What this live acoustic version of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” lacks with the unplugged format, eliminating Gregg Allman‘s magic carpet of Hammond organ as well as the dual trap drums, it gains immensely in revealing the bold boundary-expanding  eclecticism of composer Dickie Betts and the original Allman Brothers Band , served up fifty years ago on only their second album, Idlewild South . This inspired acoustic version comes from an unplugged set at a music and radio convention in Los Angeles in June 1992. –Redbeard

( Left Dickie Betts with the National steel guitar along with the late Gregg Allman, right )