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  posted on 3/7/2006 at 03:38 PM
...from the Southern Swing box set.

My Southern Swing box set came yeaterday, but I had to go to work. I just finished listening to it.

I thought Charlotte and Raleigh from 03 were awesome, and I thought all 3 of the Fox Theatre concerts from 04 were awesome. And they all were, and are.

But not like this.

Theres something about this recording. They seem to be in a very sweet place musically during this concert. Theres an incredible "feel" to it. And there is some stuff on here that is right up there with the best ever recorded by this band. I'm talking Duane period here.

Folks, Warren has never sounded better to my ears. And Derek...honest to goodness...brings some stuff out of his guitar that I have never heard come out of a guitar before. Dont know where it came from, dont know how he did it, but you'll see.(I'm mostly thinking of Whipping Post...I think. There are so many...but there are other spots.)

I've never been this brash before after one listen to anything but this might be the best live recording of a concert I've ever heard, save for the Fillmore Concert recording. Collectively...all the players, not just Warren and Derek, seemed to be locked in in a very sweet way on this recording.

Only one problem...at about the 5 minute mark of "Dreams to remember"(the last song on disc 2) the music just quits, mid song. Just as if someone hit the pause button.

Maybe someone on here can tell me if this is an unavoidable glitch...due to the nature of instant live recording, or if I have a bad disc.

If I dont get word here I'll call Hittin the Note tomorrow.

This recording will take your breath away, folks.

Man alive this band is good...

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[Edited on 3/7/2006 by D28guy]

[Edited on 3/7/2006 by D28guy]

 

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  posted on 3/7/2006 at 03:47 PM
Too cool for words. Thanks for posting that D28guy

 

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  posted on 3/7/2006 at 04:07 PM
Agreed, agreed, and AGREED.

I just got mine yesterday; it was a Christmas present from my mom. haha HTN delay and whatnot, then shipping snafu to my folks in Austin instead of me in ATL.

Well

Worth

The

Wait

And a nice BDay present taboot. (3/7/79)

The ATL show this past fall was stellar! I was lucky enough to be there, and was taken to another world. Derek on WP....YIKES! Enjoy, brothers and sisters.

3/23......right around the kona!

 

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  posted on 3/7/2006 at 04:22 PM
Shoot, y'all should have BEEN THERE and watched the show unfold. Egypt had me mesmerized. And then Derek accompanying Oteil on bass during Oteil's bass solo. In-freakin-credible!!!

 

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  posted on 3/7/2006 at 04:23 PM

Allman Brothers Band
October 1, 2005
Lakewood Amphitheater (now HiFi Buys)
Atlanta, GA



October 1 was one of those fabulous fall Atlanta days, sunny and mild, with just a hint of crispness in the air – a day when walking outside made me feel glad to be alive. This day began with a bang at Shroomriver, the beautiful home of Greg and Barb Potter.

I’ve known the Potters for many years, but this was my first visit to their home – and the place knocked my socks off! Situated on a bend of the Yellow River, surrounded by woods and privacy, this is one of the most beautiful homes and settings I’ve ever seen in Atlanta … and that’s saying a lot! Greg is a landscaper and the grounds were dotted with gorgeous plants and flowers, ponds and waterfalls, and delightful areas to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. I wandered out to the river and sat on a park bench listening to the river flowing through the rapids and felt the beautiful day fill my heart with joy.

The home itself is an expression of love, as it has been added onto and renovated by a master craftsman. The kitchen is to die for, looking like it came straight from a show on the Food Network with a giant gas stove, granite counters, and huge work island loaded down with food (none of which I could eat, of course!). A large sunroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooked the river while the Live at the Beacon DVD played on a large screen TV. The large deck had mushroom outlines in the wooden railing, a stainless steel grill with dogs grilling, and libations galore. It was here that I met my first batch of HTW family – bluedad, banesh, jamgram, jessica0717, PatrickCrenshaw and many others. A number of these folks are also Donna Hopkins fans, which gladdened me also.

I had to leave a little early to pick up my son from his Youth League Football game. His team lost 19-0, unfortunately, but I made up for it by taking him to the Varsity Drive-In downtown for a Frosted Orange, onion rings, and a peach fried pie. After dropping him off, it was time to head to Lakewood (sorry, Hi-F- Buys now). Thanks to some excellent directions posted by HTW newbie Cathee, I found the tailgate party in short order and spent another couple of hours getting tuned up for the show. Here I ran into MotherTeresa, SaraT, MichaelWilliams, RyanBelair, CeeCee, Libby, Big6Peachead (down from Canada with Lynn), buppalo1, TanDan, and others. Everyone kept asking about AltantaCherokee, but he never found us. A few cars down I met Josh, Jason, and Justin, three young fans who had an enormous, professional-looking ABB flag they’d made. About 5’ by 5’, it had the ABB mushroom on one side and the ABB logo on the other.

Wandering inside I spent quite a bit of time at the HTB booth with WillieHoward, JNB and RobJohnson. Joe told me that traveling with the band for so much of the summer tour had really cemented the relationship between them and HTN. He said they were treated like family and he had even been making suggestions about what he wanted to hear them play. His current request is Spoonful, but he has no idea whether they will break it out or not. [They did at Charlotte!] I also chatted with Horacegammet, Goliath, BillyEddins, and Bob Johnson from the Big House Foundation. Buzzy82 told me he’d walked 20 miles earlier in the day as part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser and that his feet were killing him. Unfortunately Lisa’s chemo is not as effective as they’d hoped and prayers are still needed here. We talked about the Gatemouth show we’d seen in January and how magical it had been. I told him I could feel some magic in Lakewood, as well.

Eventually I wandered backstage where I got to chat with Warren and Oteil and they both complimented me on my weight loss and I got a great bear hug from Oteil. Marc told me he is playing in a Latin show at Carnegie Hall next month. I told him it must be a thrill to play Carnegie Hall and he said he’d played there once before when he was nine! A little while later I got another bear hug from Jaimoe – he didn’t even say hello, he just grabbed me! These guys are all loose, happy, and really enjoying playing together.

I caught some of moe from up front a couple of times and they seemed very good, but I tended to get bored after a few minutes. Like too many other jambands, there is a little bit too much pointless noodling in their sound for me. When I had a chance to chat with them briefly in their dressing room, they seemed like really nice guys and they are big fans of the ABB.

Finally the Brothers came on and I was ready. I caught the first five songs from the third row and made eye contact with Derek during the Les Brers-like intro to Jessica. It is unfortunate that I couldn’t make it to Raleigh or Charlotte, because I really need to see three shows in a row to get the best ABB experience – there is no way that one two-and-a-half hour show can include everything I want to hear. I couldn’t decide whether it was a Derek night or a Warren night because they both seemed on fire. Warren played slide on Done Somebody Wrong and Derek on One Way Out. I’m glad they have returned to the original short and bluesy version of OWO – I like it much better. Gregg mentioned many times about what a great crowd it was in Atlanta, and it truly was. Rocking Horse was Warren’s song tonight and Desdemona was killer. Gregg has changed the phrasing slightly on the lyric, drawing out the first syllable in Desdemona just a beat longer, giving it more of a syncopated feel.

Midnight Rider turned into an enormous sing along as the audience was amazingly responsive. Maydell is always a favorite and Egypt is just an outstanding instrumental, generating great crowd response. I spent the rest of the show in the 18th row and the lovely Kirsten West sat next to me shortly thereafter. When Kirsten first saw me earlier in the evening, she did a double-take and almost didn’t recognize me – then her jaw dropped when she realized how much I’d changed. I was thrilled to be sitting next to someone who gets it, just like I do. I told her this was my first time seeing Derek in the middle of the lineup and that I really liked it, but I was surprised to find out it was Kirsten’s first time too. She and I kept pointing stuff out to each other from then on.

Derek played slide on Statesboro Blues and I was hoping for an extended version, but they haven’t done that again since Chicago last year. Warren sang a soulful Dreams to Remember and Marc and Butch left the stage to leave Jaimoe alone on the song he played with Otis. Liz Reed was epic. During the drum trio I skipped backstage – this is the only part of the show that I would rather see from onstage instead of in front. Standing off on Butch’s side, I could look across the stage and see all three drummers perfectly. It was fascinating to watch them interact with each other, and I discovered that it is Jaimoe who actually leads the solos. Both Marc and Butch were focused on Jaimoe as he took the lead and gave them cues.

I could also see Derek and Oteil sitting behind the drums in director’s chairs with their names stenciled on the back. They were both holding bass guitars and were watching the drummers intently. I didn’t want to miss a minute of Derek playing bass, so as soon as Butch left the tympanis and returned to his trap set I scooted back out to my seat. It was very different, to say the least, to see Derek holding a four-string bass, but his sound really made sense as part of Oteil’s solo (duo?). Other than a quick little mini-solo on bass, mostly what Derek did was provide the foundation for Oteil while he is scatting – Derek put the bass down when Oteil began the bass guitar part of his solo. I’m guessing that this is going to continue to be part of their shows. Since Derek was already out front, he got in another awesome mini-solo on his SG while the rest of the boys came out.

Atlanta was treated to two encores and Melissa was another huge sing along, but I kept thinking of cellular phones for some reason. Whipping Post was another epic. Warren used a wah-wah pedal on his solo – he uses it on Maydell, of course, but I’d never seen him play it in any other song. Derek. Well, Derek. He began his solo with a sustained discordant tone unlike anything I’ve ever seen him play before – I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! Then, just before the slide portion of his solo, he loosened the top string all the way and pulled it back behind the neck of the guitar, creating a huge sound that kept getting lower and lower – Wow! Kirsten and I just looked at each other in wonderment.

I wish I had made it to Charlotte to see Spoonful (thanks, Joe!), but I was so high from the music Saturday night that when I got home at 2:00 AM I stuck in the Instant Lives and listened to the whole show over again and didn’t get to bed until 5:00 AM! It was all I could do to take my daughter to the Atlanta Zoo like I’d promised her.

I count my blessings that I am a fan of this band. The Allman Brothers are playing at a level few other bands have ever reached and are having great fun doing it. The loving community of fans who share these shows makes this experience all the more special. The closest metaphor I can make is to liken these shows to mainlining joy.

I want more.

 

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  posted on 3/7/2006 at 05:43 PM
All true! I've listened to every Instant Live version of "Egypt" there is, and nothing tops Atlanta. Mesmerized is the word Dave! This "Egypt" also makes a strong case for D28's claim that this is some of Warren's best playing. His solo was transcendental on that song!

Strangely, another tune from the Atlanta show that really sticks out is "Statesboro Blues." Maybe they were charged up from the death-defying jamming they had just pulled off on "Egypt," but the band just seems to dig in and rip into it. Derek's slide is wailing, Gregg's vocals are great (on One Way Out too!) and the band is just kicking ass!

And those sounds Derek makes on "Whipping Post"...I'm still at a loss for words.

Hot stuff! Come and get 'em!

 
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  posted on 3/7/2006 at 07:27 PM
well, you made a believer out of me with those testimonials..i am gonna buy that one

 

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  posted on 3/7/2006 at 07:41 PM
This show was part of my pilgirimage to Hot Lanta & my introduction to GABBA.

This will be one of those memories that lives in my mind like it happened yesterday for a long time to come.

I have to agree that Stateboro was especially hot that night. I have had this IL since the night of the show & Egypt is one of the tunes that I go back to for another listen again & again & again . . . Another one that stands out for me is Done Somebody Wrong. I had never seen them do this one live before & it was awesome. And of course Whipping Post was off the chain. Not only can you hear some of the highlights, like Derek playing bass & detuning his low E string to a demonic pitch, but there were some great interctions between the boys on stage. Derek's smirking as Oteil walked to the microphone to scat, dribbling those bass notes away with his index & middle fingers on the Fender, was just one photographic moment.

And then of course as luck would have it I sat next to Libby who, even though I didn't get to talk to her much, gave me the feeling I was sitting next to an old friend. it's funny how music can do that.

To mention just a few of the songs from that night does not do this show justice. It is definitely a necessity to any listening ear.

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 01:57 AM
I read some comments about Egypt, and I realised that in my post earlier I forgot to mention Egypt. This is my 1st time hearing it, and I kept thinking...

Have I gone back in time to 1969 psychodelia????

And I dont mean by that any kind of attempt to "manufacture" something from a time that is long past. I dont mean that at all. This instrumental sounds very much "in the present".

But it just has that vibe to it.

If the Allman Brothers ever want to do another live album, sort of a follow up to One Way Out...I say just repackage this thing, give it a title, and release it commercially as is.

The sound quality is good enough, imo.

Thats another thing...I noticed they have Bruce Judd in the credits for mixing these instant lives. I hadnt seen that on any other instant lives. I wonder if they heard to occasional "good natured" complaint concerning the sound quality of some instant lives, and decided to fix it.

The sound quality is very good on this one.

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 12:03 PM
Can't.....seem.....to ........get........the......Fox.....Box....set ....out...of ....cd...player....ahhhhhhh.....sweet sweet soul music

 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 02:16 PM
I cannot wait to hear that one!
 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 03:08 PM
D28, I can't agree with you more. There was something special in the air that night in Atlanta. The Jessica opener took my breath away...and I never came back down for the rest of the show! The IL is a must-have.


 

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  posted on 3/8/2006 at 04:01 PM
I was, as many of y'all were, at the show. Great show--one of the best shows I've been too. I think the disc is great. What's sad to me was that the Orlando show (of all places) isn't an Instant Live offering. That show was incredible as well. And I realize Orlando isn't a major hotbed ABB-wise, you know--not like Raleigh or Charlotte or Atlanta or NY or wherever--so my expectations weren't super high. That and they had just finished the Skynyrd portion of the tour (draw your own conclusions).

They KILLED!!! For me it was a top 10 all time show out of atleast 50 that I've been too.

But the subject is Atlanta. And the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre was pretty damn strong. And I really love the cd.

 
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  posted on 3/9/2006 at 09:29 AM
Did anyone ever answer the original poster's question about the disc malfunction in Dreams to Remember? I put it on for my AM ride to work. Alas, I arrived to work before the 5 minute mark. Very curious if others' discs are messed up too, though.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2006 at 12:27 PM
I really think that what the original poster said is actually the beauty of live music. Sometimes, someone will hear something, and it will just blow them away, but it will most definitely not strike everyone the same way. I have a couple of dick's Picks that did that to me. On one, there is the sweetest, most soulful High Time I have ever heard. When I hear Jerry's solo, it brings tears to my eyes. But it certainly does not affect everyone that way. Someone else might hear a totally different tune from a different show, but it speaks very loudly to them. And, by the way, this is not by any means limited to "our" music. This has happened to me on a number of occasions, hearing/seeing live music, maybe even on TV, that just blows me away.
 

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  posted on 3/9/2006 at 04:30 PM
"Only one problem...at about the 5 minute mark of "Dreams to remember"(the last song on disc 2) the music just quits, mid song. Just as if someone hit the pause button."

mine works fine. sorry, man

 

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  posted on 3/10/2006 at 02:27 AM
jahpaul,

Thanks. I obviously got a bad disc. This is only the 2nd time this has happened, and the last time they rushed a complete replacement...all 3 discs...out to me pronto!

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  posted on 3/10/2006 at 02:56 AM
Dang!!

I should've read this thread before I started that other thread. Sorry about that.

But, I've gotten some good suggestions from this thread...thanks! Still want more!

 
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