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Hittin' the Note is the twelfth and final studio album by the American Southern rock group the Allman Brothers Band. Released through Sanctuary Records, it was their first studio album to include lead slide guitar player Derek Trucks and bass player Oteil Burbridge and marked the full-time return of guitar player Warren Haynes to the band. It was also their only studio album not to include original guitarist Dickey Betts.

Hittin' the Note
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 18, 2003
RecordedDecember 2001 & April 2002
Water Music, Hoboken, NJ
GenreSouthern rock, blues rock, jam rock
ProducerMichael Barbiero
Warren Haynes
The Allman Brothers Band chronology
American University 12/13/70
Hittin' the Note
Live at the Beacon Theatre
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Music Box3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
PopMatters(not rated)[4]

The CD was recorded live in the studio in New Jersey in December 2001 with lead vocal and minor overdubs recorded in early 2002. It was the first Allman recording co-produced by bandmember Haynes and Michael Barbiero. The album also marked the band's exit from Sony/Epic Records and was released jointly by Sanctuary Records and the band's Peach Records.

The album was met with critical acclaim but very limited radio airplay. Wall Street Journal, Allmusic, and Rolling Stone magazine each gave the record positive reviews.[citation needed] The track "Instrumental Illness" garnered two Grammy Award nominations in 2003 and 2004, both in the Best Rock Instrumental category.

Much of the record was written by the writing team of Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes. The band's history was not ignored: The structure of concert favorite "Desdemona" recalls that of "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", while "High Cost of Low Living" features the guitarists quoting from other Allmans classics such as "Blue Sky", "Dreams", and "Mountain Jam". But the future is served too: The acoustic track "Old Friend" closes the album; including only Haynes and Derek Trucks, it is the only Allman Brothers Band track ever not to include an original member.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Firing Line" (Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes) – 5:17
  2. "High Cost of Low Living" (Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Jeff Anders, Ronnie Burgin) – 7:52
  3. "Desdemona" (Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes) – 9:20
  4. "Woman Across the River" (Bettye Crutcher, Allen Jones) – 5:51
  5. "Old Before My Time" (Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes) – 5:23
  6. "Who to Believe" (Warren Haynes, John Jaworowicz) – 5:38
  7. "Maydell" (Warren Haynes, Johnny Neel) – 4:35
  8. "Rockin' Horse" (Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Jack Pearson) – 7:23
  9. "Heart of Stone" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 5:06
  10. "Instrumental Illness" (Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge) – 12:17
  11. "Old Friend" (Warren Haynes, Chris Anderson) – 6:12



  1. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Hittin' the Note - The Allman Brothers Band | AllMusic". Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. ^ Metzger, John (2011). "Allman Brothers Band - Hittin' the Note (Album Review)". Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  3. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (2011). "The Allman Brothers Band: Hittin' The Note : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  4. ^ Hyden, Steven (7 May 2003). "The Allman Brothers Band: Hittin' the Note < PopMatters". Retrieved 14 January 2012.

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