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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 12:24 PM
The version that is in G or the version that is in E??? I kinda like the G version, but the E studio just kills. Also, I really like the Blue Sky on Lincoln, NE 12.7.80 for some reason. Dickey's vocals are really good on this show. Also, if you wil, what show version of Blue Sky is your favorite?

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 12:27 PM
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Which version of Blue Sky do you like better?
Not sure about the song, but I think this is my favorite version of this thread.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 12:31 PM
wait what?

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 12:39 PM
Not familiar with that version in Lincoln NE -- sounds quite cool, how is Danny on this? He always played real well on Blue Sky w/DB&GS.

Thought it was quite interesting when the ABB resurrected it in E during 2005 -- the version I have (Raleigh) is quite good.
Most of the ones I know are in G, seems as though they went to that from the Lamar-Chuck era on -- I'd say 7/27/02 w/P&F is a great example of that.

HOWEVER ( ) -- since the EAP version is &a always will be my favorite, I'll say the E version -- in concert, both from 9/16 and 9/19 -- the instrumental passages are like two different songs altogether.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 12:44 PM
EAP version (E) has always been my favorite, Don't know how you improve on that.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 12:56 PM
What Doug said, and Doug plays a mighty fine version of it by the way.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 12:59 PM
Not sure if I prefer E or G but I've come to the conclusion that if I can't have DA take the 1st solo then I prefer Chuck or this Kach fellow. Piano really works on this song for me. After that I would have to go with Jack P. for a guitar. I have come to agree with Jack when he said Blue Sky is not a slide song. Most slide solos just don't work for me on that song.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 01:23 PM
I don't have enough expertise to figure out if a version of BLUE SKY is in E or G or whatever. However I have listened to quite a few versions, and the ones I like the best are from the early-mid 90s featuring the Woody/Hanes lineup (1989-1996).

One of my favorites is the Woodstock '94 version. This one features a lot of tasty leads from Warren and Dickey. Check out the video of this show, Dickey is on fire, makes you wonder how that same guy was ejected from the band some 6 years later. After I watch the video I start to really miss him in the ABB. Perhaps soon there can be a reunion.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 01:53 PM
E

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 01:58 PM

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 02:03 PM
All of them!
 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 02:29 PM
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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 02:30 PM
E

Not only EAP but the few live versions with Duane.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 03:01 PM
the rehearsals with duane on the gatlingurg tapes. three takes.
 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 03:36 PM
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the rehearsals with duane on the gatlingurg tapes. three takes.


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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 04:29 PM
The one with Duane from the Stony Brook show is the best ever. I assume that is in E. Was it played in G when Warren joined? I know he plays slide in standard tuning so perhaps it has something to do with that?

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 05:00 PM
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The one with Duane from the Stony Brook show is the best ever. I assume that is in E. Was it played in G when Warren joined? I know he plays slide in standard tuning so perhaps it has something to do with that?

Doug


I think I heard that they changed the key to G because it was getting to hard for Dickey to sing so he lowered the key.
Not a great audio but if anyone has heard the 9-16-71 version of Bluesky it totally smokes!

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 06:08 PM
Blue Sky was played in E the few times with Duane, including the fantastic SUNY show. The transition occured shortly after Duane passed back in the early 70's. If you listen to the Cow Palace new years show I'm pretty sure its in G, although I can't listen to it right now. I

A better description can be found in this thread where EddieP gives some answers
http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&am p;file=viewthread&tid=35784


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The major Pentatonic box where most of the solo is centered around is now 3 frets higher, hence the the "twang" in G. Personally, I never understood this change, it alters the sound and feel of the song way too much and it seems to lose some its its warmth.

The other thing with the song in G is that Dickey's vocal range seems better suited for the key of E especially as he got older.


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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 06:31 PM
There is a version with DB & GS at Ultrasonic studios doing a radio show(1974,I think?) with an acoustic band featuring Vassar Clements. The interviewer requests the song and Dickey asks Vassar if he knows it! They play about as loose as you can get, and Vassar really throws down a western swing groove!
Dickey must have had a capo on his guitar; he tells Vassar the song is in F#!

 

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There is a version with DB & GS at Ultrasonic studios doing a radio show(1974,I think?) with an acoustic band featuring Vassar Clements. The interviewer requests the song and Dickey asks Vassar if he knows it! They play about as loose as you can get, and Vassar really throws down a western swing groove!
Dickey must have had a capo on his guitar; he tells Vassar the song is in F#!


Good call, you're right, it's 11/3/74, Ultrasonic Studio Long Island, kind of a "Richard Betts & Friends" type of gig with music/conversation. A great tape, & that is a unique version of Blue Sky.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2007 at 11:36 PM
Never really liked the versions in the different keys.

I like the 9/16/71 version over the 9/19/71. Still remember hearing the 9/16/71 Blue Sky for the first time on the "old" site, when I began "surfing" online. A Top 5, personal, ABB moment.

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 07:22 AM
My favorite is the next one I hear.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 08:52 AM
The one with Duane at Stoney Brook.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 09:17 AM
I like either Key,,,,,,,,,,I just ran across a version of Bluesky where Gregg Allman is on vocals. Pretty good. He says before the song starts and I quote

"I'd thought I never see the day I would sing this song"

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 09:33 AM
Is there really a better version than the one with Duane from Stony Brook? Both solos on this version are just so raw!
 
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