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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 12:10 AM
I've been thinking a lot lately...One thing I was thinking about is what is it about the Allman Brothers that compels me to remain active in this forum and listen to a greater number of Allman Brothers songs than other bands combined (aside from The Band which I'm utterly obsessed with at this current time as well). Especially after Wanee where I met so many different people that all clearly share this same devotion (and often times exceed it). I learned that some people don't know the specific songs that well, they just love the atmosphere and the general music, some go just to enjoy the fantastic music, some go to witness the spectacular skill of each individual in the band and the sum that is clearly greater than the whole. These are a few I was thinking of, as I assume there are others. So what is it that got you into the band/keeps you coming back for more?
For me I first enjoyed listening to LAFE. Then I saw them live and thought they were awesome, realized the skill of the musicians and saw Derek live. Then my real passion for solos and insturmental skill began to develop. Then I started to post in here and met a lot of great people. Now that I've started to play the guitar its added a whole new dimension to understanding and being utterly fascinated with the music as I begin to try and understand chords, scales, and all that good stuff. Overall I've found what started as a simple enjoyment of some songs has developed into a thorough infatuation with a band full of unbelievable music talent that tears at my heart everytime I hear it and a fan base that creates the most wonderful atmosphere anyone could ever ask for...

I guess it was reflection time for me...well now I feel better. Its late so I guses I'm off to bed, goodnight

Now it's time to say good night
Good night Sleep tight
Now the sun turns out his light
Good night Sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Close your eyes and I'll close mine
Good night Sleep tight
Now the moon begins to shine
Good night Sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Close your eyes and I'll close mine
Good night Sleep tight
Now the sun turns out his light
Good night Sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Good night Good night Everybody
Everybody everywhere
Good night.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 12:42 AM
The wookie chicks

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 02:13 PM
Mostly Duane, by far.

No offense to the other members of the band, past and present, but they just don't get it done like Duane. This is also not to ignore the roles of a couple of them in the improv and other support that showcased Duane and Dickey so well. Realistically, though--for what I really zero in on and get off on--all things considered, I'd probably break down my current interest kinda like this:

71% Duane
20% Dickey
. 3% Berry
. 3% Jaimoe
. 3% other

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 03:20 PM
I had a really nicely thought out and written response to this topic earlier today, but now it is lost somewhere in cyberspace.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 03:23 PM
The ENERGY!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 03:24 PM
Me too Dave!

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 03:43 PM
The improvisation! You never know what's around the next corner, because they don't know either. Men working together. Real music, real musicianship.
 
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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 03:43 PM
I like everything about the ABB. The music down to every nut and bolt, and the fans down to every screw and nut. Now that I know a little bit more about them all as people, I think these guys are amazing as human beings too.

Music takes you back. It brings up a lot of very fond memories for me. This is one of the nicest crowds to join the crowd and be a part of it. The music, the words, all of it, just touches me. We are a family of all different kinds and we can love each other anyway.

I am so sick of this puritan paranoia of the fear that someone somewhere is having a good time. The wheel of time is coming back around to can't we have just a little fun? So what about the smoking and drinking. We are all clear on how bad it is for you, tyvm. It sounds like young people are welcome too. Everyone is cordially invited to feel good about being alive and have a good time.

This is growing again. I have a feeling this going to hit the big time again. It's a very good experience to have had and to have, all the way around. The cultists and freaks can get on my nerves, but there are plenty of others around, so no need to focus on that.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 04:01 PM
Power, beauty, grace - one of the very few Bands ever where the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 05:25 PM
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No offense to the other members of the band, past and present, but they just don't get it done like Duane. This is also not to ignore the roles of a couple of them in the improv and other support that showcased Duane and Dickey so well. Realistically, though--for what I really zero in on and get off on--all things considered, I'd probably break down my current interest kinda like this:

71% Duane
20% Dickey
. 3% Berry
. 3% Jaimoe
. 3% other




I actually find this post sort of puzzling...and a bit disturbing - even for you Peter.

You are not really an ABB fan then - at least not like the rest of us who believe it was the whole band who made them what they were/are. You barely give the other members any credit at all and didn't even list Gregg's name. You are only a fan of Duane and not the band itself - I guess.

Obviously, everyone here recognizes just how incredibly great Duane was, but without the other members of the band, Duane quite simply could not of done what he did - at least not to the extent of how his legacy stands now. Yes, Duane would of still been an extremely talented guitar player, but without Brother Gregg's amazing vocals and songwriting ability, Dickey's beautiful guitar playing, Berry's driving bass, Butch and Jaimoe's incredible drums and percussion - plus those great ABB songs and jams etc etc - he just would not have been the same player and may have slipped under the radar completely. It would be like a great painter without a canvas I would think. This would obviously go for a lot of guitarists, not just Duane. You need a great band and chemistry behind you to truly bring out your art, talents, abilities etc. I would think just about any great musician would say the same thing --- unless you were a solo Flamenco player or something...lol. Jimmy Page needed Led Zep, Gilmour needed Pink Floyd, Garcia needed The Dead, Robbie Robertson needed The Band etc. to really shine and bring out the best in them as players...

I am quite sure we will get one of your patented, legthy responses complete with flow charts, graphs and percentages - so we await your response to my post Mr Nelson...:-) lol.





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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 05:41 PM
Eddie is totally right. Duane was amazing, unbelieveable even, but to accomplish that you need to be comfortable with those that you play with and their talents as a band (then and now) bring me to the Allman Brothers.

I can't think of another band that I could sit and listen to live tracks of the same song all day and never get bored...there is more going on in 2 minutes othe Allman Brothers than most of the bands that exist today or ever...

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 05:42 PM
First is was the music. In the Fall of 1969 when I saw that first LP in Rich's in downtown Atlanta I bought it without hesitation. They had played in Cola Town that summer. I missed them to study for a test but true friends did see them and said how good they were. Then I played that album and was hooked. It was the music and the fact that they were based in the South. They were our band.
Then it was the music, the sound, the set list, will they play whatever.
I've wondered if I could get tired of seeing them but so far the day after each concert I'm ready to go again.
The music.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 05:49 PM
what draws me to the ABB is the honesty of the music. they don't pretend to be nothin but people who love to play music, whatever come up come out and that's just how i like it.............pure & honest

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 06:09 PM
so to try to repeat the morning post--i was first drawn,as a very young child to listening with earplugs on sunday nites to the gospel music on the AM dial...my family was very musical...mom had a radio show in the early 40's--opera,played piano...dad was chair of a college music dept.,a cantor(i sang in his choir ) & he was offered a spot in the metropolitan opera but turned it down(?)..my sister is a guitarist & violinist & she turned me on to Beatles,Elvis,Stones...my true love was the blues & MUDDY & HOWLIN...then i heard the ABB & they combined everything i heard till then--& they got me to Jazz & to the wonderful people here...this began at age 5--46 years ago--time flies...what a band they are today & how i miss those who passed...

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 06:19 PM
I would have to say it was Gregg's vocals. Caught my ear at an early age and the excitement is still there. Of course it didn't hurt that he had such a fine ensemble backing him up!!

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 06:22 PM
"...then i heard the ABB & they combined everything i heard till then--& they got me to Jazz & to the wonderful people here...this began at age 5--46 years ago--time flies...what a band they are today & how i miss those who passed..."


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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 06:29 PM
What a band , alright!

What draws me to the Brothers? Their level of musicianship. Their superior improvisational skills.
Music that's played with wisdom, emotion and devotion.
As a listener, I learn from the ABB ; I'm more keenly aware of American musical traditions because of them. And I grow with them. Some bands you outgrow . Not this one. Never.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 06:32 PM
As I read these posts & think about what draws me, personally, I agree with nearly everyone (except you, Peter! ). But, Renee, you really hit it on the head for me. It's the honesty of the music. No pretense. No unnecessary flash. Honest. Respectful to their roots. Played with passion and fire. It speaks for itself.
 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 07:19 PM
They came late on the Blues rock scene and yet their sound was more authentic than the Brits. I first assumed they were on the same level as many of the then blues rock Bands. But for me Duane changed my mind and after almost 1 and a half years of paying attention to him I finally realized he was the real deal and the future for my musical interrests. He died a few wks later.. I have never given up on what he started.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 07:46 PM
this
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ROCKS!
Just beautifully expressed sentiments about the Brothers -- every post is a treat to read, & so true.

 

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  posted on 4/27/2007 at 08:13 PM
I agree with Stephen. Now if I could only put into words my sentiments....I can't. The energy...the vibe...it's amazing. That's all.

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 08:27 AM
bump---love this thread & curious....

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 08:33 AM
Rambling Man was the 1st song that I remember hearing but hell I was in the 3rd grade. However as a teenager Gregg's vocals got my attention then Duane and Dickey's playing. Whipping Post was a effing monster of a song. The superb muscianship has kept me here for a long time. No one was doing what the Brothers were doing in '69 and no one is it doing now.

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 08:39 AM
A lifetime of music that still gives me goosebumps, that puts me into a state of transcendance; the music of The Allman Brothers Band is in every cell of my body. It is home, it is heart it is soul. It has always been with me; it will always be with me.
It is also Brotherhood and the love I shall always treasure; a family unlike no other.
It is love.

 

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  posted on 4/28/2007 at 08:40 AM
Pastdreams--love what you said....

 

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