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  posted on 12/25/2008 at 02:21 PM
Gregg Allman on Hammond, Tape and Shrooms
Gregg Allman talks (and laughs) about music and a bunch of other stuff
Thursday, December 25, 2008
By Sean Corbett

Gregg Allman

8 p.m. Dec. 30. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd., Ridgefield. (203) 438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.com.

I've got Gregg Allman on the line and he's telling me a story about the time he and the rest of the Allman Brothers Band lived together and ate psilocybin tablets (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) every day for eight weeks.

Suddenly I realize that he misunderstood my question. It's not that I don't want to know about the drug-filled life of a rock star, but I haven't asked about it yet.

He's calling from his home studio in Savannah, Ga., and I can hear him greeting his band mates "Hey good mornin,' come on in, have some coffee." And he turns back to the phone, "Sorry, man, we're all still wakin' up," he says, laughing.

The Allman Brothers Band has been around since 1969, but they're not washed up, as dreadfully old and rehearsed as the Rolling Stones or as defunct as Pink Floyd. The Allmans are still a fully functional rock band with a new power from lead guitarist Warren Haynes and a Zen smoothness that Duane Allman once possessed, but which now resides in the form of blues slide guitarist Derek Trucks.

But it's Gregg's fingers tickling the keys of that Hammond organ that have really set the tone for the band over all these years. I wanted to know when Gregg realized he and the Hammond would become inseparable forever. And so he told a little story about the first concert he ever saw, at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, when he was nine. He's filled the auditorium 12 times himself.

"It was headlined by Jackie Wilson. I was in the cheap seats, with a big post in front of me. Spent half the night rubber-necking around it." He laughs again. "Next up was Otis Redding. After him was a guy named B.B. King, who had a dude with a big old pompadour playin' a big piece of furniture, a Hammond organ. And he had a big ol' James Brown haircut with a little peroxide in it that turned it flaming red, man. And that just knocked me out. And the sound that was comin' out of that damn Hammond with those three horn players, ain't nothin' like it."

I didn't know what to expect from a Gregg Allman conversation. I'd grown up listening to his music with my mom and dad and had only heard him sing. I knew he'd been on the road for about 40 years straight, though, and figured he must have some great stories.

I tell Gregg how I listened to an original print of the Allman Brothers Band's 1972 album Eat a Peach the night before to prepare for our conversation. It was the last studio album his brother [guitarist] Duane performed on. He didn't live long enough to see its success. It's only got eight songs on it, plus a two-part "Mountain Jam," but it takes up four sides of vinyl. That means you can't just sit there and listen. You need to become an active participant. I've listened to vinyl for about two years, but I already know there's something special about getting up to flip the record.

Gregg agrees. Little did I know, talking about vinyl, film and anything else analog is just about his favorite thing to do.

"Those things have a certain warmth that comes through 'em," he says. "Like yesterday, I did this photo session. And this cat, he was using film, you know? I noticed it right away and I said, man, that is great. You got to be all right. He was from Rolling Stone, but..." And he laughs again. I never got to ask him what he meant by "but," but I think we all know.

"Yeah, man, you know we still record on tape," he says, "And then mix down digitally with Pro Tools. It's a lot faster that way. Even with [producer Tom] Dowd, the last thing we worked on [Shades of Two Worlds in 1991], he called us 'damned analog **** s.' And we said, 'No, man, we just want to record it analog.' And he says, 'What about the tape-stretches?' And I said, well, tape stretches! Tape slows down sometimes. Matter of fact, I can play you some Sam & Dave song I tell ya what, I can give you the title of the song: 'When Something's Wrong With My Baby.' That sucker slows down. You know, put a click track on that, man. But I'm tellin' ya, there ain't a more soulful tune, a song with more feeling in it, that's ever been over the airwaves."

I wanted to get back to Eat a Peach. The art on the inside cover of that album is spectacular. It's a psychedelic landscape filled with mythical characters doing various mythical farming activities that result in shroom collection, and they're all living together in the mountains. I wanted to see what Gregg had to say about it, if he even recalled it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

"I'm sitting here looking at just what you're talking about," he says. "We make blankets like that. They're knitted and I thought the colors could have been much, much brighter. Cuz that's, I mean, there's a lot of stuff goin' on. But everything is there. Everything is intact. All the creatures are there. We've got the hamburger house and the guy with the shroom and at times, man, we had named all these dudes."

"Oh, so you guys were pretty into that art, then?" I ask. This is where I think he heard, "So, you guys really took a lot of shrooms, huh?"

"Oh man, you mean like, psilocybin?" he says. "Well, mushrooms were our logo and this guy came by from the University of Florida. And I guess he was going to school to become a chemist. I'm not gonna give any names, but...." Another laugh.

"Anyway, he had taken the essence of psilocybin and extracted it from the mushroom and put it into tablets. So happens, he had a shopping bag full of 'em.

"And so for about eight weeks ... we'd get up in the morning, we'd have some breakfast and we'd take one of these red things that this guy had bestowed upon us, which were absolutely pure and organic. And I mean they weren't at all like LSD. I mean it wasn't raining fire, it wasn't, we weren't seein' God's eyes all over the place. It's just a little further than reefer.

"We'd start playin' and the next thing we know it'd be dark! [laughter] Man, we went some places [big laughter]. Then we finally got a four-track Sony reel-to-reel and we started recording all these, ah, [laughter] days that we played and I'm still trying to locate those tapes.

"And it's not like this is going to be any great search by my people, but I've just kind of been lookin' here and lookin' there and kind of wondering, well, where would they have gone?"

editor@newhavenadvocate.com


[Edited on 12/27/2008 by Mulehead1]

 

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  posted on 12/25/2008 at 02:28 PM
Ol' Gregg's getting chatty here lately he must be feeling good and that's great.

 

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  posted on 12/25/2008 at 02:37 PM
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Ol' Gregg's getting chatty here lately he must be feeling good and that's great.

That's what I'm thinking!

 

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  posted on 12/25/2008 at 03:28 PM
Yeah,

He does seem to be at a good place in his life and I'm happy for him.

Wish he would name those characters in the inside or the EAP album cover

 

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  posted on 12/25/2008 at 03:44 PM
wonder where those tapes went - sure would love to hear 'em!!!

 

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  posted on 12/25/2008 at 04:18 PM
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wonder where those tapes went - sure would love to hear 'em!!!


I second this.

 

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  posted on 12/26/2008 at 09:07 PM
Bump for those who may have missed it due to Christmas.^

 

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  posted on 12/26/2008 at 09:18 PM
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and this guy came by from the University of Florida.
GO GATORS!
And you thought all they were famous for was Gatorade.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2008 at 08:59 AM
I wonder why the tabs are gone from history?
 

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  posted on 12/27/2008 at 10:51 AM
Where do I get one of those blankets? Great article and thanks for posting

 

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  posted on 12/27/2008 at 11:13 AM
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Where do I get one of those blankets? Great article and thanks for posting



We just got my daughter one for Christmas. You can get them at HTN.

 

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  posted on 12/27/2008 at 11:14 AM
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Where do I get one of those blankets? Great article and thanks for posting



We just got my daughter one for Christmas. You can get them at HTN.



http://www.hittinthenote.com/cart/p-673-eat-a-peach-throwbr50-x-70.aspx

 

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