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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 01:07 PM
it's been well documented that PATB might be the ABB's finest recording. But there are at two shining moments in my book:

the opening DWYNM is a great. this is my favorite version of it. both derek and dickey sounds great on this.

second, derek's solo on high falls is wonderful. oteil is high in the mix, the percussion is great and derek nails it.

it's also the first time that we get a recorded version of derek taking a fingerstyle solo to cflimax, slowing it down, then building it back up with slide. he does this with alot of dickey tunes and it adds a wonderful dimension to the tunes.

lastly, recorded in 2000, i had great seats to 4 shows during this run. this was back when the presale was for "us" only and you grab great stuff.

any other good things to point out on this recording?

[Edited on 5/30/2008 by sully]

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 01:34 PM
I know the moss will com off the CD case, but can I scrape the lichens off the CD?

I haven't played it in years. I'll dig it out in honor of this thread. My memory says a horrible muddy mix, is that correct?

Saw a couple of shows that year and there was some fine music played......


OK, got it on.....

the mix is beyond bad...... WTF????????????????????????????

Gregg sounds like he is under the ocean...................

no wonder I never play it.....................

the moss can re-grow.........


 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 01:48 PM
Great topic, sully! I think this album, while disappointing, gets unfairly maligned in a lot of ways by fans. There are a lot of solid, some great, moments through out. After 2nd set's tame setlist (half were live versions of songs off of their previous studio album, and Liz Reed was already 3 years old and in wide circulation among fans), Peakin' dusted off some great classics (some still full of cobwebs) that had yet to make it on to a live ABB album. That's why I feel the big disappointment I have with the album is the intent from the band members - it's as if every one was trying to prove their point. If you're going to fire a band mate and then tell him the proof is in the tapes from the Beacon shows, don't ask fans to pay $15 for a compilation of performances from those very Beacon shows. Fans deserve better, I think it was a petty move. Release a show you are proud of from '99.

Anyways, there are still some great moments. I agree, sully, "Don't Want You No More" is one of the best cuts off of the album and one of the most powerful versions of the song I've heard. Dickey always pushed that song. I dig "It's Not My Cross to Bear", great to hear that one on an album again. In fact, the album is solid until the end of what started out as a great "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" when Dickey starts to get all off-kilter mushy in his solo. Not sure what he was doing, but it's still a nice cut, I still spin it as often as the Wipe the Windows version.

After that the album gets a little muddied. "Every Hungry Woman" is a little sloppy in places; "Please Call Home" is most welcome after all of these years and Gregg is in fine voice (even if he is burried in the mix, everything is pretty muddy, these shows were definitely not taped with intent to release), but the rest of the band is pretty sluggish; "Stand Back" and "Leave My Blues at Home" are absolute messes, especially the latter which sounds as if they are playing underwater - still a lot of dust to blow off of that one; It's also great to have "Black Hearted Woman" back on an album (sans 20 minute drum solo).

Dickey's two songs seem to be a microcosm of what was happening in the band at the time. "Seven Turns" is one of the best songs on the album and Dickey seems much more focused than he did on Gregg's "Please Call Home" while "High Falls" (I was so happy to see that on the track list when the album was announced) has some fantastic moments of extended play from everyone, however, Dickey definitely misses several harmony runs with Derek. Chalk it up to what ever you want, but when compared with shows only a year earlier (and definitely with 2nd Set's intensity) these performances are not always crisp by Allman Brothers standards. I will never know how they picked the tracks for this album, but while most bands could only dream of releasing an album of Peakin's quality, there are likely better performances from this lineup out there.

Still, I still find myself spinning this disc every now and then. The Derek-Dickey combo really was something special, I always thought their styles really gelled perfectly.

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 02:08 PM
this record was nominated for a Grammy.
 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 02:14 PM
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it's been well documented that PATB might be the ABB's finest recording.



HUH??????

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 02:37 PM
Derek's solo on High Falls is the high point for me.

It almost sounds like the ABB released PATB to prove a point.

 
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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 02:50 PM
.waaaaayyyyydown the play list.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 03:00 PM
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HUH??????


oops! I meant might NOT be ...

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 03:06 PM
Pretty good in my book too.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 03:09 PM
Although I don't hate the disc or anything, there isn't much I would listen to because I have way better versions of all of those songs somewhere.

It's been discussed under what circumstances that album came out, so I just take it at that.

I do like the album cover though.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 03:11 PM
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oops! I meant might NOT be ...


I can agree with that...

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 05:20 PM
Personally I like the album. I would throw NMCTB as a good version along with DWYNM. The build in to Cross to Bear is very dramatic & you can feel the tension coming from the audience's anticipation. Dickey does a fine job of tearing open those opening notes. I also love this High Falls. While Dickey is often sloppy throughout he does a fine job overall. In fact I can't listen to it without thinking of the sad times surrounding this year and find it touchingly sad and joyful at the same time- just like death . . . Otiel's bass solo is beautiful and so is Derek's. My biggest complaint, if one is to be made, is that JaBuMa is a little long for an official release in this version. And it isn't so much the length as it is a bit repetitive. But as I see the drum solos are most definitely used for a trip to the "powder" room for the rest of the band I understand why it is there.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 06:29 PM
I made the trip from Buffalo to the Beacon during this run to catch the St. Patricks Day show and when Dickey started kicking his equipment in disgust and had a deep down feeling that something was wrong, really wrong. I've seen Bobby do the same thing with his gear before but this seemed altogether different.
I'm going to catch Dickey for the first time since that St. Patricks Day show on June 13th @ the Neighborhood Theatre here in Charlotte, Let's hope that friday the 13th doesn't come into play here (LMAO)
Just kidding i here DB & GS is kicking it these days, can't wait.
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  posted on 6/2/2008 at 08:17 PM
My copy is full of dust. Easily one of the worst ABB live recordings IMO.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2008 at 05:42 AM
When this came out I listened to it alot. Not because of the quality, but because it had live versions of older songs I'd never heard. Since, my IL and archival and trading library has grown substantially, so I play it less. The only thing I would add is that I've had some seats at the Beacon that don't sound much better than this - up high, under the loge etc.

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  posted on 6/3/2008 at 07:05 AM
i hate to admit this but ... i gave my copy away. it should never have been released.
 

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  posted on 6/3/2008 at 07:19 AM
I like High Falls, but the muddy mix makes it hard to listen too.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2008 at 07:20 AM
I believe that High Falls got a grammy nod that year for Rock Instrumental.

 

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