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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 07:58 AM
Why is the band doing covers on it's 40th anniversary? Still no "Leave My Blues At Home", "Every Hungry Woman", "Revival", "True Gravity", "Good Clean Fun", "Low Down Dirty Mean" and others. "Dixie", "Whos Been Talkin" don't contribute much.
 
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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:05 AM
They played revival last week

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:08 AM
They did Leave my Blues at Home on 3/9 and 3/12 and Revival on 3/10 and 3/14.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:14 AM
Still, why covers when they have SO many great originals?

I think that was the original premise....

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:15 AM
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Still, why covers when they have SO many great originals?

I think that was the original premise....


And your answer is?

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:16 AM
Appetizers...

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:18 AM
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Why is the band doing covers on it's 40th anniversary?

A lot of the covers are taken from the repertoire of their guests. It's more interesting than having every guest sit in on either Southbound or One Way Out.
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Still no "Leave My Blues At Home", "Every Hungry Woman", "Revival", "True Gravity", "Good Clean Fun", "Low Down Dirty Mean" and others. "Dixie", "Whos Been Talkin" don't contribute much.

Low Down Dirty Mean was last played in 1992, and True Gravity was last played in 2000. It's not like they were going to do those songs this run if the guests didn't come. And just about anything that keeps Good Clean Fun off the setlist is fine with me!

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:18 AM
They do their great originals AND the covers-did you hear the Mountain Jam Dazed and Confused jam-that was not interesting to you?I think the covers add an entirely new dimension as well as a tip of the hat if you will to the original artists. I really enjoy the covers and encourage it.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:29 AM
Covers have always been a part of their repitoire, why would they change that now? There are a lot of ABB songs that fell out of rotation long ago, some they play only occasionally, and some they play pretty regularly. Personally I think they do a great job mixing it up, both with their own stuff and covers.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:33 AM
They have always mixed in covers with originals for 40 years, why stop doing this on your 40th anniversary?
 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:50 AM
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Low Down Dirty Mean was last played in 1992, and True Gravity was last played in 2000. It's not like they were going to do those songs this run if the guests didn't come. And just about anything that keeps Good Clean Fun off the setlist is fine with me!


i love that song

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:57 AM
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Why is the band doing covers on it's 40th anniversary? Still no "Leave My Blues At Home", "Every Hungry Woman", "Revival", "True Gravity", "Good Clean Fun", "Low Down Dirty Mean" and others. "Dixie", "Whos Been Talkin" don't contribute much.


If they didn't do covers we would probably not have the ABB, I mean the first songs they did were covers and even after they started writing they still kept adding in more. "One Way Out", "Hoochie Coochie Man" etc. And as far as I'm concerned "Who's Been Talkin?" is just an extention of that. I think that song contributes a LOT!

I agree there are original songs that should get rotated in like "All Night Train", "Sailin' 'Cross the Devil's Sea", "Kind of Bird". Unfortunately things like "Low Down Dirty Mean" which was written by Dickey & Johnny (I believe) will probably not get mixed in just because without it being a huge fan favorite and also not written by any current members of the band, it probably isn't something the band is that interested in revisiting. Although, I would really love to hear them do Jack's "I'm Not Crying" again.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 09:00 AM
Oh and to answer the "why?" question... Why not? There are a couple good reasons to do a cover song:

#1) You love the song and you're passionate about experiencing the vibe you create between yourself and an audience to play it.

#2) You have an idea for an interpretation that is interesting. It gives the creativity of arrangement, without the writing.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 10:22 AM
I think this topic probably irritates me more than any other. This band has always played cover songs, lots of them...take a look.

More than half the songs on the Fillmore Deluxe edition are covers, like it or not. Is there any difference in covering "One Way Out", "Statesboro Blues" or "Stormy Monday" in 1971 than covering "44 Blues", "Gilded Splinters", or "Who's Been Talkin" in 2009? No there isn't. Come on guys, get a grip. Cover songs have always been in The ABB's setlist and always will be. Every song they do has a ABB flavour and ends up turnning to pure gold. This lineup also plays more ABB originals than any other lineup...they play everything.


At Fillmore East Deluxe Edition

Disc one
"Statesboro Blues" (McTell) 4:17
"Trouble No More" (Morganfield) 3:43
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" (G. Allman) 3:27
"Done Somebody Wrong" (James) 4:33
"Stormy Monday" (Walker) 8:48
"One Way Out" (Sehorn, Williamson, James) 4:56
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (Betts) 13:04
"You Don't Love Me" (Cobbs) 19:24
"Midnight Rider" (G. Allman) 2:55

Disc two
"Hot 'Lanta" (D. Allman, G. Allman, Betts, Oakley, Johanson, Trucks) 5:20
"Whipping Post" (G. Allman) 22:53
"Mountain Jam" (Leitch, D. Allman, G.Allman, Betts, Oakley, Johanson, Trucks) 33:39
"Drunken Hearted Boy" (Bishop) 7:33



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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 10:52 AM
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And just about anything that keeps Good Clean Fun off the setlist is fine with me!


Agreed. One of their worst tunes.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 10:57 AM
I think the covers are also a means to freshen up the setlist for themselves. Some of them work like "The Weight", "Into the Mystic", and especially Warren's Howlin Wolf tunes - "44 Blues" is one of their best tunes by this lineup. Some don't work or aren't terribly interesting like "The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down" (a total momentum killer) or "And It Stoned Me". I know it's disappointing if a tune pops up that you don't want to hear, but these guys have earned to right to sing the songs that they want to sing at this point.

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They do their great originals AND the covers-did you hear the Mountain Jam Dazed and Confused jam-that was not interesting to you?I think the covers add an entirely new dimension as well as a tip of the hat if you will to the original artists. I really enjoy the covers and encourage it.


Exactly, and no one complains when Duane starts playing Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone From the Sun" during "Mountain Jam". Or Donovan's "First There Is A Mountain" for that matter.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 08:58 PM

I agree that covers are a central part of the ABB history. It's part of celebrating and paying homage to a tradition in music that they draw such inspiration from. I believe they mix it up pretty well. And like EddyP said, the Wolf tunes or other blues classics are in keeping with a lot of what this band has been about. Those are great old blues tunes that get a whole new energy and fire with the ABB treatment. With the Beacon Runs, I agree that having guests add to the celebration and playing there tunes keeps things fresh over three weeks. Besides when there is great overlap or history with the guests, I think it works very nicely.

Warren is such a wonderful cover musician in addition to his other talents. He can really preserve the integrity of a tune while still giving it a little something uniquely Warren. Many covers just fall flat and you crave the original artist, not usually the case with Warren in the Mule or ABB. I will say there are some selections that don't quite fit the ABB vibe at times and I'd rather they dig out a few originals they rarely play. So I get that to an extent.

I actually don't mind Good, Clean, Fun...decent tune live. There are a handful on the 90's albums that I don't miss hearing though. I would love to hear some more of these:

Sailin' across the Devil's Sea
All Night Traine
End of the Line
Gambler's Roll (we heard once, but really like it)
High Cost of Low Living
maydell
Change is Gonna Come (on the DVD)

and this band could do a nice job on Kind Of Bird

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 09:40 PM
Gregg could sing the phone book and I'd feel very entertained.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 09:48 PM
Man, even when there is nothing wrong with the Allman Brothers doing their 40th Aniversary Beacon Run, some one still finds plenty to bitch about.

If Greg to the another year of, then you can bitch about it, but the ABB doing covers.....jeez there is no pleasing some people.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 11:29 PM
half their songs are covers. as mentioned and listed the AFE is full of covers. dont want you no more is a cover (spencer davis group). mountain jam is a cover (ok, the riff is based off of a donovan song). the thing is when the ABB covers a song, they make it their own, and take it to the stratosphere.

 

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  posted on 3/18/2009 at 11:37 PM
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Gregg could sing the phone book and I'd feel very entertained.


Amen, Tinsley!

 

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  posted on 3/19/2009 at 12:29 AM
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Gregg could sing the phone book and I'd feel very entertained.

A - L or M - Z? (Makes a difference, you know ... )

 

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  posted on 3/19/2009 at 12:32 AM
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Gregg could sing the phone book and I'd feel very entertained.


Agreed!

 

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  posted on 3/19/2009 at 12:35 AM
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Gregg could sing the phone book and I'd feel very entertained.


Agreed!


Gregg could sneeze and you'd be entertained !

 

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  posted on 3/19/2009 at 12:42 AM
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Agreed!


Gregg could sneeze and you'd be entertained !


AGREED!

 

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