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  posted on 6/12/2002 at 06:01 PM
What a erie song for Duane to sing.I like it though.My q is what guitar did he play on that song?I am pretty sure i here my old Twin 'verb crankin behind it but as for the sixer???It sounds like a Gibby to me but then it dont?
Was it early '69?Maybe a Gib hollow body?I dont here single coils.
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  posted on 6/14/2002 at 10:22 PM
My guess is the Tele for some reason. That was recorded in Muscle Shoals.

Now that I think about the tone, it could have been a 335 or something...[Edited on 6/15/2002 by Goliath]

 

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  posted on 6/15/2002 at 07:54 AM
Thanks for the reply.I dont hear a Tele either.You can here him switch pickups on a certain part.I dont here Les Paul either so yeah maybe a semi-hollow Gibby.

 

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  posted on 6/15/2002 at 09:03 AM
Also some kind of processing inbetween the guitar and amp. Maybe that is sort of hiding the tele tone, if it is a tele...Just going on memory of the sound, not actually listening to the cut. Definitely a Fender Twin.

 

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  posted on 6/17/2002 at 12:55 PM
Ever heard howling Wolf's version of this song. In Duane's version, the narrator is the epitomy of pathos. He is dying, and there is no hope for recovery. Howling Wolf's song is more of a celebration of the artist's life. The lyrics are the same, but the manner in which Howling Wolf sings the song as well as the rap at the beginning of it, change the tone of the song sufficiently to influence the meaning. At the beginning of the tune Wolf says:
Man... you know I done enjoyed things that Kings and Queens will never have...and they don't even know about.
And good times...whewwww **** .
Then it breaks into the song: "I have had my fun...."

Half way through the tune he says:
Now look a here. I did not say that I was a millionaire. But I said I have made more money than a millionaire. Because if I had kept all the money that I have already spent, I'd have been a millionaire a long time ago. And women...lord, good looking red women.

Once again:

"Please write my mother/And tell her the shape I'm in"

Wolf's version is still blood curling blues, but it's a blues song that tells the end of an artist's fruitful life. Duane's is a hundred times more chilling. The "I have had my fun" is delivered in low tones. In Duane's version the narrator has had all the fun he is ever going to have and the implication is that this was not enough. This theme is compounded by Duane's premature death.
In Howling Wolf, one gets the feeling that the narrator has had such a fun and fruitful life that he can laugh in the face of death.

 
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  posted on 6/18/2002 at 12:01 AM
In the Howlin Wolf version of Goin Down Slow ,the spoken words are by Willie Dixon.I sing that song 3 or 4 nights a week ,and I read that in a article in a music magazine about 20 years ago .It's a cool version that Duane sings and probably why I sing it.He was the finest musician that I ever met.

 

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  posted on 6/18/2002 at 12:54 AM
johnhack, I can see by your number of posts that you're either new here, or you've been lurking. Either way, Welcome! OK, you said you met Duane. I didn't. Let's hear the details.

 

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  posted on 6/18/2002 at 12:13 PM
I agree with NV. You can't make a comment like that without further explanation. Apparently you're a blues singer. Under what circumstances did you meet Duane Allman. What's the name of your band? Also, thanks for the tidbit about Willie Dixon. I had no idea. Is there any special reason why he does the spoken comments? When you sing the song do you do Wolf or Duane's version?
 
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  posted on 7/22/2002 at 11:58 PM
OK In 1969 I was hitchiking to california but only got as far as St.Louis.Two of my friends and I went to hear some music in a funky part of town called Gaslight Square.We were listening to a older black guitarist when Duane and two other members of Hourglass walked in.Duane sat in with the guitar player.After they jammed for awhile they took a smoke break ,which I was lucky enough to join.Igot to meet Duane and play his acoustic.For me,Duane Allman changed my life that night.I had played guitar and bass about five years at that time. Right now Iam a full time musician playing in 5 different bands here in Southwest Ohio. LOVE IS EVERYWHERE!!!!
 

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  posted on 7/23/2002 at 12:14 AM
Almost forgot.I sing it like Duane.Several bands I play with: Dick and Roadmasters,KikoRio, Hoosier Daddy , The Swamp Rhinos ,Robyn Smiley and Saphyre Bluz.The last band is newly formed; first gig is in sept For all you Cincinnati area blues fans Dick and the Roadmasters are opening for Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets on Aug.1 at the Cincinnati Blues Fest at 6:00 pm.
 

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  posted on 7/23/2002 at 08:17 AM
On my previous post the year was 1968.It was a typo.
 

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  posted on 7/23/2002 at 06:12 PM
How cool was it to meet DA?Was he different or just another guy to you?He seems so cool and different.

I only know of one person in my life was has this "persona" or what ever they speak of and he died at 23 years old

Just wondered as to how DA came off to you.

 

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  posted on 7/24/2002 at 10:42 AM
Thanks for the reply, John. If your band ever runs through the Southeast, pay us the courtesy of posting your tour schedule. I'm always in the mood to hear a good blues band, especially if you play "Goin' Down Slow" five nights a week.
 
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  posted on 7/25/2002 at 08:23 AM
Duane was friendly ,intense, no bull.... type of person.He encouraged me to keep working on my guitar playing and to share my music with everybody.Still miss him.His music gets played here at my house every day! This forum is the best. So is the this website!!
 
 


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