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Author: Subject: 2007 Allman Brothers Year In Review--Derek Trucks

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 12:45 PM
Most fans seem to agree that this was an especially good year for the band. Now that the tour has been over for a few months, the dust has settled, and people have had a chance to listen to the recordings, I wanted to create a thread where we could talk about our favorite shows and share opinions about this year’s tour. What did you like about this year? What shows would you recommend?

For today’s segment, let me just say a few words in praise of Oteil. His playing was off the charts at just about every show I’ve heard from this summer. The 8/22 Holmdel version of “Les Brers in A Minor” might have the best playing I’ve heard from him since he’s been in the band, just ferociously powerful stuff. So nimble and inventive, but at the same time, hitting with Berry Oakley-esque force. Another highlight from Oteil this year would have to be “Whipping Post” from Piedmont Park. When the video from the show was broadcast in Atlanta, I was struck by what a strong intro this was, and really set the tone for a great version of a great song.

Maybe the best example of Oteil’s playing this year was the Jazz Fest show. In front of a huge festival crowd of over 50,000, he brought the thunder and shook the Fairgrounds, giving a master class in how to rock a large concert. Listen to “Trouble No More” from this show and feel the power Oteil brings to the table.

I think Oteil has finally found the perfect balance between the jazzy, quick-fingered style that he is known for with Aquarium Rescue Unit, and the heavier, more rock-oriented style that the ABB calls for. He has stepped it up in terms of holding down a massive bottom end, but he’s still kept his musical personality, and this year more than any other he was an unstoppable musical force.

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 12:53 PM

1) No Dickey

2) No new material

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 12:54 PM
Wow. Didn't see that one comin'.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 12:58 PM
Quote---He has stepped it up in terms of holding down a massive bottom end, but he’s still kept his musical personality, and this year more than any other he was an unstoppable musical force.
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You wouldn't know that west of the Mississippi .

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 01:00 PM
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Quote---He has stepped it up in terms of holding down a massive bottom end, but he’s still kept his musical personality, and this year more than any other he was an unstoppable musical force.
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You wouldn't know that west of the Mississippi .

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 01:25 PM
I only got to the Camden show this year.

But I heard some recordings from the Beacon, Wannee, Jazz fest and the summer tour.

Of them, I still listen to Camden the most. The Bob Weir Franklin's Tower and a kick-ass Whipping Post were hi lites. The Boston shows right after that, then Atlanta.

I think the Jazz Fest is a good show, but I hate the mix. For some reason, and this is the version I got from HTN, one of the tom tom's is very high in the mix to point of being annoying. I can listen to it in the office where I have it on low volume. But at home and in the truck, I can't stand it and it is forever banished to just bring to work.

I thought the latest Archive was OK. It's, I don't know, more of the same. Yes, Duane was great and all, and the songs tend to be a bit differently played, but the same setlist over and over is really becoming a drag. I loved the SUNY disc, no matter how bad it sounded, and the #'s 3 and 4 as well. I just find myself not reaching for #5 much.

Lastly, I'm a little tired of the covers. Yes, Van Morrison is great for interpreting by the band and all, but I really want to hear some deeper cuts from their recorded output. I don't care if it's Dickey's or not. I want to hear ABB songs, not covers. That's just me.

All in all, looking forward to next year. I love this band and will always support it. But I fear the end is drawing near. 40th anniversary and goodbye.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 01:28 PM
Oteil is the man! Just about every show I've been to has only made me think higher of him...


Now this is definitely a biased post, seeing as how I only saw them twice this year (OK, 6 times, counting Beacon and Wanee), but the Raleigh show was absolutely killer! Derek's solo on Ain't Wastin Time No More tore the house down, and the Mountain Jam set closer was, well, Mountain Jam (I'm pretty sure that all of my top ABB shows have Mountain Jam in them - coincidence?)


In response to Goober - no, there may not have been any new originals, but the 3/24/07 show, where the second set ended with Dream>LizReed>Drums/Flute/Bass>Mtn Jam>Dazed and Confused>Mtn Jam then a Whipping Post encore was absolutely killer. And Dazed and Confused? Who ever thought they'd play that one?


As for the Dickey comment, I'll let that rest...


I'd love to hear other opinions on the tour, though (I wish I could have made it to JazzFest, Piedmont Park, Farm Aid, etc)...

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 01:40 PM
Only saw the brothers once this year in NYC but I always find Oteil a joy to watch and listen to. Don't know that I can properly discuss topic with you Rob as you have a much wider view-point here but the following statement has me intrigued...
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Another highlight from Oteil this year would have to be “Whipping Post” from Piedmont Park. When the video from the show was broadcast in Atlanta, I was struck by what a strong intro this was, and really set the tone for a great version of a great song.

I think this is one of the great opening bass lines in R&R and this is something I've always loved about BO versions - the raw power and drive he put into the beginning of this song. I'm thinking maybe I should be getting my hands on a copy of this Piedmont show to listen to Oteil more closely on this now.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 02:16 PM
Thanks for the input everybody! Just keep in mind that I do not have the power to...

A) Get Dickey back in the band
B) Force the band to do an extended Western tour

I understand the comments about new originals, but if nothing else, I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity in the setlists. They played 67 different songs this summer, a Beacon-esque number, far more than they normally do on a summer tour. Getting the chance to go on the road and see 7 shows in a row really made it clear how much they were mixing it up.

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 02:18 PM
Oteil Rocks!! Do bout a doubt it. Oteil highlight for me was a Volunteered Slavery tease that he and Derek hit during one of the early-April weeknight Beacon shows. Blew my mind.

And to echo lonoman: Enough of the Van Morrison covers already. I dig the "Allmans family" covers like Aretha/Duane version of The Weight, Guilded Splinters, etc. Also dig Hwy61 quite a bit. All of the current line-up blues covers fall right in with the Allman history as well. But I attended alot of shows this year and heard Van The Man one too many times. Love his music, but Warren needs to leave it for his solo gigs. Would love to hear the guys add a.) new material or b.) unplayed ABB-recorded tunes (Please Call Home, Jelly Jelly, True Gravity!, KOB!, Outskirts,etc.).

I was fortunate enough to see 9 shows this year. The music was top notch. I had a blast. It just seemed like the band was coasting a bit setlist-wise. Aside from the Hendrix & Zep covers, it seems like nothing new was added. I know that everyone is busy with their own bands. I just think this band should be given a little more priority in terms of coming up with new material. If its written, as GA says, roadtest it on us!! Please!!

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 02:45 PM
Derek was ok, few shows he slacked and did not have any fire. Kind of sad, expected more and wish he lived up to the hype!


























































































Just kidding............................ HE F"N ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 02:47 PM
Loved the August 12th show in Virginia Beach but that's the only one that I went to. The show was hot from the very beginning til the end! I think it's the best concert that I've ever attended.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 03:05 PM
NO RED ROCKS/WEST COAST DATES.

JAZZ ASPEN..........YEAH.....YEAH, I KNOW!!

THAT DOES NOT COUNT.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 03:22 PM
Got out to see the Bros. 4 times this year, and the best show was number 2 at Rama. 2007 was the year, IMO that Derek made that great step up on Warren and everyone around him. Not better, much like Duane and Dickey in the day. Bring on 08!!!

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 03:37 PM
It was a good year. I saw the Brothers 3 times, The Mule 5 times and DTB including NYE would be 5 times. And I agree Oteil is awesome. I am always telling folks who listen around me, listen to the bass.........DOOM........DOOMDOOM..........DOOM.........DOOM............DOO MDOOM.

One song that sticks out is Instrumental Illness on the One Way out cd..........most awesome.

Wanee can be added to my list of firsts.....it was an awesome experience.

The Brothers returned to Charlotte............and also made it to Rons for the notorious preshow party.

ALso got to meet quite a few great folks off this sight.

Its been a great year and YAW have been a GREAT BUNCH


And I probably bought more merchandise this year that ever before, Thanks to HTN for offering some classy stuff.


[Edited on 11/21/2007 by rottinpeach]

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 03:46 PM
My shows this year...

March 30 - Beacon
March 31 - Beacon
April 13 - Wanee
April 14 - Wanee
August 10 - Charlotte
September 8 - Atlanta

No complaints from me, aside from the shabby treatment they got from DMB (no light show, low PA volume) at Piedmont Park.

Rob, Oteil seems to have found his voice with that bad ass red P Bass. It seems to be his bass of choice now, and he is clearly and totally comfortable with it. IMO, he is the best there is. And keep in mind, he has the longest tenure with the band (10 years) than ANY of his predecessors. That accounts for a lot of his fluidity.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 04:00 PM
I saw Wanee, Charlotte and Raleigh and enjoyed them all. I thought they were tighter at Wanee 07 than 06; maybe because The Beacon run had just ended the weekend before or maybe because Derek wasn't leaving after the first night. There were also not as many guest at Wanee this year. It was hot in Raleigh and real hot in Charlotte but the shows were worth braving the heat. It has to be a lot hotter on stage. For the record the four shows had 37 different songs, 13 were played twice and Statesboro Blues three times. I'm ready to go again.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 04:41 PM
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March 30 - Beacon


Warren played despite food poisoning

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 05:13 PM
As usual an awesome year, but of course people want to wine over the stupidest things. Ridiculous. What a great band they are now and always have been. Life is full of changes and surprises, why linger in the past. This band knows how to deliver over and over again and in my opinion keep getting better. They are no way getting worse at least.
 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 05:30 PM
Of coarse we know the Beacon shows were amazing and Wanee but as fas as summer shows, the Newport and two Boston shows I had seen were fabulous!! Dreams was the only repeat at both Boston shows and they were the best I'd heard! Warren owned it the first night and Derek the second! Gregg's vocals on Desdemona the second night had new heights then of coarse Susan sitting in both nights and that "Don't think Twice" was very moving!!

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 06:56 PM
I was lucky enough to see the band twice this year April 2nd and @ Jones beach. I loved the little jam before "trouble no more".

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 06:58 PM
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Warren played despite food poisoning


I remember! He was a spectacular shade of green. What a trooper!

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 09:01 PM
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Derek was ok, few shows he slacked and did not have any fire. Kind of sad, expected more and wish he lived up to the hype!
Just kidding............................ HE F"N ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!


You scared the crap out of me there, I thought you really thought that Derek was slacking!?!?!?!!

But anyway i saw them on the 8th and i have tapes of the 21st 26th and 29th and they really smoked!

 

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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 09:15 PM
the ABB 07 seem to be getting tighter & more risk takeing in the shows or tapes i heard. keep touring
 
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  posted on 11/21/2007 at 09:22 PM
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I think Oteil has finally found the perfect balance between the jazzy, quick-fingered style that he is known for with Aquarium Rescue Unit, and the heavier, more rock-oriented style that the ABB calls for. He has stepped it up in terms of holding down a massive bottom end, but he’s still kept his musical personality, and this year more than any other he was an unstoppable musical force.



Only took ten years for him to get it. I suppose next to me he would be whatcha call a quick study.


[Edited on 11/22/2007 by Charlesinator]

 

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