The Allman Brothers Band will release three live and archival CDs and one DVD on Dec. 6 as part of a new distribution deal that gives the band control of their own music to an unprecedented level. “Finally, after 40 years, (the band) are making records for their own label, without any interference from non-musicians,” says Gregg Allman.

The group has joined forces with Entertainment One Distribution to market two signature record labels; Peach Records and the Allman Brothers Band Recording Company. The agreement with Peach Records is for the sales of its previous Sanctuary label releases, as well as new live recordings of the current band. The deal with the Allman Brothers Band Recording Company is for the release of archival recordings that feature the late band members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.

First up, they will release the live ‘S.U.N.Y. At Stonybrook, NY’ (1971) show, which will include apparently the only soundboard recording of ‘Blue Sky’ that features deceased founding members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.

Previously, this show was only available through mail-order and at the ABB live shows. Also to be expected is the out-of-print 2003 studio album ‘Hittin’ The Note,’ a re-issue of the 2003 ‘Live At The Beacon Theatre’ DVD, and the 2004 live album ‘One Way Out,’ which features classics and newer material.

The group also plan a 2012 release of their 40th Anniversary show held at the 2009 Beacon Theatre. After years of the band being protective about their material, the group is excited about the possibilities of this deal. Longtime manager Bert Holman says, “This new relationship will allow us to get music into fans’ hands quicker and more readily than ever and will give us the added marketing support that these projects deserve.”