Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas

Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas

Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas is a 1976 Double Live Album by the Allman Brothers Band.

It collected a variety of performances from the popular mid-1970s line-up of the band, which featured pianist Chuck Leavell and bassist Lamar Williams. Songs from their popular 1973 Brothers and Sisters album were heavily featured, but each of their other studio albums was represented by a selection as well.

Released after the group had already dissolved in acrimony, the album did not attract much praise or even attention at the time. The band did not like the selections, the sound mixing on the album was poor, the packaging was substandard, and the record also inevitably suffered by comparison to their classic 1971 At Fillmore East, generally considered one of the best live albums of all time.

Nevertheless, some of the 1973 performances, such as of "Southbound", are strong, and the energetic 1975 run-through of "Can't Lose What You Never Had" showed why it had enjoyed much of the progressive rock radio airplay off that year's Win, Lose or Draw. The New Year's Eve 1972 nightclub performance of "Ain't Wastin' Time No More", a number originally recorded shortly after the band lost Duane Allman and now being played shortly after the band lost Berry Oakley, illustrated the group's mixture of lament and resolve.

Decades after its release, both Leavell and drummer Jaimoe spoke favorably of the record, saying that despite the lack of previously unreleased songs and the problems surrounding the band at the time, there was a lot of excellent playing on it. Jaimoe said, "that's a hell of a record and I'm glad we captured the Chuck and Lamar era. It didn't last all that long."

The album's title is derived from the song "Too Much Monkey Business" by Chuck Berry. Album cover art was by Jim Evans.

Tracklist

A1 Introduction 1:05
A2 Wasted Words 5:13
A3 Southbound 6:05
A4 Ramblin' Man 7:15
B In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 17:27
C1 Ain't Wastin' Time No More 5:43
C2 Come And Go Blues 5:06
C3 Can't Lose What You Never Had 6:45
D1 Don't Want You No More 2:48
D2 It's Not My Cross To Bear 5:23
D3 Jessica 9:10

 

Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas

 

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