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  posted on 9/30/2011 at 05:50 PM
Man, I haven't listened to this album in a while. Like maybe a decade. Decided to throw it on while watching some baseball this evening.

DAMN Blue Sky is awesome. Warren and Dickey are KILLING IT. And I really like the Warren/Dickey vocal harmonies.

A great version of a great tune.

 
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  posted on 9/30/2011 at 06:51 PM
It is really stellar. The highlight of the disc IMO. My favorite song on 2nd Set is Back Where It All Begins.

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  posted on 9/30/2011 at 11:24 PM
oh yea. its my ringer on my cel phone. that album is my favorite album of all time. maybe cause my pop played it in the car non stop for 2 years when i was growing up. i do mean non stop. hahaha i know every single lick from all instruments burned in my soul. LOVE IT
 

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  posted on 10/1/2011 at 12:02 AM
Awesome version of Blue Sky and I love the Southbound from that album also. Really strong live album but I love 2nd set even more. Every song smokes on that one.

Funny that you mention the car. Back when cassette players were still in cars, I had 2nd Set in there for so long that my buddy started calling me 2nd Set.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2011 at 06:04 AM
AMEN!!!
That version of Blue Sky is great!!! That has probably my favorite Warren solo and slide playing ever. He kicks it in with the slide at 3:35 till 5:03 and just soars. Mostly when he really starts to dig it at 4:14 and he hits these licks at the 4:55-4:59 mark...it gives me chills every time. Move over Mr Trucks,Warren has got this one!!!!!!

Another song you dont hear enough of is Nobody Knows. Once again on Evening With Warren is just a beast during that solo.
This is everyones assignment today Play these two songs and just sit back and listen to Warren solo these two. The man is on fire.

It's hard to beleive that this came out almost 20 yrs ago!!!! I bought this when cd's were packaged in the long boxes(I think it was the tail end of that era of package,talk about klling trees!!!) I still have the long box,I kept cause I liked the artwork.

I would love to hear that lineup again of that band playing the rotation of songs they do now. They were Hittin The Note!!!


[Edited on 10/1/2011 by jszfunk]

 

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  posted on 10/1/2011 at 11:02 AM
I always felt Warren's guitar was too shrill on this tune, including the Evening With version. I do agree that Dickey and Warren's vocal harmonies were sweet, though.

"Move over Mr Trucks,Warren has got this one!!!!!!"

Sorry, can't sign off on that. Blue Sky is much more suited to Derek's playing, to me. If I had to pick one ABB song to show why I prefer Derek's tone and style as a slide player to Warren, this would be a pretty good example.

Check out the Little Martha>Blue Sky Jam>Little Martha from the United Palace run in 2010 to hear Derek absolutely slay this tune. No vocals, just an instrumental version, but Derek absolutely soars to the sky on this one. I think the version I'm thinking of is 3/20/10.

Nobody Knows from Evening With is pure fire, as good as anything that lineup played.

 
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  posted on 10/1/2011 at 01:31 PM
I've listened to this version more times than the original since Evening With came out. I love the energy on it (love Butch's drum kicking in at the beginning!). Warren's vocals are excellent accompaniment to Dickey who sings this version strongly! I used to love to hear this song in the 3 or 4 slot at ABB shows in 1990s.

But I also find the Warren slide portion of his solo on Evening With to be too "blue rock" for this tune. I actually enjoyed the guitar work more alongside Derek on the Blue Sky's played in 2004-2005. The ABB blew me away with those versions (one of the guitarist also did the country fills in the background during the vocals....Warren I believe).

Glad I was able to hear one live by the current ABB!

 

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  posted on 10/1/2011 at 02:34 PM
Great topic, I love these song-specific discussions.

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AMEN!!!
That version of Blue Sky is great!!! That has probably my favorite Warren solo and slide playing ever. He kicks it in with the slide at 3:35 till 5:03 and just soars. Mostly when he really starts to dig it at 4:14 and he hits these licks at the 4:55-4:59 mark...it gives me chills every time. Move over Mr Trucks,Warren has got this one!!!!!!

Another song you dont hear enough of is Nobody Knows. Once again on Evening With Warren is just a beast during that solo.

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This is everyones assignment today Play these two songs and just sit back and listen to Warren solo these two. The man is on fire.



Right on - doing it now.

Thanks for the suggestions - this sounds absolutely beautiful. (my personal most fave is probably End of The Line)

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  posted on 10/1/2011 at 03:58 PM
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I always felt Warren's guitar was too shrill on this tune, including the Evening With version. I do agree that Dickey and Warren's vocal harmonies were sweet, though.

"Move over Mr Trucks,Warren has got this one!!!!!!"

Sorry, can't sign off on that. Blue Sky is much more suited to Derek's playing, to me. If I had to pick one ABB song to show why I prefer Derek's tone and style as a slide player to Warren, this would be a pretty good example.

Check out the Little Martha>Blue Sky Jam>Little Martha from the United Palace run in 2010 to hear Derek absolutely slay this tune. No vocals, just an instrumental version, but Derek absolutely soars to the sky on this one. I think the version I'm thinking of is 3/20/10.

Nobody Knows from Evening With is pure fire, as good as anything that lineup played.


I had a friend mention that to me many years ago way before Derek was ever in the band, that this version was a little more "harder/edgier" than the studio release. Which it is , but thats fine with me. I prefer a little more " heft and grit " from time to time. Warrens slide solo fits real well into this version and seves the song,IMHO. I'm biased, what can I say!!

 

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  posted on 10/1/2011 at 05:47 PM
Warren's phrasing of his BS solo is tremendous...of course IMHO. But there is a place for every note, and a note for every place. Great song. I learned it the day I got the CD, going back down to "G" helped open up some melodies and the grit. Do love that solo. But alas, I'm with Rob in NC, End of the Line is my personal fave...I've always loved that song. Great thread.

 

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  posted on 6/19/2013 at 06:20 PM
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AMEN!!!
That version of Blue Sky is great!!! That has probably my favorite Warren solo and slide playing ever. He kicks it in with the slide at 3:35 till 5:03 and just soars. Mostly when he really starts to dig it at 4:14 and he hits these licks at the 4:55-4:59 mark...it gives me chills every time. Move over Mr Trucks,Warren has got this one!!!!!!

Another song you dont hear enough of is Nobody Knows. Once again on Evening With Warren is just a beast during that solo.
This is everyones assignment today Play these two songs and just sit back and listen to Warren solo these two. The man is on fire.

It's hard to beleive that this came out almost 20 yrs ago!!!! I bought this when cd's were packaged in the long boxes(I think it was the tail end of that era of package,talk about klling trees!!!) I still have the long box,I kept cause I liked the artwork.

I would love to hear that lineup again of that band playing the rotation of songs they do now. They were Hittin The Note!!!


[Edited on 10/1/2011 by jszfunk]


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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 08:13 AM
What a great thread. Trying to get work done at my home office but now listening to various Blue Sky renditions from my ITunes Library. An Evening With version still gets laughs from my family when they hear Dickey at the beginning - kinda like a salute to me for being over the top with ABB .... and why is this song on every one of your playlists. The band is playing Blue Sky more the last few years and each one I hear seems to get better. It started for me with the one someone mentioned at the United Palace sandwiched between Little Martha - no vocals. I was fortunate enough to have heard it played at the Beacon this year on the 15th and at Wanee. Not sure how to describe it but the guitar play has a more sing songy feel to it. Not as polished as the An Evening with version but in some ways that adds to the beauty of the song. Such a special song - perhaps more than any other it has the ability to send a chill down my spine.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 08:29 AM
They played Blue Sky at Wanee this spring, and Warren's tone and attack on Blue Sky was much more mellow, melodic. To these ears, anyway, Warren has added another style to his incredible guitar playing. He really does a great Dickey Betts when it gits the song. Dickey will always be my favorite guitarist ever, and Duane was the most creative, influential player ever, but Warren may be the most versatile in the history of the ABB. Perhaps the most versatile master musician in the history of rock.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 09:27 AM
Great Blue Sky and a great Dreams on that album. I also really like Get On With Your Life on that album - too bad it's gone from the rotation seemingly forever.

To continue the Blue Sky conversation - here's an interesting version - the last time Warren and Dickey played Blue Sky together to my knowledge - with Dickey guesting with the Phil Lesh Quintet in 2002. Unique version - great Warren solo to start, then Dickey starts his solo - makes room for some call and response Betts/Herring jamming with Warren playing rhythm behind - then Dickey comes back in for the big finish with Warren and Jimmy supporting. Very interesting take - too bad this might be the last time Warren and Dickey collaborate on this tune.

http://archive.org/details/2002-07-27.paf.josephson-darrin.simpson.11068.sb efail.flacf

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 11:11 AM
http://archive.org/details/2002-07-27.paf.josephson-darrin.simpson.11068.sb efail.flacf

thank you! this is killer

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 11:22 AM
slothrop8 - Huge thanks. Just downloaded the whole concert. Blue Sky is awesome. This is one of the many things that make this site so awesome.
 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 12:35 PM
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To continue the Blue Sky conversation - here's an interesting version - the last time Warren and Dickey played Blue Sky together to my knowledge - with Dickey guesting with the Phil Lesh Quintet in 2002. Unique version - great Warren solo to start, then Dickey starts his solo - makes room for some call and response Betts/Herring jamming with Warren playing rhythm behind - then Dickey comes back in for the big finish with Warren and Jimmy supporting. Very interesting take - too bad this might be the last time Warren and Dickey collaborate on this tune.

Thanks for the link. Enjoyed that very much.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 02:10 PM
Mediocre version IMHO. Warren butchers the song. The slide tone is so awful, like someone's torturing a siamese cat. Dickey's solo is beautiful but he can do much better on BS.

IMHO every version with Jack Pearson is better.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 02:33 PM

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 03:03 PM
One of those deja-vu threads where I feel like I have read this before and then see my own post.

Still love the version and for me, it was one of Warren's strongest songs during the Dickey/Warren era. BWIAB is another one where Warren would just take off. Dickey cut his solo short on some nights, Probably thinking "Where the hell am I going after that?".

The vocals with that lineup had some nice textures on some songs.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 03:25 PM
We're gonna be here a long time tonight so if you don't hear what you want... That's tough

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 03:59 PM
slothrop8 - i can't stop listening to this. thank you.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 04:10 PM
I've re-listened to it 3-4 times today too! I've been very critical of Dickey's playing - even as far back as some of the '98 shows I've heard - and definitely at the end of his ABB tenure and in most of the stuff I've heard since his departure from the ABB. But there he is in the mix with the PLQ - a band that in that 2000-2003 window played at an unbelievably high level every night out - and Dickey stands and delivers with them like he just jumped out of a time machine that brought him there from 1991. It brings a smile to my face every time I hear him stop and make space for Herring and go back and forth with him, and then an even bigger smile when he kicks it into high gear at the end of his solo. If that's the last time Dickey/Warren play that tune together - it's a shame - but a fine version to have as a bookend to their musical partnership.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 04:29 PM
Always thought Jessica on 2nd Set was great. Allen is mowing the lawn.

Back Where it All Begins great as well.

 

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  posted on 6/20/2013 at 09:47 PM
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Check out the Little Martha>Blue Sky Jam>Little Martha from the United Palace run in 2010 to hear Derek absolutely slay this tune. No vocals, just an instrumental version, but Derek absolutely soars to the sky on this one. I think the version I'm thinking of is 3/20/10.


the 3 versions from the Beacon this year were all stellar.
btw, it was Derek playing the country fills

lots of great versions of this tune.
#1 will always be Stony Brook 71

 

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