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ABBThe Allman Brothers Band's "Hittin' the Note" is the veteran Southern rock combo's first studio album in more than eight years. Due this week on the band's own Peach Records imprint via Sanctuary, the set sports a number songs that have been staples of the ABB's live show in recent years, including "Desdamona," "High Cost of Low Living," and "Rocking the Horse."

The album also features a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Heart of Stone" and the 12-minute jam "Instrumental Illness." The set was recorded without original guitarist Dickey Betts, who was recently replaced by Warren Haynes, founder of Gov't Mule. The guitarist has been a frequent contributor to the band for much of the past decade.

"We'd been having some trouble in the band with personnel," vocalist Greg Allman said in a statement. "These sorts of things just don't inspire you to write new stuff, but when Warren came back the music just came spilling out. Songwriting with Warren made it really fun again." The group will launch a summer tour in June, with its annual residency at New York's Beacon Theater in progress now (March 13-18, 20-22, 25, 26, 28, 29).