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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 11:16 AM
Looking for some reccomendations as I have a little cash to spend on Instant Lives. Thanks!
 
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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 11:20 AM
One for sure is 3/26/09. 40th anniversary show. Second Clapton night also great... those are the easy ones off the top of my head.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 11:24 AM
I say start with The Fox Box, it's pretty definitive, and pick up some 2009 Beacon shows. Two of my favorites are 3/14/2009 and 3/23/2009. Honorable mention for 8/10/03.

I know you said "Warren/Derek years", but the Derek & Jack Pearson show (sans Warren) from Clarkston, MI is a whole other beast.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 11:35 AM
Another vote for 3/26/09. One of my all time favorite concert experiences.
 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 11:37 AM
By all means, throw in some with sit ins from Jack Pearson. Thank you for the Clarkston suggestion!
 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 11:58 AM
I tend to be partial toward ABB shows where Chuck sat in or played for a good bit of time. I'll admit I'm biased but it does seem we get a well balanced show in those cases and the fun factor increases. My favorites:

3/21/05 - The night before the Big House benefit show at the Beacon. Amazing setlist and Chuck added a lot (Jessica, Blue Sky, Desdemona and more).

9/25/04 - Fox Theatre

9/28/04 - XM "Then Again Live" performance of Eat a Peach

3/20/09 - Clapton plays final hour with the Brothers. 3/19 is a very close to this one as well.

3/25/01 - The Brothers were for real, post Dickey: Loads of Chuck Leavell at the Beacon including on a new tune called Desdemona + Mountain Jam, Jessica, short Little Martha (Oteil-Butch-Chuck during MJ), I've Been Loving You Too Long (with Horns) and others. Also first time I heard them play High Cost of Low Living and you knew these guys had some great new material in them. I left both relieved and optimistic.

Loads of honorable mentions from me including a great Labor Day 2013 celebration in Atlanta.

(Edit - updated the Saturday night Fox year).





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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 12:49 PM
for something different, there was the Warren-less show in Philly, July 23, 2005

where Derek was the sole guitar player and Ron Holloway sat in the whole show on sax

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 12:53 PM
oh, and Aug 23, 2008 Camden, NJ

Gregg counts off, the band goes into 'Done Somebody Wrong' but Derek plays 'Statesboro' intro
pretty funny

Also, there is Warren, Derek and Bob Weir by themselves on acoustic doing "I Shall Be Released"

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 01:06 PM
The second Clapton show for sure is up there.
Not good on dates The show Chuck Leavell played was awessome too.
John Scofield sat in on a show that was also amazing.
The Dr John show too was pretty cool.
The Billy Gibbons show was cool after the lights came on the band all had beards on then Warren announced Billy Gibbons
Being NY the place went nuts when Bernie Williams came out and played some guitar.
Plus the many shows with the Juke Horns special stuff
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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 01:07 PM
Fox box...although the dreams/Mt. Jam with Jack is the highlight of the box.But real swinging Brothers throughout this set...well worth having.

All of 06 @ Beacon but particularly 3/13/06.

07 was an outstanding year at the beacon.

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 01:10 PM
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The second Clapton show for sure is up there.
Not good on dates The show Chuck Leavell played was awessome too.
John Scofield sat in on a show that was also amazing.
The Dr John show too was pretty cool.
The Billy Gibbons show was cool after the lights came on the band all had beards on then Warren announced Billy Gibbons
Being NY the place went nuts when Bernie Williams came out and played some guitar.
Plus the many shows with the Juke Horns special stuff
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I will second the Dr John show, Beacon 2011 closing night.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 01:39 PM
Two I highly recommend one of which I attended and one I wish I did. Starting with the one I wish I did.
3/20/09 Clapton which I did not attend. Chose this over the other Clapton show based on Youtube videos of Key To The Highway. The version of Liz Reed on this is perhaps my all time favorite live version of any ABB song.
3/20/10 this was the year the run was moved to the United Palace Theater. I was at this one and song for song this was the best I have heard. It was the last show of the run and the band seemed to have something to prove. The first 5 songs were worth twice the cost of admission (dont want you no more, cross to bear, statesboro blues, stand back, woman across the river). Great versions of many songs including Bill Evans playing sax on Dreams and Liz Reed. Depending on my mood I could rank this even with or higher than claptons Liz Reed. Best version of You Dont Love Me (encore) that I have ever heard. Cant go wrong with either show.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 01:43 PM
Another great one with Chuck Leavell was 2007 New Orleans Jazz Fest.
 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 01:49 PM
Beacon 3/14/09

In a Silent Way > IMOER

Stanley Clark came out did a short bass solo during the drums break

Randy Brecker on trumpet to boot

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 02:02 PM
3/13/06: 35th Anniversary of the recording of the Live at Fillmore East album
8/20/05: Lots of Chuck in this one at Tweeter Center in Mansfield MA
8/24/04: Jones Beach, the last few songs of the night were off the charts and kept getting better:
13. Black Hearted Woman
14. Mountain Jam
15. Afro Blue
16. Mountain Jam
17. Whipping Post
Encore
18. Layla

I agree with Lonomon about the 7/23/05 show in Philly.

Since I was in the second row (sitting behind Roger Waters in the first) in front of Clapton for his second night, that was VERY memorablI will have to think about a fifth.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 02:29 PM
Warren and Derek were on fire 8/7/12 in Boston. I was there and was blown away (kind of hard to do after seeing so many great shows), but this site also called it the best show of the year (at least.)


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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 02:54 PM
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Beacon 3/14/09

In a Silent Way > IMOER

Stanley Clark came out did a short bass solo during the drums break

Randy Brecker on trumpet to boot



2009 was an incredible year; I was at the 2nd Clapton Show and 3/26 but the 3/14 show may have been the best of them all.

My wife wouldn't let me cancel our plans; and I was moping in a restaurant down the block from where Clarke was playing. Got home in time to Moogis that part of the show. It was unreal

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 02:59 PM
3.26.09
3.20.09
3.19.14
3.22.14
3.29.14

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 03:03 PM
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Warren and Derek were on fire 8/7/12 in Boston. I was there and was blown away (kind of hard to do after seeing so many great shows), but this site also called it the best show of the year (at least.)


[Edited on 22//1/14 by jdorman60]


Both of those boston shows were great.

I don't know if it tops any of the 09 Beacon shows mentioned, but my favorite attended was 3-08-13
Hot show from start to finish
!st set ended with a great Hot Lanta>Watchtower>Hot Lanta (Jay Collins on sax)
2nd set Blue Sky, Dreams (killer version), 1983/Merman > Mtn Jam (with In a Silent Way jam) >1983>Mtn Jam, WP encore

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 03:28 PM
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Beacon 3/14/09

In a Silent Way > IMOER

Stanley Clark came out did a short bass solo during the drums break

Randy Brecker on trumpet to boot

I was at this show also & I've said ever since then, that that segment is some of the Best Jazz I've ever seen!

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 03:55 PM
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Two I highly recommend one of which I attended and one I wish I did. Starting with the one I wish I did.
3/20/09 Clapton which I did not attend. Chose this over the other Clapton show based on Youtube videos of Key To The Highway. The version of Liz Reed on this is perhaps my all time favorite live version of any ABB song.
3/20/10 this was the year the run was moved to the United Palace Theater. I was at this one and song for song this was the best I have heard. It was the last show of the run and the band seemed to have something to prove. The first 5 songs were worth twice the cost of admission (dont want you no more, cross to bear, statesboro blues, stand back, woman across the river). Great versions of many songs including Bill Evans playing sax on Dreams and Liz Reed. Depending on my mood I could rank this even with or higher than claptons Liz Reed. Best version of You Dont Love Me (encore) that I have ever heard. Cant go wrong with either show.



.... just a point the 2nd nite 3/20 show with Clapton was outrageous.... The Liz Reed brings tears to my eyes . along with extra volume.....one of the best versions of that tune... ever!!! and yes I was there that nite luck of the draw.............and the Fillmore show 40th ann, at Beacon was pretty damn good too..

 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 04:16 PM
Thanks for these excellent suggestions!
 

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  posted on 1/22/2014 at 08:12 PM
As you have already seen, 2009 is going to dominate the suggestions, and with good reason.

Besides the solid recommendations already given, I find 10/4/09 Charlotte to be my favorite Derek/Warren show, period. No special guests, nothing spectacular about the setlist, but the very best playing the current lineup has ever sustained for an entire show.

The 3/23/09 Beacon show is another very, very strong one from the same Beacon run that others have already recommended several shows from. This show has my favorite versions of Desdemona and Bag End, a great R+B segment with former members of King Curtis' band, and Jimmy Herring on Les Brers. I play it as much or more than any other Beacon 2009 show, even the Clapton ones.

I was at the 5/5/07 Jazz Fest show, and it stands out to me as a high point of the 2006-2008 timeframe. I consider that to be a down period between the twin peaks of 2004-2005 and 2009, but this was a very strong show with a great Chuck Leavell guest appearance on Jessica and The Weight and lots of highlights.

7/24/05 Saratoga is probably my favorite 2005 show, but others have mentioned the night before it, 7/23/05. That is how good the band was playing in 2005, they had two shows back to back that can seriously be considered among the best of the past decade. 7/24/05 has a really strong Egypt, a Layla encore and maybe my favorite live version of High Cost Of Low Living.

I will give my last slot to 9/1/04 Chicago. The Fox shows were mere weeks later and reflect the same peak, but I like 9/1/04 more than any individual Fox show. A great jam interlude before Come On In My Kitchen is just one example of the loose, jammy feel of this overlooked show.

 
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  posted on 1/23/2014 at 02:41 AM
3/14/03 - I wasn't at the show but I can imagine how awesome it was to hear the band rip into Layla for the first time after Butch came out to introduce the song. I've heard the tapes and the crowd went WILD.


8/8/03 - Susan Tedeschi came out for a great Don't Think Twice, It's Alright. Later on Vaylor Trucks came out for Southbound. The real highlight was the encore. During the middle of Mountain Jam when the band went into a Blue Sky Jam and Warren and Derek teased the Blue Sky solos/licks. Then they played Layla.


3/19/04 - They debuted Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad and brought back Franklins Tower.


9/24/04 - Opened with Les Brers in A Minor. Went on to play The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad, Blue Sky (for the first time in years), and Layla.


I remember 2004 being especially crazy because Derek started using those massive Super 6 amps and almost every solo was explosive.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2014 at 11:46 AM
I'm gonna have to recommend one only: 8/11/12. Hands down the most FEROSIOUS playing I've ever heard from any tandem. And I'm not talking peaks and valleys those 2 were in each others minds stepping in and out of each others solos. There was more than a little talk on this board about "maybe THE best Ever". (I know heresay; sacrilege...bla blah) Seriously go back and check thru the archives for the First annual Peachfest. Well it wasn't me saying it. But I will say this. I am a Warren fan. Been bummed more than once to catch the Derek night instead. This night i seen the light.
I will also say this is one af the best sounding SBD's I have only 12 so YMMV.

 
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