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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:41 PM
how about simply playing some of the previously recorded excellent songs that never see the light of day Bad Rain, Temptation is A Gun, Get On With Your Life, Win, Lose Or Draw, High Falls a quick five that come to mind.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 07:50 PM
Ditto Dovetail and Phillybob

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 08:11 PM
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IMO, current ABB sets would be dramatically improved with regular rotation of more songs like this from the last studio album...Desdemona, Firing Line, High Cost, Old Friend, Old Before My Time...they work with older material and stand up on their own...How 'bout it boys!?!?!?


"Desdemona", Hell yeah!

I'd be happy with a "Heart of Stone"!
Putting their "stamp" on it, and showin' Keith & Co. how it should be done would be worth the price of admission!

"Old Before My Time" is the only ABB song that can bring a sad tear to my eye.
Probably wouldn't mix well with acid.
If I heard it live, I'd probably "puddle"!

Bring on "High Cost"!

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:36 PM
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Well me says you are wrong.

Old Friend was composed by Warren and Chris Anderson. Not Ron Burgin and Jeff Anders.


Warren Haynes told me directly that Ron (or Jeff I forgot which) started the song. (High Cost of Low Living) It was never finished, Warren finished it off with Jeff (or Ron). Or they thought it was done, but when Gregg heard it, he really liked it but thought it could use a little work and added the bridge both musically & lyrically. So yes it is as much their song as anyones.

I co-write 90% of the music I write with other people and that's how it works. Everyone contributes in different ways. Sometimes the people I write with are not in my band, but it's still an original for my band if I had a hand in writing it, in my opinion. I don't see it differently here.

And on the subject of the song, I think its a fantastic song, and they used to play it a lot. I think that maybe they are laying a little low on HITTIN' THE NOTE material just because they played it so much in recent tours, I'm sure it will pop back up.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:38 PM
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Anyone have HTN Issue # 38?


Yes I have that and I believe Warren says something similar in there as well. I'll look it up.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:48 PM
Just looked it up, HTN#38. It's too long to retype the whole thing, but it is really close to what I remembered Warren telling me. Here's a brief summary: Ron Burgin (old friend of Warren's) wrote a song called "High Cost of Living Low". Ron had brought it to mutal friend Jeff Anders, but couldn't quite finish it and asked Warren to get invovled. After Warren worked on it, he felt it needed something else and that's when Gregg wrote the bridge. Again, both musically and lyrically.

If you listen to the original performances from March of 2001, the song is a little different. It had an intro that was the same as the outro, but without the long jam (which I kind of miss), the harmonies didn't come in the first chorus, the bridge had different lyrics (and maybe no harmonies, I can't remember) and there was no Allman-esque ascending riff before the bridge.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:53 PM
One more thing on this song as far as live vs. studio goes. I agree the studio version is phenomenal, but check out September 30, 2004!!! Amazingly tight in surprising places (vocals, the riff, etc). Great tempo & feel. Incredible jam.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 10:53 PM
They should have never killed 20 second electric piano intro to the song. Other than that, they hit a grand slam with High Cost in the studio. The layers you can hear of all 7 musicians playing is as good of sound quality as anything they did on that whole album. Great driving song.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2008 at 10:33 AM
great song. I feel they don't always do it justice live but there have been some great versions.
 

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  posted on 8/28/2008 at 02:53 PM
As I have recently posted in another thread, the boys are just getting warmed up! Red Rocks will hopefully prove to have some newer gems and some old faves to appease everyone in attendance. Wish I could be there this year....

There is always going to be someone who absolutely loves to hear Melissa every single time they buy a ticket, then there will always be someone who screams that if they hear that song one more time at a show ~ that they will never buy a ticket again.

Can't please everyone, but the Allman Brothers Band sure does a great job of pleasing me!!!!!!!!

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  posted on 8/28/2008 at 05:00 PM
There is always going to be someone who absolutely loves to hear Melissa every single time they buy a ticket, then there will always be someone who screams that if they hear that song one more time at a show ~ that they will never buy a ticket again.


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I'd love it if "High Cost" returns to the rotation. I'd kill for a "Worried Down With the Blues" instead of yet another "Woman Across the River."

[Edited on 8/28/2008 by jcb]

 

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  posted on 8/28/2008 at 05:31 PM
I love the studio version of High Cost. To me, the bridge is the emotional high point of the song. Those notes that Derek plays when the bridge starts to shift near the end put a lump in my throat and a chill down my back. I will play the song repeatedly just to hear those few notes.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 12:59 PM
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"I'd say the same thing about "Woman Across the River""


Oh man. LOVE that song!


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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 01:25 PM
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how about simply playing some of the previously recorded excellent songs that never see the light of day Bad Rain, Temptation is A Gun, Get On With Your Life, Win, Lose Or Draw, High Falls a quick five that come to mind.


Also, I'd love to hear "Nobody Knows" from an Evening With volume one......

 
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