Spanning four discs and nearly 100 tracks, Dreams
is one of those rare box sets that tells a story while delivering the definitive word on its subject. Its success has a lot to do with its status as Polygram/Bill Levinson's sequel to the acclaimed hit Crossroads
, which summarized Eric Clapton
's winding career perfectly. They follow the same approach here, gathering pre-Allman
's recordings from the clan, including cuts by the Allman Joys
, selecting the hits from the classic years, and adding stray cuts by solo projects to the mix. It's a smart move and it results in a terrific box that truly offers the definitive word on one of the longest-running dramas in Southern rock. Yes, the Allmans
reunited rather successfully after this box, so none of that material is here, but it's not missed -- this is the story of the band.