An upcoming reissue of Gregg Allman’s 1973 debut solo album, Laid Back, is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to archival releases featuring the late co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band. Manager Michael Lehman spoke about Gregg’s legacy, the Laid Back re-release and what lies ahead when it comes to posthumous releases in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
Gregg Allman died due to complications from liver cancer in May of 2017. “Will people forget me?,” Gregg told Lehman in the months before he passed away. Michael has plans to cement Allman’s legacy by plotting a vault release each year starting with the rarity-filled version of Laid Back. Lehman revealed Gregg’s master recordings were not lost in a recent fire at Universal’s vault in California.
“While few original unheard studio recordings have been found in the vaults, plenty of release-worthy live tapes remain, including recordings of his five-night stand at New York’s City Winery in 2015,” Rolling Stone noted as per Lehman. Additionally, a career-spanning box set is in the works. Rolling Stone’s David Browne asked Michael Lehman about Gregg’s 1977 album with Cher, Two The Hard Way, to which the manager laughed and responded, “It’s all open for discussion.”
The Stand Back reissue is due on August 30 via Mercury. Head to Rolling Stone for much more on the expanded edition of the album.