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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 03:19 PM
My vote goes to Melissa which while a very nice song just goes absolutely no where for me and I kind of cringe as soon as I see Gregg strap on the guitar.There are a few runners up for me one being Into the mystic which I loved On the Moondance album but somehow dislike with the Allman Brothers!
 
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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 03:24 PM
I feel the same way about the Midnight Rider, loved the song as a kid, now it's just too played out...

 

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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 03:30 PM
In the OD department (Over Done) - along with Melissa, I'd have to add Southbound. In addition to being overplayed, they tend to bring out (sometimes just overload the stage with) guests. Even though it's a simple tune to play, it gets bogged down (with guests) to the point where I just wish they had played one more (other) song as a band and skipped Southbound (when it's the encore).

In the Just Because You Can Don't Mean You Should department (i.e. : covers) Dazed and Confused. The Van Morrison stuff doesn't bother me near as much as this Zepplin tune which (for me) is the turd in the punchbowl.

I know several of y'all love Dazed and Confused, this is me speaking to my tastes and preferences.

[Edited on 8/10/2014 by Rusty]

 

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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 03:33 PM
100% Melissa. It kills any momentum a show has. Just awful in my opinion.
 

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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 04:20 PM
"Statesboro Blues"

They should have just handed 100% of the slide duties to Derek on this one.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 04:54 PM
I don't like the new arrangements for Please don't keep me wondering and revival...Melissa is a great studio tune...never comes off good live....sorry....

The dead jam they do now at the end of revival is just that...a meaningless dead jam. Then when they took the hair raising slide solo out of the middle of PDKMW so warren could solo on the tune it took a huge nose dive for me....all the energy gets sucked right out of it....that slide solo in the middle was just right for a "song"

it seems like this version of the band isn't happy unless both player get a solo in every song.....yawn....sometimes a song can be just that....just a song.....PDKMW was that a great song...now it's just another jam....like revival....just another jam.....like they don't have enough songs to jam on....



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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 04:56 PM
Melissa, no doubt.

I also agree with BIGV regarding Statesboro, the extended Revival jam gets pretty awful at times as well.

Sometimes, (Black Hearted Woman or No One to Run With), it works, sometimes (Revival), it doesn't.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 05:15 PM
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In the Just Because You Can Don't Mean You Should department


A lot of the brother's 4-5 minute songs, sound good as, 4-5 minute songs.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 06:02 PM
'Woman Across the River' drove me nuts after hearing it sooo much live

after that I'm cool

 

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  posted on 8/10/2014 at 06:23 PM
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'Woman Across the River' drove me nuts after hearing it sooo much live

after that I'm cool





This and rocking horse

 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 08:18 AM
Melissa - yawn....
 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 08:22 AM
I agree....

Rockin Horse
Woman Across The River

 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 04:09 PM
I personally love Rockin Horse both as ABB and Mule tunes, I know I'm in the minority with that but hey, just my taste. Rockin Horse was as "heavy" as I think the ABB needed to get so Dazed and Confused didn't do it for me. I'm on the same page with most of you on Midnight Rider, great studio tune but just kinda seems like the obligatory casual fan pleaser in the live set. Also agree with Southbound being beaten into the ground, I've heard some good sit ins but also some memorably bad ones.
 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 05:25 PM
Woman Across The River is definitely on my list. To paraphrase Casablanca, of all the songs by all the artists in all the world, they had to play that one?

In terms of original ABB tunes, Old Before My Time is the winner. Great song, and I think the studio version on Hittin' the Note is excellent. It's just not a song that should ever be played at a live rock concert, under any circumstances.

If you think Melissa sucks the energy out of an ABB show, you must have never seen them play Old Before My Time!

I love Rocking Horse, the arrangement the ABB have been playing features some of the most creative and original music the current lineup ever created. Both the "funky intro" section and Derek's "Caribbean" section are outstanding.

It's a shame that music gets buried in a song that many people hate for some reason. I think a lot of the people who hate Rocking Horse would enjoy those 2 pieces of music if they weren't attached to Rocking Horse.

 
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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 05:33 PM
I'm tired of Melissa, but Warren's outro always makes me smile.
I guess I'm also a bit tired of Midnight Rider

In general, there is something for me to like in every song they play - I even like the Van Morrison covers

Count me in as someone who loves hearing Rocking Horse

 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 06:15 PM
JaBuMa

 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 06:29 PM
I agree with the majority here:

Melissa - no
Rocking Horse - yes

 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 06:31 PM
one has to be Southbound,just never cared for that live
and I'll probably get hassled for this one,,being a Band fan never cared for how they played "The Weight" just slowed it down to much for me....jmo

 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 07:06 PM
-Melissa (If I ever hear a drunk voice behind me croaking out "sweet Melissa" it will be too soon)
-Statesboro Blues (played out by 1971)
-Southbound (too many guests)
-One Way Out (played out by 1974)
-Midnight Rider (classic rock dreck)
-Soulshine (definitely the worst lyrics)
-"Drum Solo Song" (was never cool)
-Good Clean Fun (pure cheesefest)

 

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 07:44 PM
I am not a JaBuMa fan either and am never all that excited for Dusk Till Dawn.

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  posted on 8/11/2014 at 08:43 PM
74Jer is right on the money about Good Clean Fun. I almost forgot about that one. Luckily I haven't seen it live in a long time, but I used to complain about it bitterly back when it was in heavy rotation.

Good Clean Fun is an awful song and represents the worst corner of the Venn diagram that constitutes ABB music. Cheesefest is an accurate description of the lyrics, and it has the most pedestrian beat and generic music of any Allmans song I know.

 
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  posted on 8/12/2014 at 05:21 AM
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one has to be Southbound,just never cared for that live


Imho, Southbound is one of a couple of songs that should not be played w/o the "rollicking" or barrel-house type of piano. To me it is similar to Jessica in that respect, it is the piano that defines or supplies the balance that is the beauty of that cut. Minus the keys, just not the same.

"Soulshine" is the other song that killed it for me.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2014 at 05:26 AM
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Good Clean Fun is an awful song and represents the worst corner of the Venn diagram that constitutes ABB music. Cheesefest is an accurate description of the lyrics, and it has the most pedestrian beat and generic music of any Allmans song I know.


I would add "Angeline", "Blind Love" & "Louisiana Lou"

"Blind love, blind love,
It oughta be a crime,
For lovin' you the way I do.
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  posted on 8/12/2014 at 05:37 PM
I'm in shock that no one here has mentioned One Way Out. DAMN, am I ever sick of that song. Wanna know what makes me even more sick of OWO? Every damn club cover band that chooses to do one ABB tune, with rare exception, chooses One Way Out. Even Gregg's son Devon does it with RSB!

 

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  posted on 8/12/2014 at 07:05 PM
Maybe there should be 2 categories: 1, songs that sound great live, but tired of hearing. 2, songs that don't translate well live and bore you at a show.

For songs that sound great live, but tired of hearing: Midnight Rider of course, Melissa, Southbound, Statesboro (only b/c the band themselves are so tired of it, they don't seem inspired).

Songs that bore me: Guilded Splinters, Leave My Blues At Home, Every Hungry Woman, Black Hearted Woman, Hot Lanta, No One To Run With, Revival.

As for Woman Across The River and Rocking Horse, I LOVE hearing them live....not for the verses and chorus, but because they always structure it in a way that results in an excellent jam that peaks at a very high level.

 
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