Eat a Peach is the third studio album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album was released on February 12, 1972, in the United States by Capricorn Records. Following their artistic and commercial breakthrough with the release of the live album At Fillmore East (1971), the Allman Brothers Band got to work on their third studio album. Many in the band were struggling, however, with heroin addictions, and checked into rehab to confront these problems. On October 29, 1971, group leader and founder Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in the band’s hometown of Macon, Georgia, making it the final album to feature the guitarist.
Eat a Peach was a mix of studio recordings—both with and without Duane Allman—and recordings from the band’s famed 1971 Fillmore East performances. The album contains the extended half-hour-long “Mountain Jam”, which was long enough to take up two full sides of the original double-LP. Other highlights include vocalist Gregg Allman’s performance of his brother’s favorite song, “Melissa”, plus Dickey Betts’ “Blue Sky”, which went on to become a classic rock radio staple.
The album artwork was created by W. David Powell and J. F. Holmes at Wonder Graphics, and depicts the band’s name on a peach truck, in addition to a large gatefold mural of mushrooms and fairies. The album’s title came from a quote by Duane Allman: “You can’t help the revolution, because there’s just evolution … Every time I’m in Georgia, I eat a peach for peace”.
Issued as a double album in February 1972, Eat a Peach was an immediate commercial success and peaked at number four on Billboard’s Top 200 Pop Albums chart. The album was later certified platinum and remains a top seller in the band’s discography.
- “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” 3:40
- “Les Brers in A Minor” 9:03
- “Melissa” 3:05
- “Mountain Jam” (live) 33:38
- “One Way Out” (live) 4:58
- “Trouble No More” (live) 3:28
- “Stand Back” 3:25
- “Blue Sky” 5:10
- “Little Martha” 2:08
Duane Allman – slide guitar, lead guitar, acoustic guitar on all tracks except “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”, “Les Brers in A Minor” and “Melissa”
Dickey Betts – lead guitar, lead vocals on “Blue Sky”
Gregg Allman – lead vocals, Hammond organ, piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic guitar
Berry Oakley – bass guitar
Jai Johanny Johanson – drums, congas
Butch Trucks – drums, percussion, timpani, gong, vibes, tambourine