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Author: Subject: Gregg Allman mentions "the next Allman Brothers album" in a new Rolling Stone interview

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 02:09 PM
By Andy Greene
Nov 02, 2010 11:02 AM EDT

When Gregg Allman and his brother Duane were growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida, in the 1950s, they'd stay up late listening to WLAC, a legendary Nashville radio station that broadcast blues across the East Coast. "After the other stations shut down, you could get the signal," he recalls. "They'd play Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin' Hopkins. After hearing Jimmy Smith on their jazz show, I knew I wanted to play Hammond organ."

Fifty years later, Allman is paying tribute to the blues greats that inspired him with a record of covers of tunes by Muddy Waters, Skip James and others. "It's been 14 years since I cut one," he says. "And I was hot to trot." One reason for the long break was that Allman's longtime producer, Tom Dowd, died in 2002. But Allman's manager arranged a meeting with T Bone Burnett in Memphis in 2009. "The first thing out of his mouth was, 'Wasn't Tommy Dowd killer?'" Allman says. "I soon learned that he was real from top to bottom."

Burnett gave him a CD of blues classics to check out, and in January Allman went to L.A. to start recording. "We got a bunch of the songs on the very first take," says Allman. "I was prepared to stay two months, but we cut 15 tracks in 11 days." With acoustic bass and Burnett's rustic sonics, the LP feels far more intimate than a typical Allmans LP. "With the Brothers, there's a groove," Allman says. "Doing it yourself, you got one head chef in the kitchen."

The experience went so well that he hopes Burnett will produce the next Allman Brothers LP, their first since 2003. But before that, the singer will return to the road with the band in November - his first tour since receiving a liver transplant in June. And next March the Allmans will be back at New York's Beacon Theater for their residency, after being kicked out in 2009 for a Cirque du Soleil flop; the band played instead 100 blocks north at the United Palace Theater. "We got something on paper that says they won't do that again," he says. "But after my operation, I'm really just happy to be out playing. I'm going to thank God every night for giving me more years to live."

 
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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 02:36 PM
Well that sounds good.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 02:38 PM
Who knows? Despite the idea riased, that the CD/ album is obsolete and not worth it for bands, Gregg is putting out a CD, so there is one ABB member who still believes in the format. Obviously Derek and Warren do also.

Then, of course, there is the question of whether the ABB as an entity buy into it.

I would like to see them take the model used by Frogwings for "Croaking at Toads." Get together a batch of new songs, play them live, record them live, and BAM that's your album.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 02:42 PM
Thanks for posting the article.

I agree with JimSheridan that the CD is pretty much dead and most musicians are just releasing new music in downloadable format only.

The mule still puts out CDs though.

I do wish that the ABB and Mule would just do what you wrote about frogwings doing.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 02:43 PM
I also thought the Beacon info. was interesting as well. The part about getting it in writing that they won't be screwed again. Good idea. I hope that means they're looking to play there beyond 2011.
 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 03:04 PM
TheNewt, to be clear, I love CDs and albums. I love having a set of songs that were created at a specific time, arranged in an order to move the listener through a real experience, released as a coherent whole. I still buy 'em.

Many musicians have said the CD is dead - the guys from the Dead, and I beleive Butch as well. I don't agree with them, but I am old fashioned. I do not see the numbers that they are privy to.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 03:39 PM
The Beacon and a new CD,Music to my ears

 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 03:50 PM
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The Beacon and a new CD,Music to my ears

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 04:27 PM
I know I'm old school (OK, just old), but I like a CD I can get my hands on, just as I prefer real books to holding a mini-computer. Plus I like to have my collection neatly lined up where I can see it -- I have all my live recordings (about 40 of them, both official releases and Instant Live stuff) arranged chronologically. I know I'm in the minority and I'm all for new technology (hey, if it wasn't for that we wouldn't have Hittin' the Web), but sometimes the old way is the best way.
 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 04:41 PM
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TheNewt, to be clear, I love CDs and albums. I love having a set of songs that were created at a specific time, arranged in an order to move the listener through a real experience, released as a coherent whole. I still buy 'em.

Many musicians have said the CD is dead - the guys from the Dead, and I beleive Butch as well. I don't agree with them, but I am old fashioned. I do not see the numbers that they are privy to.


Totally agree with you Jim. I still buy as many CD'S as my wallet lets me, both old and new.

 

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I know I'm old school (OK, just old), but I like a CD I can get my hands on, just as I prefer real books to holding a mini-computer. Plus I like to have my collection neatly lined up where I can see it -- I have all my live recordings (about 40 of them, both official releases and Instant Live stuff) arranged chronologically. I know I'm in the minority and I'm all for new technology (hey, if it wasn't for that we wouldn't have Hittin' the Web), but sometimes the old way is the best way.


Totally agree with you Delaware. Nothing like having a music room full of all your (music) stuff.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 05:48 PM
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I know I'm old school (OK, just old), but I like a CD I can get my hands on, just as I prefer real books to holding a mini-computer. Plus I like to have my collection neatly lined up where I can see it -- I have all my live recordings (about 40 of them, both official releases and Instant Live stuff) arranged chronologically. I know I'm in the minority and I'm all for new technology (hey, if it wasn't for that we wouldn't have Hittin' the Web), but sometimes the old way is the best way.


I couldn't agree more....

 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 07:08 PM
If their was an album for every time gregg mentions going in to the studio the ABB would have brought 3 out since hittin the note.I'm all for a new album or even a live one,heck I would be happy with one new original song from this group.
 

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  posted on 11/3/2010 at 07:29 PM
I'll believe it when I hear it. That goes for any ABB release, new, live or archival.
 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 02:31 PM
The CD is a dying format. I wish more bands would put out their studio music in a lossless download format. It seems like they could get their music to the fans worldwide a lot quicker than trying to get CD distribution. Plus purchasing a download seems to be the "greener" thing to do.

I've ripped all my CDs to Apple lossless format in iTunes (made multiple backups) and have traded in some of my CDs to ipodmeister.com for an iPod.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 03:59 PM
I can't comprehend the hoopla about the CD being "a dying format", since many acts are once again pressing vinyl LPs along with CD AND downloadable formats. About the only formats that I would really consider being "obsolete" are any type of format that uses magnetic tape (cassette, 8-track obviously, DAT, etc)...and, possibly other formats that have dropped by the wayside due to them not catching on as the "industry standard" (DVD-A, etc).
 
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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 04:18 PM
You can't beat something to hold in your hands.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 04:18 PM
If you're gonna go retro - go retro! Release that puppy on 78 RPM!

 

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  posted on 11/4/2010 at 04:24 PM
Gregg's new album will be available on vinyl. Way back in the 80's I bought the Frampton Comes Alive CD when it was issued. I was holding the cd booklet in one hand and the gatefold double LP in the other and knew at that moment that in my heart, vinyl would never be obsolete.

And now it's making a resurgence with the public.

I like CDs a lot too and nothing beats having a physical copy of what you bought. I'm a liner notes geek too so I really hate no info with the downloads.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2010 at 09:45 AM
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I like CDs a lot too and nothing beats having a physical copy of what you bought. I'm a liner notes geek too so I really hate no info with the downloads.


Same here.


Back to the topic at hand, what are everyones thoughts of T-Bone producing an Allman Brothers Band album?

Would he strip the ABB sound down too much?


Good question. However, since he's stripped down the sound with the last couple of artists he's worked with, maybe he'd jump at the chance to work with a band that's known for that "Wall of Sound." A chance at a departure from his usual style if you will. And if you're going to work with a band with those kinds of sensibilities and skills, why not one of the best?

 

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  posted on 11/5/2010 at 10:30 AM
I think the band is waiting 9 years before releasing a new studio LP!! It took 9 years between the release of WHERE IT ALL BEGINS (1994) and HITTING THE NOTE (2003). So therefore I theorize that it will be 2012 when the ABB reconvene for their new studio album.

 

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I like CDs a lot too and nothing beats having a physical copy of what you bought. I'm a liner notes geek too so I really hate no info with the downloads.


Same here.


Back to the topic at hand, what are everyones thoughts of T-Bone producing an Allman Brothers Band album?

Would he strip the ABB sound down too much?



agree--i prefer cd's too...

as for T-Bone--well,he hasn't produced full bands(Plant/Krauss,GA,Leon/Elton) & he tends to rely on his own guys to play...also,all of T-Bone's albums are very bottom heavy--uses an upright bass & a drum that exudes alot of bottom....i'm not quite sure what ha can do for a "full" band sound....

 

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I like CDs a lot too and nothing beats having a physical copy of what you bought. I'm a liner notes geek too so I really hate no info with the downloads.


Same here.


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Back to the topic at hand, what are everyones thoughts of T-Bone producing an Allman Brothers Band album?

Would he strip the ABB sound down too much?


A "newer" or flat out different tone or feel could be something very cool

 

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