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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 06:10 PM
Amidst all of the LCB publicity Gregg's last solo album Searching for Simplicity needs to be given another look. About half of the music are Gregg originals that rank with some of his best writing. The musicians that collaborated on Searching included Jimmy Hall ,Jack Pearson and Derek Trucks gave the album a Chicago Blues flavor especially on songs like Come back and help me, Neighbor Neighbor , House of Blues, Rendezvous with the Blues, Wolfs a Howlin, Dont deny me and I've got news for you. Gregg's vesion of John Hiatts Memphis in the Meantime and Gregg's new Whipping Post arrangement gave the album some variety without losing that electric blues feel that I think Johnny Sandlin and Tom Dowd were looking for. As good as LCB is, Searching had more variety and quality from top to bottom . What it was missing was The Rounder Records marketing machine that has driven LCB to the top of the Billboard charts in the Blues category and a # 5 ranking in the pop category.
 
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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 06:15 PM
Searching for Simplicity was my fav. GA LP...but,I'm now digging LCB more.The playing is great on both,but I'm really diggin' Gregg's vocals & the production on LCB...

 

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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 06:38 PM
SFS.

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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 07:03 PM
gotta go with Searching For Simplicity..
although the new cd is still in my cd changer.. seems to be stuck..

 

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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 07:26 PM
I like the new album very much, but the Gregg Allman Tour 1974 will always be my favorite.
 

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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 07:28 PM
Searching For Simplicity - the Johnny Sandlin original takes and mix.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 07:49 PM
Both are great and hard to say which one is better.
I would have to say Searching For Simplicity, but I truly love LCB.
The best record Gregg has ever made is Laid Back, 1973!
It is my all time favorite blues/rock record ever made.
The best record ever. IMO!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 08:43 PM
LCB number 5 the people have spoken.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2011 at 11:08 PM
So hard to choose.....I love the haunting beauty of LCB. Also love the variety of Searching for Simplicity. If I have to choose, I'll go with LCB. Of all Gregg's albums, I like Laid Back best, then On Tour.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 07:55 AM
LCB

if we;re talking top 3 GA albums it's Laid Back,The Gregg Allman Tour & LCB.

i like SFS,but prefer the music of the Duck tapes & the singing off the actual album....

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 09:02 AM
as much as i don't want to....... i agree with effie.......in that order

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 09:44 AM
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if we;re talking top 3 GA albums it's Laid Back,The Gregg Allman Tour & LCB.

i like SFS,but prefer the music of the Duck tapes & the singing off the actual album....


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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 10:29 AM
If I had to choose, I would take Searching. But I love LCB as well. It's not about picking a worse one in my opinion. They sound like two different animals to me.

Sure wish he was coming to Chicago. He always comes here when he tours.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 10:38 AM
Funny comment from Gregg on the A&E show...

{I'm paraphrasing}

"My last two or three solo albums were supposed to be called 'You're in Good Hands with Allman' ... just could never get Allstate to OK it."

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 11:32 AM
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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 11:41 AM
I posted this exact same thread like 2 weeks ago.

Anyway, one reason why I think I prefer Searchin for Simplicity: it's GREGG'S album.

The whole "T-Bone picked the songs, the musicans, etc" thing is a little off-putting for me.

Does Gregg know that "Devil Got My Woman" was in Ghost World? Did he know half the songs before he recorded them?

I just feel like Gregg can sit at the piano and write a half-dozen insanely soulful, jarring songs, much less "Desdemona" and THAT'S what I want to hear him do.

I still loooove the new record, but it lacks the personal touch that makes it essential for me.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 11:41 AM
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Funny comment from Gregg on the A&E show...

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"My last two or three solo albums were supposed to be called 'You're in Good Hands with Allman' ... just could never get Allstate to OK it."


Personally, I thought that was a dumb title.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 01:30 PM
I thought 'Searching for Simplicity' was very good but I also think 'Low Country Blues' is far superior in both style and substance. The material on LCB just fits Gregg and his style like a glove. That album just flows from beginning to end with abbsolutely zero filler.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 01:51 PM
I like the feel of LCB better. Maybe its in the sound or style of the recording, but it kinda takes me back to blues/big band sound of the 40's. I can almost see Gregg in a tux in front of a small band sitting in front of monogrammed bandstands all wearing tuxes. It is a different feel from Searching.

That said, I do believe Searching is a better CD due to the Gregg originals.

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Funny comment from Gregg on the A&E show...

{I'm paraphrasing}

"My last two or three solo albums were supposed to be called 'You're in Good Hands with Allman' ... just could never get Allstate to OK it."


Personally, I thought that was a dumb title.


Haha. Me too! I'm so glad they keep saying no.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2011 at 03:38 PM
no contest at all for me........

Searchin' is a much better effort in every way IMHO.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2011 at 06:54 AM
Duck Tapes without a doubt...................
 

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  posted on 1/31/2011 at 09:46 AM
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I posted this exact same thread like 2 weeks ago.




 

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  posted on 1/31/2011 at 09:55 AM
Low Country Blues hands down !

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I thought 'Searching for Simplicity' was very good but I also think 'Low Country Blues' is far superior in both style and substance. The material on LCB just fits Gregg and his style like a glove. That album just flows from beginning to end with abbsolutely zero filler.




Another outta the ball park 100% in agreement note!

 

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