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  posted on 3/7/2002 at 11:40 PM
I've been thinking a lot lately about what the ABB can do to get some more commercial success, sell more records, sell out concerts. I think it's great the new record is coming out, however as great as songs like Desdemona and the others are, they are too long for commercial radio play. So I thought, why don't they put out a record of blues covers to coincide with the original release. I think new blues covers are overdue, certainly have been discussed here plenty of times. Pick some great songs and package it as "ABB Plays the Blues" (or something along those lines). I'm certain those songs will get airplay and commercial recognition. For us, it's win - win, because now there's even more new music in the mix in concert. What do you think??? What covers would you want to hear??? Loan Me a Dime w/Jimmy would be nice.
 
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  posted on 3/8/2002 at 03:10 AM
hey sheep,
i don't think the allman brothers need to make their tunes radio friendly. they'd become sell-outs if they were to make an album just for the masses.
c'mon, have you been to an allman brothers concert in the last year? they've been packed. who cares if they sell out a venue. i would definetly say that they get a great amount of people to come to their show. and i like the fact that i can actually move inside the venue,
if they want to be like santana, let 'em sell out. (not that i dislike santana, but after supernatural came out, i haven't even cared for him. that was just poor. he put in an incredible amount of effort just to get airplay. what he got was a matchbox 20's following of Rob what's-his-face singing that poor tune Smooth. thanks, but no thanks. if the allmans were to come to that, i'd be quite disappointed.)
the allman brothers need to keep doing what they have been doing. who gives a crap about airplay. people, regardless of what they hear on the radio, are gonna come out and see the brothers.
screw the radio. i say if people can't acknowledge the fact the allman's are a kickass band, then i'll see 'em at the next matchbox 20 show.
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  posted on 3/8/2002 at 03:13 AM
hey sheep,
no offense man, i just needed to state my opinion on that one.
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  posted on 3/8/2002 at 05:47 AM
Definitely cant see ABB becoming mainstream. They have a solid fan base and commercializing their product would 1)alienate a number of serious longtime fans, and 2)maybe attract a few new fans who would judge them solely on how many cds they sold and would drop them in an instant for the next one hit wonder to come along.
Bands like ABB, Mule, Phil & Friends fill a need for fans who appreciate music that takes chances and changes a bit from show to show.

 
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  posted on 3/8/2002 at 12:47 PM
I'm not at all talking about selling out. A record of great blues covers would certainly not be a sell out. There has been continuing dialog on the GB over the last few years about what blues covers we'd like to hear. In a perfect world, all jambands should thrive. I've been seeing the Brothers since 1972 and have seen a lot of their success. However, I've also been frustrated over the last few years that they keep bypassing the west coast (with the exception of this year) and when they have played here, the venues have only been half full. Unfortunately, it's a business and though the fan base is still releatively high, things can be done to improve that, without compromising any integrity. So I came up with this idea. Desdemona and High Cost and Who to Believe are great songs but they won't be played on the radio, which helps promote a new record and get more people to the shows. IMO, Statesboro, TNM, OWO are great tunes, but how many times have they been played. Why not bring new blues covers in and inject some fresh energy into that music. There is no shortage of tunes to pick and Warren & Derek will do them justice, not to mention the rest of the band. These are not hit songs, or any type of cheesy pop. These are blues covers played with grit and integrity. A record would get radio play and it would bring appeal to the band and heighten the appeal of the original songs. THIS IS OF COURSE, JUST MY OPINION.
 

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  posted on 3/8/2002 at 01:07 PM
Sheep, anyone who had the privilege of being at the Chicago Theater on 8-8-2001 and saw the ABB perform "The Sky Is Crying" for only the second time EVER would wholeheatedly agree with you.
 

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  posted on 3/8/2002 at 02:37 PM
Interesting idea, the Brothers doing an album of blues covers. I hear what you're saying Sheep, they tried going the commercial route in the early 80s though and it didn't work out.
I like the blues ones they've covered, especially the slow blues ones like Stormy, Outskirts, Jelly Jelly, Need Your Love So Bad etc., as well as Statesboro, DSWrong, You Don't Love Me, OWO, Trouble NM, Can't Lse What You Never Had etc.
Great comments on this thread, and it will be very interesting to see what the boys come up with in their first record w/out Dickey. They're even doing an instrumental; I think the album will be tremendous.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 12:34 PM
Hey sheep, sorry if it sounded like I was suggesting the Allmans "sell out" in order to become more successful. I know that was not your intention. I agree that they have done some awesome covers in the past, and I expect they will do more at some point. I just dont know that a full album of covers is a good idea. Who knows? It may work. If anyone could pull off something like that it is definitely ABB!
 
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  posted on 3/9/2002 at 06:29 PM
Sheep:
I think it's an interesting idea, but since the ABB has always done so many blues numbers, I'm not sure it would attract the kind of attention you're hoping it would. Nonetheless, it would be cool, and I do have a suggestion.
I've been listening to some New School of Gov't Mule shows that I haven't checked out in a while. And they do a version of Robert Johnson's 32-20 Blues, and as soon as I heard the opening riff, I thought "this would be perfect at the Beacon!"
The lick a feel similar to The Same Thing or Before the Bullets Fly. I know Warren likes to keep the music in his bands separate -- he doesn't play many Mule tunes with Phil, or many Phil tunes with the ABB, etc. -- but it sounds good to me anyway. Peace. --Marley

 

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  posted on 3/16/2002 at 11:55 AM
The problem is, that as a fan, that's not what I want from the ABB. Whenever a band makes a move to become more commercial, even if they're not really selling out, they isolate a lot of their longtime fans. I think the band should do what they do best. I want to buy a new ABB record of new long original songs. And I know I'm not alone. Not to mention, in this day and age to make any kind of record really take off, you need the support (advertising dollars) of a major record label. And to be honest, the band is never going to get that again. And at this point I'm pretty sure they don't want to deal with that kind of headache anymore. Just my opinion. . .

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  posted on 3/17/2002 at 12:52 PM
The state of radio is so bad now, I'm not sure The Brothers would get airplay at all ... I think the secret to radio exposure these daze, is to go the route Santana went, and duet w/ some of the new and popular artists ... That being said, is there anybody out there you can see fronting The Brothers on a duet kind of thing ? Hard to imagine ....

 

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  posted on 3/18/2002 at 05:46 AM
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is there anybody out there you can see fronting The Brothers on a duet kind of thing ? Hard to imagine ....

Forget about it. That isnt even funny lol

 
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  posted on 3/18/2002 at 03:56 PM
Forget trying to be funny .. that thought was downright blasphemous !! I take it all back !

 

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