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  posted on 11/20/2013 at 03:53 PM
I'm sure all here agree this is Gregg's most overlooked masterpiece by the mainstream and in thinking about who could possibly do the his vocals justice on this (not to mention the instrumental support and mix) it occurs to me that this really is one of his best vocal performances.

Given that this is going to be a DVD, album movie (Uverse concert channel?) etc document of Gregg's career, I sure hope this song gets covered.

I honestly can't think of anyone who has the pipes AND the proper phrasing-style for this. Not to mention a Southern accent to go with it.

Who could/should/will(? PleeasOhPlease) do this?

 
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  posted on 11/20/2013 at 04:02 PM
Fantastic song. If not the man himself, how about Natalie Cole?
 

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  posted on 11/20/2013 at 04:37 PM
One of my favorite songs. I've seen Gregg's solo bands countless times & never have seen him play this live? I hope he does this tune in Atlanta.

Question - I'm just curious if anyone on here has heard this tune at a show?

 

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  posted on 11/20/2013 at 05:23 PM
Who should sing it? My pick would be Gregg or God. Everyone else falls a bit short.
 

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  posted on 11/20/2013 at 05:41 PM
Wow...wildly coincidental. The wife and I were watching "African Americans" on PBS last night (everyone should check this out...it's fascinating/incredibly inspiring) and enjoying listening to Dr. King and his philosophies. This got us thinking (hoping) that Gregg should sing God Rest his Soul in Atlanta. Obviously we don't think it will happen as this show has "Greatest Hits" written all over it...but Gregg SHOULD. What a beautiful song. Really cool that axeman was thinkin' the same!
 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 10:16 AM
I've always thought Warren would do it justice.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 10:19 AM
How this song has been overlooked by Gregg and Friends and The Brothers is unfortunate. Falls into that same category as Please Call Home, Multi colored Lady, Oncoming Traffic, Just Aint Easy , Ocean awash the Gunwale and others. Often overlooked tunes that could be classified as some of Gregg's best work.
 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 10:42 AM
I wouldn't hold my breath.

Gregg has always said that he wrote this song as a personal tribute to MLK and never intended to even record it... which I've never really understood.

Probably more germane, he sold it and "Melissa" to Steve Alaimo... Phil Walden ended up buying back half of Melissa for him. Though Gregg has never said this to me (or anyone else that I know of), someone else being credited and paid for "God Rest His Soul" may well be a reason he doesn't want to play the song.

As noted, however, he has plenty of other great tunes which have fallen off setlists without such issues. Seeing him play "Oncoming Traffic" on a grand piano at the Beacon one year was one of my ABB highlights.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 11:00 AM
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I wouldn't hold my breath.

Gregg has always said that he wrote this song as a personal tribute to MLK and never intended to even record it... which I've never really understood.

Probably more germane, he sold it and "Melissa" to Steve Alaimo... Phil Walden ended up buying back half of Melissa for him. Though Gregg has never said this to me (or anyone else that I know of), someone else being credited and paid for "God Rest His Soul" may well be a reason he doesn't want to play the song.

As noted, however, he has plenty of other great tunes which have fallen off setlists without such issues. Seeing him play "Oncoming Traffic" on a grand piano at the Beacon one year was one of my ABB highlights.


Gregg's selling off ... "authorship" of a song - just seems strange. I'm thinking of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer sold his personal stories and anecdotes to Mr. Peterman to tell as his own.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 11:07 AM
I would like to hear Steve Winwood give this a try

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 11:36 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y0HNqXrrCM
 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 11:45 AM
I've never as much as even heard the tune. Is it on One More Try? I own it but haven't played it in years.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 11:51 AM
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Gregg's selling off ... "authorship" of a song - just seems strange. I'm thinking of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer sold his personal stories and anecdotes to Mr. Peterman to tell as his own.


Good one.

Not that complicated. He needed cash and songs were his assets.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 12:50 PM
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I wouldn't hold my breath.

Gregg has always said that he wrote this song as a personal tribute to MLK and never intended to even record it... which I've never really understood.

Probably more germane, he sold it and "Melissa" to Steve Alaimo... Phil Walden ended up buying back half of Melissa for him. Though Gregg has never said this to me (or anyone else that I know of), someone else being credited and paid for "God Rest His Soul" may well be a reason he doesn't want to play the song.

As noted, however, he has plenty of other great tunes which have fallen off setlists without such issues. Seeing him play "Oncoming Traffic" on a grand piano at the Beacon one year was one of my ABB highlights.


Since we hear there's the possibilty of some new Gregg tunes in the hopefully near future, it would be wonderful to see him write something in the vein of "God Rest His Soul" or "Oncoming Traffic". This is a softer side of his writing style that shines.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 02:03 PM
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Wow...wildly coincidental. The wife and I were watching "African Americans" on PBS last night (everyone should check this out...it's fascinating/incredibly inspiring) and enjoying listening to Dr. King and his philosophies. This got us thinking (hoping) that Gregg should sing God Rest his Soul in Atlanta. Obviously we don't think it will happen as this show has "Greatest Hits" written all over it...but Gregg SHOULD. What a beautiful song. Really cool that axeman was thinkin' the same!


I have been watching the African Americans too, and have really enjoyed it. Sorry to say I did not think of having that song done in Dr King's hometown. Maybe word will get through to Gregg.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 02:27 PM
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I wouldn't hold my breath.

Gregg has always said that he wrote this song as a personal tribute to MLK and never intended to even record it... which I've never really understood.

Probably more germane, he sold it and "Melissa" to Steve Alaimo... Phil Walden ended up buying back half of Melissa for him. Though Gregg has never said this to me (or anyone else that I know of), someone else being credited and paid for "God Rest His Soul" may well be a reason he doesn't want to play the song.

As noted, however, he has plenty of other great tunes which have fallen off setlists without such issues. Seeing him play "Oncoming Traffic" on a grand piano at the Beacon one year was one of my ABB highlights.



If this is the case, Gregg ought to consider the fact that Willie Nelson sold "Crazy" and "Nightlife" for something like $50 before he broke it big and there is close to ZERO people on this planet who do not know Willie wrote those songs. Willie plays them all the time too. NO SHAME in selling a song; just read Willie's autobiography.

I am skeptical that Warren would be the right voice for this only because his phrasing is a lot different than Gregg's and the phrasing is one of the things I like about it. I am sure Warren could do a great job, but just not sure he would sing it the way I personally would like to hear it.

I think Natalie Cole is actually a great idea. She certainly has the pipes. Not sure about her phrasing but seems like it's worth a shot... the way she sustains a lyric and lets it fade on "Unforgettable" is actually the "phrasing" that I like about Gregg's singing of GRHS: he holds the note and lets it fade.

Never occurred to me either!: ATLANTA = MLK's home town!!
Another great reason to dust this one off for the right guest singer. (Not sure if Gregg has the pipes to do this one anymore but would certainly like to hear him try)

 

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  posted on 11/21/2013 at 02:40 PM
warren for me if not gregg.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 10:29 AM
robslob, yes there's 2 versions on One More Try, a solo acoustic demo from summer 1972, & a band demo from Fall '72 -- Gregg, Butch & David Brown (bass) did the original from Sept 1968 -- it was on the "Gregg & Duane" record originally I think, & is included in the Dreams box

different subj -- hey you're from the Bay Area right? (could b wrong) -- reports of massive winds out there, esp. in Oakland -- casualties, leveled structures etc?

back to thread, The honoree should sing God Rest His Soul at the Gregg Tribute show...

 

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robslob, yes there's 2 versions on One More Try, a solo acoustic demo from summer 1972, & a band demo from Fall '72 -- Gregg, Butch & David Brown (bass) did the original from Sept 1968 -- it was on the "Gregg & Duane" record originally I think, & is included in the Dreams box



I have it on the 31st February ("Gregg & Duane") album and also by the Hour Glass on The Power of Love album.

Different versions, needless to say....




 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 11:19 PM
Ray LaMontagne.

It needs a VOICE.



[Edited on 11/23/2013 by WaitinForRain]

 

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  posted on 11/22/2013 at 11:47 PM
Recorded November 14, 1972, from One More Try: An Anthology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh5TtwGS880

 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 07:20 AM
The One More Try versions are nice but IMHO nothing holds a candle to the Duane and Gregg version on the Dreams Box Set
 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 10:20 AM
Fully agreed -- stark, plain -- just the 3 of them, w/Butch's simple drumbeats, David Brown (bass) & Gregg (acoustic guitar) -- haunting -- spooky -- never knew of it until the Dreams box -- 1of my all-time favorites

the 3-way take from One More Try of the song Win Lose or Draw, w/Gregg, Bonnie Bramlett & Johnny Sandlin is very similar in this way -- stripped down -- beautiful stuff

 

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  posted on 11/23/2013 at 01:40 PM
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Who should sing it? My pick would be Gregg or God. Everyone else falls a bit short.


Nah, Clapton would butcher it :O

 
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