Thread: Best version of jessica

fender31 - 7/26/2011 at 09:04 PM

What is the best version of jessica you have heard? In 2005 at Spac the Bros opened the show with it and it was awesome.


ABBDutchFan - 7/26/2011 at 09:34 PM

Oddly enough the best version for me still is the studio version from B&S. Probably the only song from their catalogue that i prefer in it's original studio version.


IPowrie - 7/26/2011 at 09:55 PM

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Oddly enough the best version for me still is the studio version from B&S. Probably the only song from their catalogue that i prefer in it's original studio version.


I second this


BIGV - 7/26/2011 at 10:15 PM

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Oddly enough the best version for me still is the studio version from B&S. Probably the only song from their catalogue that i prefer in it's original studio version.


Agreed. W/O Chuck... It ain't Jessica.


midnghtrdr69 - 7/26/2011 at 10:33 PM

Agreed. Vince said all that needed to be said to make the vote unanimous. Chuck makes the song complete.


Dan - 7/26/2011 at 11:10 PM

Agreed with Brothers And Sisters. Second in my opinion would be the version from Wipe The Windows, you talk about chuggin' on down the line!!! WOW!


kjw818 - 7/26/2011 at 11:25 PM

It's not Jessica without Dickey...

You need his tone.


PhotoRon286 - 7/26/2011 at 11:33 PM

For me it will be Artpark near Niagara Falls a few years back.

My kids & I watched DB & GS tear it up from seats on stage.

Can't beat that at all.


CB - 7/26/2011 at 11:45 PM

2007 NOLA Jazz Fest - Chuck sat in.


griff - 7/27/2011 at 01:51 AM

Bottom Line NYC 1983. This was the Great Southern lineup that included Chuck.
Went both nights.


Stephen - 7/27/2011 at 02:46 AM

Yes, the BHLT (Betts, Hall, Leavell, Trucks) version is real nice -- their show from March 1983 is real nice
concur with the studio version


willieB69 - 7/27/2011 at 02:59 AM

I agree with Charlie on this one! the 2007 Jessica from their Jazzfest show is always first up on my ipod when I get in my car in the AM. I literally listen to this version every day and I never get tired of hearing. it always starts my day off with a smile!


masbama - 7/27/2011 at 03:04 AM

Must have Chuck (Dickey too).Best piano solo in R&R. Wipe The Windows is my favorite;a lot of power. Get the remixed version-the whole place explodes when Dickey starts his solo while Gregg ramps up the Leslies.


manitou - 7/27/2011 at 08:51 AM

The studio version is brilliant.


axeman - 7/27/2011 at 10:01 AM

Another vote for the studio as #1.

Runner ups include Paris '91, Merriwether '91 and Denver, CO 94.

I love the Jazzfest Jessica but I don't think Chuck really adds much to it. IHMO I don't think the band supports his solo all that well and it seems just blend in rather than dominate. You end up barely noticing it. That Jessica is a great performance by the Warren/Derek lineup for sure and I enjoy it as much as anyone but I don't really think of it as Jessica per se.

[Edited on 7/27/2011 by axeman]


rainy - 7/27/2011 at 10:29 AM

With the composer Dickey Betts, then Chuck, Lamar... and seeing that this is the weekend anniversary of Watkins Glen 7/27/73... Watkins Glen version... W O W ... 600, 000 strong.. what a weekend of great music... THE ABB / THE BAND / THE DEAD ....
I am so happy to say I WAS THERE>><<

and then the studio version from B&S , really, it is hard to say ,as I have seen many , many shows and they were all THE BEST at that moment... the begining sounds of Jessica can get you on your feet...with a huge smile on your face...


Rusty - 7/27/2011 at 12:19 PM

Aside from the original version that appeared on Brothers and Sisters - my personal favorite version is by the Dixie Dregs on their live, California Screemin' album.

Same tune, for the most part. A very nice organ solo by the late, T. Lavitz replaces Chuck's piano. Steve Morse just takes the solo into outer space!


Rydethwind - 7/27/2011 at 04:13 PM

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Oddly enough the best version for me still is the studio version from B&S. Probably the only song from their catalogue that i prefer in it's original studio version.


I agree 100% every live version is played at about 1/2 speed way to slow the original is the best


fschiazza - 7/27/2011 at 04:15 PM

Robin Kenyatta's version is pretty sweet.


lonomon - 7/27/2011 at 04:38 PM

I enjoy the studio version the most, but any version that Dickey plays.

When the current lineup does it, it's OK.

And I abbsolutely hate it when they throw a JaBuMaOt in the middle of it. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

But that's me ...


dougrhon - 7/27/2011 at 04:41 PM

The version on the Nassau Coliseum Archive release is excellent. I also prefer the studio version of Melissa. I like the pace of it and I think Gregg's vocals were never as passionate as on Eat a Peach.


Zambi - 7/27/2011 at 06:15 PM

I agree about Dickey and Chuck's playing making that song. That said, I do enjoy the versions played on the 2000 summer tour.


KWidgeon - 7/27/2011 at 06:17 PM

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I enjoy the studio version the most, but any version that Dickey plays.

When the current lineup does it, it's OK.

And I abbsolutely hate it when they throw a JaBuMaOt in the middle of it. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

But that's me ...




That's me, too. Also agree that Dickey must be playing on it!


dadof2 - 7/27/2011 at 06:18 PM

Brothers and Sisters.

The shows that I saw between '73 & '76 were blazing.....Dickey & Chuck were incredible.....


BIGV - 7/27/2011 at 06:27 PM

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Brothers and Sisters.

The shows that I saw between '73 & '76 were blazing.....Dickey & Chuck were incredible.....


Agreed. Those were the days


hotlantatim - 7/27/2011 at 07:25 PM

The studio version is my favorite too.

The Brothers have done some amazing versions of Jessica with Chuck Leavell over the last 10 years. My favorite is probably 3/25/01. Derek, Warren & Chuck play the harmony melody riff in a somewhat laid back fashion ala the studio original and then Chuck kills it with an extended solo. Warren follows with an amazing respectful solo, then they segue into space and Derek starts dropping slow slide lines that Chuck matches. A little Beatles riff gets thrown in and then it grows into something intense before returning to the original song. I was fortunate to be there. The tapes only confirmed what I saw. 16 minutes of bliss.


yankweed1 - 7/27/2011 at 07:44 PM

so many versions I agree with the Brothers and Sisters album cut,, but the best was New Years Eve.. 1975 Lakeland civic center,,,,,,,,, dickey and chuck and all.. was played at mid nite.. awesome.........


foppa - 7/27/2011 at 08:39 PM

3/21/05 w/ Chuck


hotlantatim - 7/27/2011 at 09:44 PM

great call foppa. 3.21.05 is one of the all-time great ABB shows, certainly one of the best of the last 20 years:

The Juke Horns & Chuck Leveall were out for about half the night:

1. You Don't Love Me
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Midnight Rider
4. The Same Thing
5. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
6. Egypt
7. Into The Mystic
8. Come and Go Blues
9. All Night Train
10. Blue Sky

11. Little Martha (Derek & Warren acoustic)
12. Les Brers In A Minor
13. Good Clean Fun
14. Dreams To Remember
15. Can't Lose What You Never Had
Jimmy Cobb drums
16. Desdemona
Jimmy Cobb drums
17. Jessica
Encore
18. Southbound
19. Layla


midnghtrdr69 - 7/27/2011 at 10:29 PM

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Brothers and Sisters.

The shows that I saw between '73 & '76 were blazing.....Dickey & Chuck were incredible.....


Those were some of the best Jessica's ever played....Also, the WTW,CTO,DG version is pretty somking.


MartinD28 - 7/27/2011 at 11:21 PM

Agree with others who have posted about Chuck. Other keyboard players have played with or sat in, and it's not the same. The signature sound on that song is Chuck's. First time I heard the original on B & S, I was blown away...great stuff.

I never liked the solo done by Johnny Neel when he was with the band. Maybe it's taste, but I find Chuck's playing melodic & a great fit with the band. I always thought Johnny was all over the place.

Another point - these days when the song is played without the piano, it just feels like something is missing.

Just my 2 cents worth.


midnghtrdr69 - 7/27/2011 at 11:39 PM

The Johnny Neel thing is a very good observation. I like Johnny, be his style just doesn't produce a top quality version of Jessica. Gotta be Chuck. Just my .02 also, but its realistic.


D28guy - 7/28/2011 at 10:25 AM

My favorite would probably the 10/1/05 Atlanta "instant Live"


midnghtrdr69 - 7/28/2011 at 12:26 PM

I don't think I have that show. Is it a must add to my collection show??


danigoni - 7/28/2011 at 02:38 PM

09 beacon run with Chuck's also quite nice, Cuck doing Little Martha and all.


jfk2112 - 7/28/2011 at 04:16 PM

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Must have Chuck (Dickey too).Best piano solo in R&R. Wipe The Windows is my favorite;a lot of power. Get the remixed version-the whole place explodes when Dickey starts his solo while Gregg ramps up the Leslies.


I was going to agree with the studio version as the best and probably still do, but the version you mentioned is amazing too. That whole album is under-rated. As much as I love the Dickey/Warren line-up (probably my fave) I just don't get much thrill from Jessica without the piano.


jfk2112 - 7/28/2011 at 04:18 PM

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I never liked the solo done by Johnny Neel when he was with the band. Maybe it's taste, but I find Chuck's playing melodic & a great fit with the band. I always thought Johnny was all over the place.


That's because he can't see the keys - lol. I know exactly what you mean though. His playing if often dissonant.


Jack - 7/28/2011 at 07:58 PM

The studio version will always be # 1 with me. Chuck's solo is one of the most memorable on piano, so alive and rollicking. Best version I've seen personally was Toronto August 2005 -the Stones were rehearsing in Toronto - Chuck came out and played a long set with the band including a killer Jessica.

Great show that night and the next in London, the bonus was Jack Pearson sitting in for Warren. Chuck one night, Jackie for both and 2 back to back Brothers shows, lt doesn't get much better than that !


BIGV - 7/28/2011 at 08:09 PM

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Agree with others who have posted about Chuck. Other keyboard players have played with or sat in, and it's not the same. The signature sound on that song is Chuck's. First time I heard the original on B & S, I was blown away...great stuff.
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Agreed. Chuck owns this song

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I never liked the solo done by Johnny Neel when he was with the band. Maybe it's taste, but I find Chuck's playing melodic & a great fit with the band. I always thought Johnny was all over the place.


Agreed. "All over the place" and at times with no sense of melody

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Another point - these days when the song is played without the piano, it just feels like something is missing.

Just my 2 cents worth.


$$ well spent


D28guy - 7/29/2011 at 03:19 AM

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I don't think I have that show. Is it a must add to my collection show??


If you do, I dont think you will regret it.


jdorman60 - 7/29/2011 at 06:28 AM

While I do not think it is the best version, I do enjoy watching the much maligned 1980 version of the Allman Brothers play "Jessica" at the Univ of Florida Oct 26, 1980 including the much maligned Mike Lawler. I like his solo here and of course Dickey busts it open as usual when he takes the last solo. With nearly 4 million hits, this is by far the most watched ABB video on youtube. Although Top Gear might have something to do with that.


CanPeach - 7/29/2011 at 02:55 PM

If that is the version on the "Brothers Of The Road" dvd I know what you mean. Its hard to find that in stores but I have a copy and watch it when I fell like reliving the "good ole daze"


BANANAMAN - 7/29/2011 at 03:09 PM

I'm no Dickey Betts sycophant, but to my ears, any version w / o Mr. Betts ain't really Jessica (no disrespect to Haynes / Trucks). I had the privilege of seeing a lot of great Jessica's with the Dickey- Dangerous Dan line-up of DB&GS as well.


Stephen - 7/29/2011 at 03:59 PM

Nice to see props for the 1979-81 band -- thank you/healing vibes out to Danny -- a blazing guitarist & fine human being -- this guy has played many a burning Jessicas, in both DBGS eras as well as the ABB -- same w/Johnny IMO, he's all over the Jessica on my 1990 Raleigh tape -- there are so many versions out there -- what for instance would the general consensus be of the An Evening With version that IIRC won a Grammy award back in the 90s -- good weekend all





[Edited on 7/29/2011 by Stephen]


PauliG - 7/29/2011 at 07:17 PM

My .02 cents

I agree that the studio version in this case is definitive.

However check out March 23-25, 2001 with Chuck Leavell. Amazing versions! The only ones that have given the original a jab... as far as I'm concerned.


Marley - 7/29/2011 at 08:10 PM

The studio version is great, and two of my other favorites were already mentioned here - the ones with Chuck on 3/23/01 (with a nice Norwegian Wood tease) and 3/28/09. The version from Atlanta in 2001 (8/5) is very special, too. There were some cool versions with Jimmy Herring in 2000, too.


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