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  posted on 11/8/2004 at 01:23 PM
Been listening to some 1991, 1992 and 1993 (before Dickey left that summer) shows lately and they are fantastic - Dickey, especially was playing with a hard blues edge but retaining his signature licks. Also tunes like Low Down Dirty Mean, Gambler's Roll and End of the Line had scorching vocals from Gregg.

Shows from 1994 - 1996 have always been my favorite live shows because of new songs like BWIAB, NOTRW, Soulshine and re-emregence of Seven Turns.

It occurred to me that the 1991-1993 shows have stronger vocals from Gregg because 1994-1996 he was in real rough shape. I guess 1991-1993 is a more complete ABB but those 1994 -1996 shows had some amazing guitar interplay , spacier and more explatory.

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  posted on 11/8/2004 at 01:34 PM
Hmmmmmmmm. I'll leave the thoughts up to the Brothers and Sisters on this topic. I wanted to add: On The CMT Country channel they did the 'top 50 road songs' and there were some heavy hitters from the past with good 'travlin'' music , Merle Haggard, Waylon, Hank Sr., Johnny Cash etc. And I was surprised The ABB made #3 for 'Ramblin' Man, and they showed the video of Dickey singing next to Gregg where DT now stands and it hit me as strange seeing them on that Country Chart! But it made sense and complimented them as Roger Miller was 2nd with 'King of The Road' and Willie topped the chart with "On The Road Again". That might have been in the time period you described. Peace

 

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  posted on 11/8/2004 at 01:59 PM
The Live at Great Woods DVD was awesome, in my opinion. Dickey was in top form. Warren was nothing short of spectacular, also. They didn't show enough of Woody though, only an occasional glimpse. Dickey and Gregg high fived each other at the end of the show. That was pretty touching.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2004 at 06:48 PM
The 93 spring and early summer run was some of the best music this band has ever done!
They were just starting to play a few cuts off of BWIAB.They were playing anywhere from 18/22 songs a night with seven or eight being acoustic, and Little Martha every night as the last song of acoustic set. Gregg sang 'Change My Way Of Living' and BWIAB was 20 miuntes long with a drum solo in the middle. More than any of that though,it was ovious that Gregg and Dickey were really enjoying playing with each other. And it showed in the music.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2004 at 11:48 PM
Hmm, that's a tough one. I agree with both! hee hee. Well, I agree that Gregg's singing was definitely stronger (when he was sobre) in the 91-93 era. Plus the setlists were very cool. But some of the newer music (94-96) like BWIAB & Soulshine, are just absolute classics AND I believe that they really hit their highest peaks during that 94-95 era, which both Warren & Woody had also admitted to. Although, maybe those peaks were actual musical peaks rather than complete show peaks. - Although I pretty much feel that from the day Marc joined to the day Warren & Woody left was one really hot period with lots of intensity!
 

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  posted on 11/8/2004 at 11:52 PM
By the way... Cool subject!
 

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 02:39 AM
During several late night smoke sessions, my friends & I have had this same discussion many times. We never could come to a definite answer...it's kind of like picking your favorite between your two children.

I love them all the same!

 

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 09:06 AM
i say thank the gods they are different, it shows off the band's diversity and evolution. My favorite years are '71, '90, '96 and '03. It's nice to go to differnt eras and pull out some discs from the differnt years, many have a different feel, like going from summer '91 show with that strong blues with fiery guitar solos to the summer of '96 with the sweet groovin' jams like True Gravity. It's also fun to see how songs have changed through the years like Jessica, One Way Out and Hoochie Coochie Man. I think the band has really turned a major corner during '03/'04 tours, and excited to see what new is comin' around the bend.
BTW how did PauliG (above) get two posts in at the same #447
i demand a recount!!!

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 11:28 AM
Good comparison to trying to choose amongst 2 children. If I had my druthers, I'd prefer to listen to 91-93. There was more of a renewed energy going on, probably due to the recent reunion and the amount of new material they were developing.
 

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 04:53 PM
Ahh an era wen warren was actually good.

I gotta pick 94-96 cuz dick was back to his normal tone.

I heard some 91 show and dickeys playing a prs and i dont really like the tone. a lil too strat like. it sounds as if he was using his es-335 and les paul around 94 and 96. at least thats wat i hear on first and second set.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 05:08 PM
FYI - First set was culled from 1991 - 1992 shows, I think.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 05:48 PM
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I heard some 91 show and dickeys playing a prs and i dont really like the tone. a lil too strat like. it sounds as if he was using his es-335 and les paul around 94 and 96. at least thats wat i hear on first and second set.


Your chronology and Dickeys guitars of choice during those years are a little off...

- Dickey did not start playing a PRS until early 1994 if I remember corectly. He is clearly playing one on the Woodstock '94 video that I taped back in the summer of 1994.
- "An Evening With...First Set" was from shows in 1991 not 1994 - that would be 2nd set. The PRS Dickey was using still had Seymour Duncan humbucker pickups in them and normally would not be associated with Strat tones as you pointed out. Dickey began playing a PRS at the time because he was pissed off at Gibson for a while for a lack of response on some guitar servicing issues. He since has patched things up with Gibson and now he actually endorses his own Les Paul model from Gibson guitars.

Which era do I prefer?...Tough to say. I think the band a a whole sounded better in 1995-1996 but I think Dickeys playing was better form 1991-1994. He was more agressive and really attacked the fretboard. He seemed to mellow out a bit a few years later. Of course this is really subjective - both eras being talked about are very good obviously.

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 06:19 PM
I would kind of go with 92-93 or so as the best of the "Warren years" myself. Theyr were energized, etc., it was a new beginning of sorts.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 06:28 PM
Eddie you're right about PRS & 94. 96 (at least when I saw them Dickey was playing a 335.

It is a tough call. The early 90s shows have a little harder edge to them but I think there was a little more jamming in the 94-96 shows. I can think of a couple shows that really stand out in 94 - 96 era.

Personally I've been getting into the 73 shows lately. The interplay between Dickey & Chuck is amazing. But that's a different topic

 

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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 06:54 PM
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Eddie you're right about PRS & '94. In '96 at least when I saw them, Dickey was playing a 335.


Yup, he was playing an ES-335 for a bit in 1995 -'96. I don't think he ever felt entirely comfortable with a BIG hollow body though. He seemed to fighting that guitar quite a bit and it would feed back an awful lot from the loud volume levels at the time.

 
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  posted on 11/9/2004 at 06:59 PM
Being that Woodstock '94 was the first time seeing the ABB for me, this show holds a VERY special place in my heart, although in retrospect, the set was WAY too damn short for one of the better bands playing (same for CSN and Traffic). Be that as it may, though, the early 90's shows are about where it's at for me, except for the VERY early 70's.
 
 


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