, at a modest volume, it would slowly filter into the background until a few guests might recognize catchy classics like "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" and "Midnight Rider". However, at a more suitable volume, and in the right company, One Way Out's awe-inspiring solos demand your attention. One good, long solo on this album has more genuine emotion than many whole albums. The empty Southern night in "Desdemona" cracks open into a double-headed, rip-roaring instrumental; "Dreams" is centered on a slow, pensive and low melody, from which the band sketches - then erases - rapid, impulsive riffs.

The music is that good: it can be recognized as the Southern classic rock sound of a few decades ago, a relative of something that might have passed you by on a radio God-knows-when, and, at the same time, completely capture you and aspire to new heights.

Impressively, the solos fit amazingly well into their respective songs: instead of simply being an excuse to jam, the solos follow the songs' characters on their highs and lows. At the end of the elongated solo on "Rockin' Horse", following the tumult of ascending guitar scales and a haywire organ, there's a brief rest; Gregg Allman's voice briefly returns, and as he barks, "t-talking about my guardian angel", you know he's talking about his guardian angel.

Reviewed by Josh Kazman
No infro.

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