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  posted on 6/5/2017 at 05:40 PM
Been listening to Gregg and the ABB so much in the last week and remembering all the good times and music. I was fortunate enough to have seen the band 83 times and backstage 4 times. In particular I have been listening to Hittin The Note a lot the last few days and forgot how friggin' great this album is. I put it up there as one of their best after At Fillmore East and Eat A Peach. Of course their first 2 are classics to me, but sit and really listen to this album, it's another classic. Desdemona, amazing, Old Before My Time, so appropriate now, Instrumental Illness, wow, High Cost of Low Living, sort of says it all. I could go on and on. Just shows their studio albums were just as great as the live ones. Wish there could have been more, but so happy for everything they ever did. Looking forward to more of the archives that will be released at some point. Their music will NEVER die. They are in my heart and soul forever.

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  posted on 6/5/2017 at 06:46 PM
You speak for many of us bluesky. Cheers!

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  posted on 6/5/2017 at 07:04 PM
Hittin the note was very good and I truly believe a follow up would have been better from these guys.
 

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  posted on 6/5/2017 at 10:32 PM
Absolutely a fantastic album! I'd say it is top 5 of my favorite ABB release for sure!
 

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  posted on 6/5/2017 at 10:37 PM
Glad so many people liked this album. My least favorite song on the album was Desdemona.

However, I loved Desdemona in concert. Derek & Warren would just kill it, as well as the band.

 

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  posted on 6/5/2017 at 11:35 PM
Old Before My Time is right up there as one of the great songs, the recording is superb.
 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 03:25 AM
I love this album.

I remember seeing the Allmans for the first time at the Beacon right after the album came out on 3/20/03.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 07:13 AM
I really enjoy hitting the note, the brothers best album since brothers and sisters. Keeps getting better as time moves along...

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 07:24 AM
A very fine recording of the final incarnation of the band! I really wish that they'd recorded another studio volume with Jack Pearson and Jimmy Herring. To me, it's a shame that there will be no "official" documentation of their years with the Allman Brother's Band. I guess the costs associated with studio time and promotion were restrictive(?).

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 07:37 AM
Add me to the list of fans of this CD.

Funny the opinion of Desdemona above, I actually love the version on the CD, love the sort of 'controlled' mayhem of the guitar solos.

This disc falls under my category of only bringing it out now and again, so as not to over listen and think of it as brand new each time I do listen.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 08:06 AM
In my opinion, Desdemona ranks way up there with anything done by any incarnation of the band. It is my favorite tune on the album. I have a difficult time understanding how anybody doesn't love it. But that's just me.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 08:22 AM
I'm not sure why, but Hittin' the Note didn't jump out at me at first. I think I was still getting used to a world where Dickey Betts wasn't contributing heavily to an Allman Brothers Band album. I loved "Firing Line" and "Desdemona", but hadn't warmed to the rest. It really wasn't until I heard a lot of these tunes live, hearing the new tunes on the Fox Box and how seamlessly they mixed with classic tunes, that put me over. I still don't like "Maydell" and wish they'd done something more with "Heart of Stone", but "Desdemona", "Who To Believe", and "High Cost of Low Living" are high water mark moments for the band. What's crazy to think is when HTN came out, The Derek Trucks Band hadn't yet released an album with Mike Mattison on it. I'm really not surprised the Allmans never released another album of original material because everyone, including Gregg, were more focused creatively in other places.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 09:38 AM
I remember being at the Beacon and kind of bummed that they started into Who to Believe. Then Derek frigging brought the house down and it became one of my favorites. It just goes to show that there is an entry point for different songs.

High Cost solo gets me every time. I could listen to it on repeat (and have).

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 11:06 AM
Loved the album since first listen back in 2003. in constant rotation in my house.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 11:12 AM
It's got a bunch of very strong songs that stayed in the band's repertoire to the end, and even though it wound up being their only studio album after Warren's return, I think it gave the band an important shot of credibility. As far as the album itself: High Cost and Desdemona always stood out to me as the best songs and they really shone in concert. Most of the songs got better in performance, even the ones that weren't stunners. When they added horns to Who to Believe it made a huge difference, the key change in Rockin' Horse created some moments of real beauty, and the Maydell > Manic Depression jams were a lot of fun. I never did understand why Firing Line fell out of the setlist after 2007.

By the way, here's how often the HTN songs were played:

Firing Line - 64 (first March 14 2002, last August 24 2007)
High Cost of Low Living - 86 (first March 17 2001, last October 28 2014)
Desdemona - 158 (first March 15 2001, last October 22 2014)
Woman Across the River - 200 (first March 14 2002, last October 25 2014)
Old Before My Time - 94 (first March 14 2002, last March 15, 2014)
Who to Believe - 61 (first March 16 2001, last March 12 2014)
Maydell - 40 (first March 14 2002, last March 17, 2012)
Rockin' Horse - 245 (first March 15 2001, last October 14 2014)
Heart of Stone - 13 (first April 21 1995, last March 13 2010)
Instrumental Illness - 122 (first March 14 2002, last March 27 2007)
Old Friend - 9 (first March 13 2003, last March 7 2014)

[Edited on 6/6/2017 by Marley]

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 11:56 AM
I've listened to Old Before My Time repeatedly really since the first of the year. What a haunting song. It was the first song I put on when I was by myself just a few hours after getting the Gregg news.

High Cost of Low Living (Derek on the coda!), Desdemona, Old Before My Time and Old Friend rank up there among all-time classic ABB songs. Firing Line is not far behind. I enjoy all the songs depending on my mood.

The production work is excellent. The separation in the instruments is notable. Marc Quiñones shines throughout the album. Wish there had been a follow up.

(fyi High Cost of Low Living debuted at the Beacon March 2001.....3/20/01 I believe).

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 11:57 AM
And I was glad they included High Cost at the final show. The show focused on the first 5 albums, but playing that one was a reminder that they put out good music until their final studio album.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 12:22 PM
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(fyi High Cost of Low Living debuted at the Beacon March 2001.....3/20/01 I believe).

Right you are. That was a typo. I'm realizing now that I saw the first Who to Believe and the last Woman Across the River, Desdemona and Old Friend. I never did see Heart of Stone live.
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And I was glad they included High Cost at the final show. The show focused on the first 5 albums, but playing that one was a reminder that they put out good music until their final studio album.

I was, too. I was pleasantly surprised that was the last HTN song they played and not Desdemona.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 01:00 PM
Some may have seen this list already but figured I'd post again

They've got HTN @ #8

Way too far down the list, imo --- It's #3 or #4 at the lowest for me.

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/allman-brothers-band-albums-ranked/#photogal lery-1=7

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 01:07 PM
Maydell sounds like it could have come from the first 2 studio albums. has that original 6 flavor to it.
 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 02:12 PM
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fyi High Cost of Low Living debuted at the Beacon March 2001.....3/20/01 I believe


I'm actually a little surprised to learn that "High Cost" and "Desdemona" debuted in March 2001. Wasn't that Beacon run just to test the waters, with Warren as "Special Guest"? I didn't realize Gregg and Warren were already writing together again.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 02:42 PM
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Some may have seen this list already but figured I'd post again

They've got HTN @ #8

Way too far down the list, imo --- It's #3 or #4 at the lowest for me.

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/allman-brothers-band-albums-ranked/#photogal lery-1=7



the same people also rank Ramblin Man as #1.
Way too high on the list

 

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fyi High Cost of Low Living debuted at the Beacon March 2001.....3/20/01 I believe


I'm actually a little surprised to learn that "High Cost" and "Desdemona" debuted in March 2001. Wasn't that Beacon run just to test the waters, with Warren as "Special Guest"? I didn't realize Gregg and Warren were already writing together again.

Looking back on it I guess all the speculation about what Warren was going to do was a little silly. Yes, he was billed as a special guest and officially he wasn't committing. And yes, it's hard to figure out what the ABB would've done without another guitar player who could write and sing. But as long as the guys weren't at each other's throats the way they were at the end of the Warren/Woody years, of course he was going to stick around even if the scheduling was going to get complicated.

Now that it doesn't matter so much I guess it's also worth pointing out that a bunch of the stuff on HTN was old material: Maydell must've been written for Seven Turns or shortly after it, Heart of Stone was a cover the ABB did a few times in the '90s, Rockin' Horse was left off of Where It All Begins, High Cost of Low Living was mostly written by some friends of Warren's, and Who to Believe and Old Friend were both released by other artists in the mid-90s (Warren co-wrote both). The performances matter much more, but the way fans were so excited by the fact that the ABB was coming up with new material at all shows you how much the fans wanted them to create anything new at all in those days. Once they finally got it together and got in the studio they did a hell of a job.

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 03:40 PM
Anyone else remain confused by the image on the cover of the HTN album?

The longer I look at it, the weirder it is... in a cool way

 

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  posted on 6/6/2017 at 03:47 PM
Hearing new songs - original or cover tunes at The Beacon always generated excitement . The Beacon run prior to the release of Back Where it all Begins was just incredible .
 
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