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  posted on 1/31/2013 at 11:46 AM
So what are some versions of the ABB Layla worth tracking down ?

When they broke it out in 2002 at the beacon it was special to me. 2009 with EC brought the Layla/Duane connection full circle but for some reason, many versions I heard seemed to not get fully over the top into that cathartic territory that the original has. Almost like Derek was holding back a bit when he did the final jam over the piano piece.

So......this morning, I left the house in what seemed almost like the outer bands of a Hurricane. Dark skies, wind howling, trash cans all over the street etc... I get on my train to work and pop in PNC/NJ summer 2006 on the ipod. I hadn't heard the Highway 61 with Petty yet and wanted to give it a listen.

I really enjoyed what I heard. Layla comes on and I'm reading some e-mails. All of the sudden the sky parts and the sun is shining off the NYC skyline as the train is passing Woodside Queens. Derek is soaring on the end piece like no other version I heard. The whole band is locked in. Maybe I just hadn't heard it in a while, Maybe it was the dramatic scenery of the sky line against 2 weather fronts but the hair on my neck stood on end and I had one of those moments only fellow ABB fanatics would understand. Thank you Derek/ABB / Duane/ EC / Jim Gordan / Bobby Whitlock and Patti Boyd for inspiring such an amazing piece of music... WOW.

So what are some other versions to track down ??? The whole PNC 2006 show is a great also !

 
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  posted on 1/31/2013 at 11:52 AM
I am very partial to the track three, side four version.

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  posted on 1/31/2013 at 12:35 PM
I think the 3/21/05 version with Chuck Leavell on Keys was one of their best. That whole show was amazing, with great guests too. Juke Horns, Gregg nailed the vocals on Dixie Down, Jimmy Cobb on drums for a couple of tracks, Paige McConnel on keys for something. Jessica with Leavell. I wasn't at this show, but it is one of my favorites:

1. You Don't Love Me
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Midnight Rider
4. The Same Thing
5. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
6. Egypt
7. Into The Mystic
8. Come and Go Blues
9. All Night Train
10. Blue Sky
Acoustic
11. Little Martha
Derek & Warren acoustic
Electric
12. Les Brers In A Minor
13. Good Clean Fun
14. Dreams To Remember
15. Can't Lose What You Never Had
16. Desdemona
17. Jessica
Encore
18. Southbound
19. Layla

 

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  posted on 1/31/2013 at 01:04 PM
09-25-04.......Derek nails it. Spine-tingling......

Not Derek, but P&F -02-18-12 has a pretty good Layla. Part of it was because I was there and the whole place was swimming in lysergic bliss. Part of it was it was night 3 of the run and everyone knew Layla was coming, but the question was when? At any rate Warren just crushes the vocals and lays down jaw dropping slide work. We were right in front of Warren, it was an emotional joyous trip through the ether.......






 

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  posted on 1/31/2013 at 01:05 PM
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The whole band is locked in. Maybe I just hadn't heard it in a while, Maybe it was the dramatic scenery of the sky line against 2 weather fronts but the hair on my neck stood on end and I had one of those moments only fellow ABB fanatics would understand. Thank you Derek/ABB / Duane/ EC / Jim Gordan / Bobby Whitlock and Patti Boyd for inspiring such an amazing piece of music... WOW.



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  posted on 1/31/2013 at 04:08 PM
Ive only heard 2 versions of it. [fox atlanta 2004 & 3/20/09 w/Clapton] I like the version w/ Clapton better, the band was on top of their game that night.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2013 at 09:35 PM
I think the 2006 show you are referring to is from Camden not from PNC, and I was lucky enough to be there. yes it was very cool. When the band was touring with Petty, their sets were shorter, so the energy level was real high the entire night.

The first recording I heard of Layla was the Charlotte 8/9/03, so it was special for that reason.

But my favorite is the Jones Beach 8/24/04. The last part of the show was Black Hearted Woman, followed by Mountain Jam and a Whipping Post closer. You can't follow that much energy with One Way Out encore, so I guessed at Layla and was right. I don't know that it is the definitive version, but that night it sure was.

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I think the 2006 show you are referring to is from Camden not from PNC, and I was lucky enough to be there. yes it was very cool. When the band was touring with Petty, their sets were shorter, so the energy level was real high the entire night.

The first recording I heard of Layla was the Charlotte 8/9/03, so it was special for that reason.

But my favorite is the Jones Beach 8/24/04. The last part of the show was Black Hearted Woman, followed by Mountain Jam and a Whipping Post closer. You can't follow that much energy with One Way Out encore, so I guessed at Layla and was right. I don't know that it is the definitive version, but that night it sure was.

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I was at Jones Beach that night, and have to agree that it was pretty special.

I remember a younger guy asking his buddy why the ABB would be playing Eric's song, and an older guy (not me) explained to them how it was Duane's song too! The kid was pretty amazed.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2013 at 10:36 PM
"music and life intertwining." gotdrumz got it right tommars. The version that melds the sound with your soul is the one that is best for you. I love this place and the ABB.
 

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  posted on 2/1/2013 at 10:54 AM
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I think the 3/21/05 version with Chuck Leavell on Keys was one of their best. That whole show was amazing, with great guests too. Juke Horns, Gregg nailed the vocals on Dixie Down, Jimmy Cobb on drums for a couple of tracks, Paige McConnel on keys for something. Jessica with Leavell. I wasn't at this show, but it is one of my favorites:




Like Tim, 3/21 has always been my favorite. Except for me it was 3/21/03, not 05. The 7/30/03, Chicago version is also right up there for me as well. Like Tommars, the "hair on my neck stood up" feeling happened when they kicked into it, and I got to hear it live for the first time.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2013 at 11:52 AM
3/21/05 is top 5 all time ABB shows past & present to my ears. Little bit of everything. Chuck takes it over the top. Layla final encore was the cherry on top.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2013 at 02:40 PM
Did Chuck play on that 3/21/05 version, or is it Gregg on keys for the coda?

 

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  posted on 2/1/2013 at 03:15 PM
8/9/2003

I kinda freaked when they went to it. The buzz went 5 levels higher

 

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  posted on 2/1/2013 at 03:18 PM
Interesting discussion on a very special song. In one of my conversations with Derek he mentioned that, until they played it with Clapton, there were parts of it that were not structurally correct. Clapton explained some of the techniques and everything finally fell into place.

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  posted on 2/1/2013 at 03:46 PM
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Interesting discussion on a very special song. In one of my conversations with Derek he mentioned that, until they played it with Clapton, there were parts of it that were not structurally correct. Clapton explained some of the techniques and everything finally fell into place.

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Very cool to know. Layla is my favorite song.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2013 at 03:56 PM
3/21/05 is the only version of any song that has repeatedly put me into tears during Derek's coda solo.

If I had a G-spot receptive to music, this song would hit it every time....

 

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  posted on 2/1/2013 at 04:11 PM
I believe 2005 1st leg of summer tour The Gorge Layla was the encore or last song can't remember but it is off the hook!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2013 at 10:30 AM
I also like the studio version that Derek did (maybe for some all-star tribute album?). The coda is fantastic.
 

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3/21/05 is the only version of any song that has repeatedly put me into tears during Derek's coda solo
If I had a G-spot receptive to music, this song would hit it every time....



Love that description.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2013 at 03:18 PM
The 8/9/03 show in Charlotte was my first time seeing and hearing Derek. I heard the rumor they were playing Layla. I was sitting right behind the soundboard and I could see it on the setlist for the encore. Derek's playing blew me away the whole show but his playing on Layla was maybe the most beautiful soaring guitar solo I'd ever heard!
I sat in my seat for several minutes after he finished, I was so overwhelmed, and I had some tears in my eyes. Of course from that day forth I have been a serious dedicated Derek Trucks fan!
I have heard some of the other versions and while quite good don't at least for me have quite the specialness of that night.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2013 at 06:33 PM
Layla just popped on my iTunes. It Rocked!!!

 

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