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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 06:50 PM
Never heard a note by WP. But depending on who might be playing the Mushroom Stage at the same time it looks like I'm seeing them twice in April. Anybody care to recommend an album I should use as an introduction. Cheers.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 07:01 PM
My advice, considering how much different the band is with Jimmy Herring, check out some youtube videos from the past 2 years.

As far as albums go, Free Somehow came out in 2008, havent listened to it, but its the same story as the ABB/Mule/Dead or whoever, the albums are like the fetal version of the tunes. Live From Bonnaroo is suppost to be great, but you can probably get most of the tunes on youtube if you dont want to spend the $13 or whatever.

Awesome band, Dave Schools is a beast, and JB's vocals are not everyones favorite, but he fits in perfectly on most of the songs. They play different setlists every night, and do tons and tons of good covers. And oh yea, did I mention they have Jimmy Herring on lead guitar?

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 07:03 PM
cant really recommend an lp, but any of the live downloads from last summers tour with the abb are great, imo.. jimmy herring played with them & i thought was just a perfect fit.. nice wall of bass behind these guys, enjoy..

here is a download link from one of the shows, this one from n.j.

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=527678

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 07:03 PM
http://panicstream.com/

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 07:04 PM
Everything that I've ever heard them play pretty much sounds the same.
The only time they ever made my ears perk up was in October at Merriweather, and that was only for the last couple of songs, after Warren came out & did a tune with them and they kicked it up a notch.


Dave Schools is a hell of a bass player though.

[Edited on 1/16/2010 by funkyfitter]

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 07:07 PM
I like Live from the Classic City

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 07:25 PM
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JB's vocals are not everyones favorite


You can say that again

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 08:02 PM
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Light fuse get away was my first taste that was with Mike Houser on guitar very good stuff.
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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 08:41 PM
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I like Live from the Classic City


Thats a great start for a virgin of the panic!!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 09:28 PM
For a Widespread panic beginner, I suggest listening to Space Wrangler, Everyday or my favorite studio album of their, Till the Medicine Takes. They put out an amazing double live album called Light The Fuse, Get Away which includes many of their biggest and best live songs. Panic is going to kill it on the Suwannee.
 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 09:32 PM
I really like Don't Tell the Band, which was my introduction to Panic. It's not everyone's favorite, though. They are more fun live than on disk, in my opinion....

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 09:35 PM
Damn fine band!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 10:10 PM
New Year's Vacation Shows Dec. 30 & 31 2003...available on itunes. Kind of a amped up version of Live in the Classic City.

I also like Jackassolantern. I all live covers, but a good was to get a taste of their style with song you know.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 10:56 PM
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Never heard a note by WP. But depending on who might be playing the Mushroom Stage at the same time it looks like I'm seeing them twice in April. Anybody care to recommend an album I should use as an introduction. Cheers.


Live in the Classic City will give you the best introduction to most of the top songs and the live sound. It's a three CD set. Well worth it. There are many great studio releases but to me the must haves are Bombs and Butterflies, Widespread Panic, Till the Medicine Takes, Everyday.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2010 at 10:58 PM
I am a big fan of JB's vocals. He has a real soulful voice. They also have very god songs and build the jams out of the songs. Again I urge Live in the Classic City as a starting point.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 02:25 AM
Ain't Life Grand was one of the best albums of the 1990s. It's as diverse of tunes as Panic ever recorded...particularly vocally with three vocalists getting some mic time (lead and/or harmony). Some great slide on there too from producer/guest John Keane. Their first album, Space Wrangler, is an absolute classic too (with a much more prominent bluegrass influence then).

Go to http://panicstream.com to hear live stuff, including what they sound like with Jimmy Herring over last few years (12/31/09 is on the main page with great sound quality: http://panicstream.com/streams/wsp/2009_12_31/player.html).

Both of their live albums from the 90s are good places to start too.

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 03:22 AM
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Thats a great one. I also really like "Panic In The Streets".
My favorite WSP studio recording is "Ball".

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 04:40 AM
I'm still trying to figure out how much time in the pokey it will cost me to physically prevent anyone from WSP from joining the stage with the ABB. Jimmy Herring does not count, of course (always, ridiculously welcome to sit in).

Look out for me, JB!

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 06:39 AM
Thanks everyone, lot of info to digest there I don't usually like to hear a band first via a live album. (Hearing Made in Japan before Machine Head for instance all those years ago ruined MH for me as MIJ was so fantastic) but it seems live might be the way to go with Widespread Panic.
Charlietaber appreciate the offer but I live in the UK and it can be a bit of a pain sending stuff over here.
Thanks again folks I'm off to do some WP internet homework.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 10:49 AM
i had never seen them before this summer...so here is my first show...had a blast thought they were great...and with Warren playing on Cortez the Killer....wow......

http://panicstream.com:80/streams/wsp/2009_10_17/player.html

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 11:22 AM
Tried to like them but I do not like them. A very overrated band in my opinion.
 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 12:06 PM
I don't listen to them much. I have only one cd and its Ball. I just grabbed it one day when I was wanting to hear some new. Sat on the shelf for a couple years. After Dave Schools played with Mule off and on, I started listening to them. I have never seen them live, but always thought I would like them better live than on CD........so we will see....
 

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I really like Don't Tell the Band, which was my introduction to Panic. It's not everyone's favorite, though. They are more fun live than on disk, in my opinion....



Hope we sitting together again this year..............................dry!!!

 

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i had never seen them before this summer...so here is my first show...had a blast thought they were great...and with Warren playing on Cortez the Killer....wow......

http://panicstream.com:80/streams/wsp/2009_10_17/player.html

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Just listened to that......... so much for my studio recordings first thing! Anyway, really, I mean Really, enjoyed it. Right up my street! Next stop Amazon. Live From the Classic City you say Doug?

 

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i had never seen them before this summer...so here is my first show...had a blast thought they were great...and with Warren playing on Cortez the Killer....wow......

http://panicstream.com:80/streams/wsp/2009_10_17/player.html

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Just listened to that......... so much for my studio recordings first thing! Anyway, really, I mean Really, enjoyed it. Right up my street! Next stop Amazon. Live From the Classic City you say Doug?


Yes. That is a really excellent album.

 

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