One More Try: An Anthology

One More Try: An Anthology is a compilation album by American singer-songwriter Gregg Allman, released on September 23, 1997 by Polygram Records and Capricorn Records. The set collects demos, outtakes, and previously unreleased alternate versions of songs by Allman, mainly dating from the period in which he recorded his first solo album, Laid Back (1973).

One More Try: An Anthology
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Compilation album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)
  • Kirk West
  • Bill Levenson (exec.)
Gregg Allman chronology
One More Try: An Anthology
The Gregg Allman Tour

It was promptly pulled from distribution shortly after its release and has been out of print since.[1]


One More Try was compiled by Kirk West and Alan Paul, with Paul penning the essay in the album's liner notes. Paul mentions the release in his 2014 book One Way Out, commenting, "It's a true shame that this collection, which so beautifully reveals a hidden side of Gregg—vulnerable, acoustic, aching, soulful—is deeply out of print."[2] No reason for its discontinuing has ever been given, though online forum posts indicate Allman was unhappy with the unfinished nature of the recordings seeing release.[3]

Geoffrey Himes of The Washington Post considered it a "most unusual retrospective," and wrote, "Many of these rarities suffer from a lack of rhythmic push, but to hear Allman growling and purring his way through his favorite Muddy Waters, Jackson Browne and Bobby Bland tunes as well as his own originals is a genuine treat."[4] Thom Owens at AllMusic gave it 4.5 stars out of 5 and said, "Although it may be a little too comprehensive for some tastes, One More Try: An Anthology is the definitive Gregg Allman collection."[5]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Gregg Allman, except where noted.

Disc one
1."One More Try" (Solo Piano & Vocal Demo) 3:14
2."One More Try" (Band Demo) 4:11
3."All My Friends" (Alternate Version)Scott Boyer4:10
4."Can't Lose What You Never Had" (Demo)McKinley Morganfield4:22
5."Midnight Rider" 4:29
6."God Rest His Soul" (Demo)Steve Alaimo[A]4:49
7."Multi Colored Lady" (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo) 4:37
8."When a Man Loves a Woman" (Demo)
  • Calvin Lewis
  • Andrew Wright
9."Slip Away"
  • W. Terrell
  • W. Armstrong
  • M. Daniels
10."I Feel So Bad" (Tour Rehearsal)Chuck Willis5:35
11."Wasted Words" (Previously Unreleased) 5:59
12."Turn on Your Love Light" (Tour Rehearsal)
  • D. Malone
  • Joe Scott
13."Brightest Smile in Town" (Tour Rehearsal)3:04
14."Can You Fool" (Demo)Michael Smotherman3:15
15."Never Knew How Much" (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo) 3:15
16."Please Call Home" 2:47
17."Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (Band Demo)Traditional, arr. by Allman and Johnny Sandlin5:13
Disc two
1."Bring It On Back" (Solo Piano & Vocal Demo) 4:34
2."Catfish Blues" (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)Morganfield4:10
3."Come & Go Blues" (Solo Guitar & Vocal, Live) 5:00
4."Adam's Song" / "Shadow Dream Song" (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)Jackson Browne4:05
5."These Days" (Alternate Version)Browne3:56
6."God Rest His Soul" (Band Demo)Alaimo5:30
7."Queen of Hearts" (Alternate Version) 6:13
8."Rain" (Demo)3:01
9."It's Not My Cross to Bear" (Demo) 4:00
10."Win, Lose or Draw" (Previously Unreleased) 4:45
11."Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)Traditional, arr. by Allman3:40
12."Shadow Dream Song" (Solo Guitar & Vocal Demo)Browne2:25
13."Multi Colored Lady" (Alternate Version) 4:49
14."Bad Dream" (Previously Unreleased) 5:19
15."Lead Me On"
16."Oncoming Traffic"
  • Allman
  • Janice B. Allman
17."Melissa" 4:00


  1. ^ Though credited to Steve Alaimo, "God Rest His Soul" was written by Allman. He sold the publishing rights to this song and half of "Melissa" (which he later re-acquired) in 1968.[6]


  1. ^ Paul, Alan (2014). One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. St. Martin's Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-250-04049-7.
  2. ^ Paul, Alan (2014). One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. St. Martin's Press. p. 413. ISBN 978-1-250-04049-7.
  3. ^ "Gregg Allman – "One More Try" 2CD". September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Geoffrey Himes (November 14, 1997). "GREGG ALLMAN "ONE MORE TRY: AN ANTHOLOGY" CAPRICORN CHRONICLES". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Thom Owens. "One More Try: An Anthology – Gregg Allman – Songs, Reviews, Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Allman, Gregg; Light, Alan (2012). My Cross to Bear. William Morrow. pp. 100–101. ISBN 978-0-06-211203-3.

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