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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 12:47 PM
I never keep anything short... But I'll try...

When the ABB started doing Instant Lives in 2003, I bought EVERY SINGLE ONE from 2003 to 2005. In 2006 I only bought about half of them. And then only a handful from 2007 and now a couple from 2008. (financial reasons). Plus since I did a lot of live taping before that and traded so much, I have a massive amount of ABB shows from 1969 to present. (which is wonderful, I'll take even more)

Well, I want to go back and try to get as much of the 2006 to present shows as I can, before it's too late. (in fact my goal would be all of them, but I think I missed a few 2006 that might not be available anymore). So I am buying a bunch from HTN, but also utilizing some from download from munchmix, now that they have flac files... And all I can say is Gregg Allman's voice on every 2007 disc I've heard so far is just absolutely beautiful. I have been blown away with how consistantly perfect he is on those shows. I can't wait to get more and more and more...

 
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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 01:59 PM
So glad Gregg is better....hope he is around for a long time.

 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 02:55 PM
I suppose people say he doesn't have the range he used to, but I prefer his voice now, throaty and gravelly. Not complaining about the old stuff mind you, just the sound since they reformed in '89 has been awesome to me.

 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 03:35 PM
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I suppose people say he doesn't have the range he used to, but I prefer his voice now, throaty and gravelly. Not complaining about the old stuff mind you, just the sound since they reformed in '89 has been awesome to me.


Yeah, apparently last year was a real peak. I LOVED his voice when I got into the brothers in the early 90's, but after he cleaned up i noticed a big change in the timbre of his voice. It got higher and even clearer, even though the gravel remained. And then I realized that although I loved his early 90's voice, there was a slight deepness and slur that I don't enjoy to hear so much now. (Maybe I associate it with Gregg still doing drugs, because I am proud that he cleaned himself up). However he has started to lose some range or at least some consistancy with his range. But when he is on, I love his voice better now than ever. And it sounds (so far from what I've heard) that 2007 was amazing for that. Incidentally, I do associate some of the loss of consistancy to the fact that the band's repretoire has grown extensively and therefore he is not on auto-pilot singing the same songs every night. There is a lot of truth to that with musicians.

 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 07:41 PM
It is so evident that Gregg's voice has improved an enormous amount since he quit drinking, drugs and smoking butts. So many rock stars say they've "cleaned up" and the next thing you know, they're back in rehab. With Gregg, the proof is in the recordings. Take a listen to "An Evening With - Second Set" and you'll hear it right there. Compare the recording of "No One To Run With" on that album to any recent Instant Lives and you'll hear the difference immediately. Gregg sounds like he has a sock in his throat on "Second Set," while in recent years his voice has improved and aged like a fine wine.
 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 07:56 PM
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I suppose people say he doesn't have the range he used to, but I prefer his voice now, throaty and gravelly. Not complaining about the old stuff mind you, just the sound since they reformed in '89 has been awesome to me.


Understandable... Personally, I thought the '73 Tour when Gregg was standing out front with that silver guitar, just howlin'.... "Done somebody wrong" was when he sounded best.

 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 08:19 PM
Well he is Gregg Allman the greatest damn singer ever to walk this rock.

I don't care who disagrees you are effing wrong Gregg is the best damn singer ever.

 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 10:27 PM
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Well he is Gregg Allman the greatest damn singer ever to walk this rock.

I don't care who disagrees you are effing wrong Gregg is the best damn singer ever.


You said it, hon.

 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 10:47 PM
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Well he is Gregg Allman the greatest damn singer ever to walk this rock.

I don't care who disagrees you are effing wrong Gregg is the best damn singer ever.


You said it, hon.


 

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  posted on 9/25/2008 at 07:18 AM
I was very fortunate last year to hit a half-dozen or more shows, and I can honestly say that my opinion is that the two shows I saw this year (so far!!) have Gregg sounding even better (if that is possible) than 2007. He just sounds stronger, IMHO. This is not to take anything away from all of those who commented that last year was the best year. I am not saying or even hinting that last year wasn't awesome. Cuz' it was!!!!

I just think that the time Gregg took off this year has really helped him develop his sound better, maybe even boosted his own personal confidence in what he can do.

I remember listening to the show in Camden this summer and not even thinking about Gregg's voice, just realizing how tight everything sounded, how great the band as a whole was.

I love hearing the difference in Gregg's voice, listening to the early 70's stuff, all the way through today. It has changed, evolved. But it has always been a comforting sound to me. I have loved the ABB for 25 years, since the first time I realized who I was listening to.

Look out 2009! This man is on top of his game, and we are all so lucky to have him still wanting to do what we love him doing.

GO GREGG!!!!!

 

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  posted on 9/25/2008 at 07:44 AM
His voice is comming through crystal clear on the 3 shows I have from 2008. Real nice.

 

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