Thread: R&B Gregg, You are the Best of them All!

fschiazza - 4/4/2012 at 02:17 PM

Sure, I love blues Gregg, as Low Country Blues last year shows. His gravelly voice is perfect for the form, and he sure has lived it to preach it.

And yeah, I love ABB Gregg, as his organ is the bottom and his voice the top of the greatest ensemble in rock history.

Folksy Gregg? Underrated and beautiful, as his few forays have shown.

Heck, even Pop Gregg is great, as "I'm No Angel" attests.

But nothing is as exciting to me as R&B Gregg; the sort of pure, soulful R&B as expressed in "Queen of Hearts," "Oncoming Traffic," "Bring it on Back," "One More Try" and so many other gorgeous cuts, mostly from the 70's. That is my favorite Gregg of all.

Oh MY how I would love to see him try his hand at that again. No more ABB... no more TBone... Just Gregg and his own soul.


Stephen - 4/4/2012 at 02:27 PM

Absolutely Frank, & the short-lived One More Try compilation is exactly that in a nutshell -- "just Gregg and his own soul" -- covers his whole career -- & is IMO the best thing he ever did as far as album releases...


willieB69 - 4/4/2012 at 02:36 PM

Gregg's take on the Clarence Carter classic "Slip Away" is one of my all time favorites!


fschiazza - 4/4/2012 at 04:19 PM

Yup!

It's funny in a way because, while the Allman Brothers are obviously a phenomenal band, its existence probably deprived the world of some real good authentic Gregg R&B and Dickey country. Not that you'd make that trade, but I wish there were people behind them pushing them harder towards focusing on their crafts, so that we'd have MORE classic Gregg R&B and MORE classic Dickey country to go along with what they did with the Brothers.


pops42 - 4/4/2012 at 04:34 PM

"dark end of the street" on [searching for simplicity] is killer stuff!, especially with Jack Pearson's slide work. more of that would be good.


jfk2112 - 4/4/2012 at 05:00 PM

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Gregg's take on the Clarence Carter classic "Slip Away" is one of my all time favorites!


I absolutely love Gregg's version of Slip Away. Actually, I really like the whole album Just Before The Bullets Fly. the song "Can't Get Over You" has a cool guitar riff. More pop/rock Gregg than R&B, but still good.

I think his heart has always been in R&B anyway. if it wasn't for Duane, Brother Gregg probably would have been and R&B artist.

Also, I agree with comments about One More Try. I listen to that more than any of his other releases. the solo acoustic takes of God Rest His Soul are haunting; almost to painful to hear. Gregg plays a pretty mean acoustic guitar on that record too. He is quite a musician. His voice is an amazing instrument and he is a great textural B3 player - one of the best, and a damned good guitar player too. Gregg is one of my favorite musicians and i wish him all the best in his recovery. I can't wait to read his book.


hotlantatim - 4/4/2012 at 05:20 PM

The ABB and Gragg's take on "A Change is Gonna Come" on the Live at the Beacon Theatre DVD is amazing. Wish it had made the live album too.


StratDal - 4/4/2012 at 05:32 PM

80's Gregg is cool. I like all those songs; even the ones he did with Don Johnson.


jfk2112 - 4/4/2012 at 05:39 PM

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80's Gregg is cool. I like all those songs; even the ones he did with Don Johnson.


I feel the same way. Dan Toler really came into his own on those records. I'm No Angel the album sounds a little dated but the songs and performances are still good. The live tapes from that era show a tight band at the top of their game.


Peachypetewi - 4/4/2012 at 07:14 PM

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Gregg's take on the Clarence Carter classic "Slip Away" is one of my all time favorites!


Same for Otis Reddings Can't Turn You Loose. He just nails it.


Brightboy - 4/4/2012 at 07:19 PM

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Gregg's take on the Clarence Carter classic "Slip Away" is one of my all time favorites!


I absolutely love Gregg's version of Slip Away. Actually, I really like the whole album Just Before The Bullets Fly. the song "Can't Get Over You" has a cool guitar riff. More pop/rock Gregg than R&B, but still good.

I think his heart has always been in R&B anyway. if it wasn't for Duane, Brother Gregg probably would have been and R&B artist.

Also, I agree with comments about One More Try. I listen to that more than any of his other releases. the solo acoustic takes of God Rest His Soul are haunting; almost to painful to hear. Gregg plays a pretty mean acoustic guitar on that record too. He is quite a musician. His voice is an amazing instrument and he is a great textural B3 player - one of the best, and a damned good guitar player too. Gregg is one of my favorite musicians and i wish him all the best in his recovery. I can't wait to read his book.


Loved reading this. I feel much the same way, though truly the man makes anything he sings sound amazing ("Rain" as a gospel song.....)

I often feel that the guitar pyrotechnics and the stellar rhythm section of the ABB overshadow what Gregg brings to the music and of course his serious health problems of late have given his contribution a sharper focus but in a negative way. So, after all those posts claiming that March 25th -- no Gregg -- was the best show of the Beacon run, it is truly wonderful to read all the comments here .

Gotta say I have long wished for a small ensemble or solo effort by Gregg. Record... tour... either ... both!

Thanks for this thread.


jfk2112 - 4/4/2012 at 07:54 PM

If he did a solo acoustic tour I'd be the first in line.


MartinD28 - 4/4/2012 at 10:39 PM

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Gregg's take on the Clarence Carter classic "Slip Away" is one of my all time favorites!


I absolutely love Gregg's version of Slip Away. Actually, I really like the whole album Just Before The Bullets Fly. the song "Can't Get Over You" has a cool guitar riff. More pop/rock Gregg than R&B, but still good.

I think his heart has always been in R&B anyway. if it wasn't for Duane, Brother Gregg probably would have been and R&B artist.

Also, I agree with comments about One More Try. I listen to that more than any of his other releases. the solo acoustic takes of God Rest His Soul are haunting; almost to painful to hear. Gregg plays a pretty mean acoustic guitar on that record too. He is quite a musician. His voice is an amazing instrument and he is a great textural B3 player - one of the best, and a damned good guitar player too. Gregg is one of my favorite musicians and i wish him all the best in his recovery. I can't wait to read his book.


Totally agree with everything you said. Well stated. Love the song "God Rest His Soul".


RobJohnson - 4/4/2012 at 11:49 PM

"I wish there were people behind them pushing them harder towards focusing on their crafts"

We may not agree all the time, Frank, but you said a mouthful there brother.

Of course, to be fair, if Gregg wanted things done differently he could say something, or change management. Eventually he bears some responsibility for the lack of new material, etc. The buck stops with Gregg.


jfk2112 - 4/4/2012 at 11:56 PM

Well, Gregg has said he didn't like the idea of recording without Tom Dowd, so now that he's done it, maybe he'll drag everybody together once he feels better. A near death experience has to give him some perspective on his musical legacy and the impetus to make more. I would think so anyway. I've read interviews with Ian Hunter stating that the death of Mick Ronson made him realize he was squandering his talents by not making new music and he has continued to this day after a long, long drought. Hopefully Gregg will have the same inspiration.


jfk2112 - 4/4/2012 at 11:58 PM

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"dark end of the street" on [searching for simplicity] is killer stuff!, especially with Jack Pearson's slide work. more of that would be good.


People come down hard on that album but it's another one I really enjoy. I noticed on the Sturgis performance that when the band started into the "new" arrangement of "Whipping Post" there was audible crowd response. They knew that version. I thought was a telling moment.


fschiazza - 4/5/2012 at 12:16 AM

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If he did a solo acoustic tour I'd be the first in line.


Nuh-uh! Back off!


fschiazza - 4/5/2012 at 12:18 AM

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"I wish there were people behind them pushing them harder towards focusing on their crafts"

We may not agree all the time, Frank, but you said a mouthful there brother.

Of course, to be fair, if Gregg wanted things done differently he could say something, or change management. Eventually he bears some responsibility for the lack of new material, etc. The buck stops with Gregg.
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No doubt; Gregg and Dickey are to blame.

It just makes me so sad because I think they had/have the talent to be right there with Mick and Keith and John and Paul and Neil and Bob and the other giants of rock, but they aren't because of wasted time.

One more record from Gregg - with ORIGINAL songs, straight from his soul - would do it for me.


Stephen - 4/5/2012 at 01:48 AM

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One more record from Gregg - with ORIGINAL songs, straight from his soul - would do it for me.


LCB is that record for me


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