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  posted on 8/29/2006 at 10:25 PM
I was lucky enough to see the ABB do "Egypt" at the Beacon in 2005 and it made me wonder - have there been many original songs by the ABB that remain unreleased or incredibly obscure over the years, the way that the Stones have plenty of b-sides and outtakes that never see the light of day on albums
 
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  posted on 9/2/2006 at 11:58 PM
ANyone? Are there any (officially) unreleased ABB songs you know of?
 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 12:38 AM
There's Delta Blue, which got a few airings at the Beacon this year. And One More Ride, although a partial version showed up on the Dreams anthology. I would guess there's a version of Rocking Horse from the '89-97 era band, but I don't know that for sure.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 04:27 AM
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There's Delta Blue, which got a few airings at the Beacon this year. And One More Ride, although a partial version showed up on the Dreams anthology. I would guess there's a version of Rocking Horse from the '89-97 era band, but I don't know that for sure.


Yep, "Rockin' Horse" is sort of an outtake from the "Where It All Begins" sessions.
The ABB recorded it prior to the GM version but "it didn't sound right" and shelved it.
So for that reason you could call it an ABB original in stead of a Mule cover.
Warren used the song for the GM debut which is the first released version.
The unreleased ABB version will remain in the vault indefinitly i guess.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 11:50 AM
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The ABB recorded it prior to the GM version but "it didn't sound right" and shelved it.


Still doesn't sound right if you ask me.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 02:49 PM
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Yep, "Rockin' Horse" is sort of an outtake from the "Where It All Begins" sessions.
The ABB recorded it prior to the GM version but "it didn't sound right" and shelved it.

That's strange it's on my ABB "Hittin' The Note" cd

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 03:38 PM
Other than one-shot performances, some unreleased ABB songs that come to mind:

Oh Pretty Woman (Albert King cover, from around '69-'70, sung by Berry)
The Sky is Crying
Worried Down With the Blues (eventually showed up on GM's Deep End)
I Know I Ought to Leave
Rave On, JJ's Alley (One Stop Be-Bop), Tombstone Eyes (eventually showed up on Dickey's DBB Let's Get Together)
Afro Blue
Layla
Why Does Love Got to be So Sad
Key to the Highway
The Weight
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

I would consider Ludlow's Garage to be an ABB release, otherwise Dimples and Outskirts of Town could be listed.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 03:42 PM
Didn't notice the word "original" on first read, so my list should be:
Worried Down With the Blues
I Know I Ought to Leave
Rave On
JJ's Alley
Tombstone Eyes

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 06:32 PM
Can't Get to Heaven On a Ten Dollar Bill - Played some in the mid '90s and rightfully shelved.

Berry's Jam - Unreleased instrumental outtake from Brothers & Sisters

 
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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 07:39 PM
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Yep, "Rockin' Horse" is sort of an outtake from the "Where It All Begins" sessions.
The ABB recorded it prior to the GM version but "it didn't sound right" and shelved it.

That's strange it's on my ABB "Hittin' The Note" cd


I'm talking about the version recorded 10 years prior to the "Hittin' The Note" recording sessions. Different era, different line-up. On "HTN" they gave the song a second change.
Probably they where more happier with the result and that version made it on the cd.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 09:48 PM
How could I forget these two gems from the Jack Pearson era:
Everyday
I'm Not Crying

They probably don't qualify as unreleased, but for a while I expected to see them on an ABB disc.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 10:14 PM
Randall covered everything I was going to list...except the "original" Egypt, which had vocals and was called 'Walk Like a Man".
I think it was only played twice, in 2000 (the Trucks/Herring line-up.)

 
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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 11:44 PM
Yeah, I was definitely asking about original songs, as the ABB have covered so many tunes, it was just something/ anything that the boys themselves wrote that I was curious about - -

As a side note, I always thought "Rocking HOrse" kicked ass left and right, and was always surious as to some of the fan irritation with that song live. What up? Too heavy? Too frequently played? It sure has been a fave of mine -- i love it on the 2003 DVD!!

 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 01:12 AM
I think some feel Rocking Horse gets played too much. It does appear quite often but so do a few tunes. No biggie for me, I enjoy the tunes always.

Personally I think that Govt Mule's version is the best. It rocked so hard in those first few years. I saw Warren, Woody and Matt almost tear down walls blowing out those small clubs. Volume was excessively loud and they would just tear it up.

I also prefer their studio version of it. Rocks a little harder, faster beat and not so long.

 

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  posted on 9/6/2006 at 09:12 AM
I remember reading an article before just before the release of I think Brothers and Sisters, that was previewing the sessions and talked about a killer ABB version of Double Cross, which the only version I've heard is on the GA 74 Tour record. Havne't seen it on any outakes disc. I think that would be a killer for the ABB to bring back

 

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  posted on 9/6/2006 at 11:37 AM
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As a side note, I always thought "Rocking HOrse" kicked ass left and right, and was always surious as to some of the fan irritation with that song live. What up? Too heavy? Too frequently played? It sure has been a fave of mine -- i love it on the 2003 DVD!!


I just always thought it was kind of dumb song that goes on forever when they play it, which happens all too often. The opening riff is just nail on a chalkboard to me and serves as a signal to get in line for the John.

As for being too heavy, again, it can just be too much - fits Gov't Mule's power better of which I'm not a huge fan. Just another "monkey on my back" throwaway song (but this one is about smack...super...now we've covered all narcotics, right?), and it even has the line "Good clean fun" in it, which is another song I hate.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2006 at 07:58 AM
"Rockin' Horse" is one of those tunes where there is no middle ground for some folks. One friend may like it and another detrest it. Yet they are still friends in the end. I too have tired of "Rockin' Horse." However, I believe it serves another purpose for the band. It is kind of like a centering song for the band. Since Warren's rejoining the fold in 2001 "Rockin' Horse" has become sort of like their signature song more so than any other in the repertoire. If they play it good, which they always do then everything after that is generally good to stellar as well. I've seen one or two shows start of a little slow or disjointed, then BANG "Rockin' Horse" and the rest of the show becomes more than quite memorable. Hey just my .02. You know how "Statesboro Blues" is for the fans then "Rockin' Horse" is for the band.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2006 at 10:00 PM
"Rocking Horse" was always a favorite of mine. I loved The Mule doing it, now I think I prefer the ABB versions. Personally, I think of the timeframe it was written in and the people who wrote it and the subject matter and it just hits it for me.

The song is about heroin abuse and Gregg, Warren, Jack & Woody wrote it in 93 when Jack was filling in for Dickey. (It was written with "Sailin' 'Cross the Devil's Sea"). They recorded it in early 94 with Gregg singing it for the WHERE IT ALL BEGINS album, but it was rejected, according to Warren, because Gregg was not happy with his vocal. If you look at a lot of the material from that time period "All Night Train" (about cocaine), "Sailin' 'Cross the Devil's Sea", "Change My Way of Living" etc, they seem like they are really trying to make positive changes in their lives. Gregg was soon to give up Heroin and everything else after that.

The song itself I think is rocking and is one of those that seems to almost always hit that intense peak that only the ABB can do. - It was played so frequently from 2001-2003 as a tribute to fallen brother Allen Woody. In fact Warren at the time stated he was trying to play it at every show, for Woody. I believe that included Mule setlists at the time. So I can see how people would get sick of it, but I still think it's got to be in my top 10 ABB songs. (And believe me, I like just about everything!) - Also, notice in 2002 the arrangement in the solo changed. (A modulation occurs between Warren & Derek's solo) To me, that made a huge difference in the song. I love it.

But to each his own.

 
 


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