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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 05:12 PM
I keep hearing about how Gregg's new record is a classic, "Gregg done right," etc. That's all fine and well, and I LOVE what I heard so far.

That said, let's not forget what a great record Searching for Simplicity was and is. Gregg is right at home in the big-bandish R&B setting, and the songs and the grooves are wonderful.

There are a few tracks ("Silence Ain't Golden Anymore," "Memphis in the Meantime," "Starting Over") that fall a little flat, but the album is great as a whole.

I wish the whole record went in that big-band, r&b thing, such as the production on "I've Got News For You" and "House of Blues," which is where the album really shines.

Just wanted to show some love for one of Gregg's earlier classics before we get lost in a sea of Low Country Blues reviews...

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 05:40 PM
I agree 100% Seems like I bought that CD yesterday! Great stuff.

I've used the SFS phrase as a mantra ever since.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 05:53 PM
I love Startin' Over, after all it's the end of the line.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 05:54 PM
Love the SFS cd ....

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 05:56 PM
ditto, share the same sentiments.

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whippin post.. Jack's slide playing is unreal...

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 07:13 PM
wonderful, wonderful cd.. gotta love the horns..

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 07:22 PM
SFS is one of my favorite Gregg discs.

I think Rendezvous With the Blues is a great track, perfect for Gregg to sing.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 07:23 PM
I agree. I pulled it out about six months ago and it has been on heavy rotation ever since. "I Love the Poison" is the best song on addiction I have ever heard.
 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 07:56 PM
Amen to all the above...plus you gotta love Jack Pearson on this album , some of his best work .

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 08:21 PM
I love SFS too. that was the first time I heard "Memphis In The Meantime" and it led me to discover more and more John Hiatt music that fantastic. I love Gregg's version very much. On the new disc, "Little By Little" sounds like it would fit perfectly on Searching...

I listen to Searching the most out of all the ABB family solo albums. Whipping Post is a clever rearrangement that makes it a whole new song which is one of Gregg's greatest strengths - his rearrangements of classics.

Add to it Jack Pearson, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Bill Stewart, Johnny Sandlin, Scott Boyer etc and they all come together and make a very cohesive record. It was doubly exciting to me since Woody and Warren were out of the ABB and it didn't look like any new records were coming from them any time soon. This one was an excellent replacement. He really needs to do them more often though!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 08:45 PM
I haven't listened to that CD in years and am gonna revisit it after reading this thread. I saw him on that tour at Westbury and as always he had a great band.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2011 at 09:01 PM
My fave Gregg album after Laid Back but show some love for Silence ain't Golden, always gave me goosebumps that one

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 05:27 AM
It has it's moments,but it IMHO it has a little over produced/sterile feel at times and some of the songs used are kinda weak.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 06:32 AM
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It has it's moments,but it IMHO it has a little over produced/sterile feel at times and some of the songs used are kinda weak.


agree--some excellent songs,Jack is fantastic,but the production is glossy & slick--the new album,like Laid Back & The GA Tour have distinctive feel & sound....

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 07:05 AM
Try listening to The Duck Tape Mixes, that would address some of the overproduced issues

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 07:15 AM
i agree with alans, but what do i know.....i only listen to part of the Tapes each and every day..............

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 07:48 AM
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Try listening to The Duck Tape Mixes, that would address some of the overproduced issues


Whats that???

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 08:28 AM
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I agree. I pulled it out about six months ago and it has been on heavy rotation ever since. "I Love the Poison" is the best song on addiction I have ever heard.


i couldn't agree more

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 10:49 AM
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Whats that???


Jzfunk, evidently there was some form of disagreement between Gregg and Johnny Sandlin during the recording for SFS. Gregg finished the album somewhere else with a different mix. The original Johnny Sandlin version is VASTLY superior to the official release - a guitar players dream. It has a much warmer less sterile mix and without the filler of "Memphis in The Meantime." The guitar is right there in your face. Big Ann Sandlin knows the entire story and you should be able to track down a copy on the trades. You won't listen to the official release again or at least in the same way.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 11:04 AM
The Duck Tapes, are Greg's best work ever period.
I wonder what they were thinkin when they didnt
release the Duck Tapes.

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 11:12 AM
I listen to Searching without having heard the Duck Tapes (never had). It's not even close to being overproduced in my book. Jack Pearson sounds downright old school across most of the album.

I remember hearing it in the record store when it was released and was completely relieved it sounded much organic than the Epic Gregg Allman Band releases 8-9 years prior.

Now....if I heard those other tapes it would probably influence my opinion.

 

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Jzfunk, evidently there was some form of disagreement between Gregg and Johnny Sandlin during the recording for SFS. Gregg finished the album somewhere else with a different mix. The original Johnny Sandlin version is VASTLY superior to the official release - a guitar players dream. It has a much warmer less sterile mix and without the filler of "Memphis in The Meantime." The guitar is right there in your face. Big Ann Sandlin knows the entire story and you should be able to track down a copy on the trades. You won't listen to the official release again or at least in the same way.


wow--would really love to hear those recordings.

why is it called"Duck"?...or duct?


 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 01:05 PM
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wow--would really love to hear those recordings.

why is it called"Duck"?...or duct?




"Duck" is the nickname given to Johnny Sandlin. I don't know the story behind it, but ... Either in the Muscle Shoals or the Hour Glass days everybody had a nickname. Gregg was the Coyote. Reddog still calls him that from time to time. I'd assume Duane's was the Dog. Eddie Hinton's was the Bear. Duane Allman's anthology has a tune from a record called the Duck and the Bear. Crazy kids!

 

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 01:15 PM
Overall I dig SFS. In my opinion though there is some weak material on it, specifically Wolf's a Howlin' , Don't Deny Me and Startin' Over. SFS is kind of all over the place, an amalgam of a bunch of different styles. To me the high points easily outweigh the weak.......the remake of Whippin' Post was brilliant. House of Blues is nothing short of a classic blues tune, and Gregg co-wrote it with someone named T. Smallwood. Gregg's version of Dark End Of The Street is, to my mind, another classic.......it gives me chills up and down my spine every time I hear it. I've heard him say onstage that it was one of Duane's favorite songs. And some might say that Silence Ain't Golden Anymore is sappy, but I think it's a beautiful tune, proof enough that Gregg can do beautiful if he wants to. I also really dig Neighbor, Neighbor. Low Country Blues is much more of a "cohesive" record; Gregg made his mind up to make a straight blues record and not veer from the target, and he did it, and did it extremely well.

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  posted on 1/11/2011 at 01:19 PM
There is a vine for this -- recently re-activated:

http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&am p;file=viewthread&tid=107219

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