The closest thing Gregg Allman had to a successful solo career after leaving his older brother’s band in 1973 was a warmed-over version of “Midnight Rider” and an addiction to any substance that could be snorted or injected. Then in 1987, Allman released his only hit, “I’m No Angel,” a poppy dance number that doubled as a confessional tell-all about his bad-boy lifestyle. Aside from the semi-bluesy solo, the song was completely foreign (and distasteful) to fans of Allman’s earlier work with the Allman Brothers Band. But like all good bluesmen before him, Allman eventually dropped the sauce and made his way back home, recording a full-length album with the Allmans in 2003. His solo repertoire still contains some crummy covers and even a roots-rock version of “I’m No Angel,” but it’s also heavy on the stuff he wrote with his brother Duane before he tried (and failed) to make it on his own material.
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