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Author: Subject: I just picked up the Brothers Of the Road DVD on Amazon

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 12:41 PM
Someone just posted a used copy on there to sell for $3.00 + $2.98 shipping. I guess they didn't look out there and see it was out of print and nobody was selling it under $40.

I've never seen this, and assume it's pretty bad due to the era that it was from, anyone have any reviews on it?

 
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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 12:53 PM
Dangerous Dan Toler is alright by me. Its footage of 2 shows .
the first is an outdoor show. The lighting is horrible. It's a day time show and the
glare of the Sun is tough on the visuals. The second show is a indoor show
at the Capital theater.

The best parts of this DVD are the hotel jams, and studio jams.

Gregg does an amazing solo acoustic "Come and Go Blues" that is the highlight of the video for me.

And the fabulous Mike Lawler key-tar solo!

[Edited on 3/21/2009 by spacemonkey]

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 12:54 PM
I likey.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 12:55 PM
Its great. They play everything extreamly fast. It was a bad period for them recording wise but live, Dickey in particular was at his very best. Just ignore the Keytar and I think you'll enjoy it.
 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 12:58 PM
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Just ignore the Keytar


How is this done..oh wise one?

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 01:06 PM
Rock that Keytar, Lawler!

They do play everything really fast. Whipping Post is a 20 minute version in 10 minutes LOL. Good playing though. Gregg's solo version of Come & Go Blues is worth the price alone.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 01:10 PM
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How is this done..oh wise one?


Good question.

That is the one thing I feared/seceretly looked forward to seeing.

I've been looking for this cheap for awhile, so I'm looking forward to watching it.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 02:41 PM
I really like the dvd, it is a time capsule into the ABB's 'lost era' but the playing is real good.

I don't recall any keytar in this video. Gotta check again.

I like the opening computerised announcement "hello rodeo fans!"

Dickey looked pretty weird back then. He started looking better after the 89 reunion... longer hair, more interesting clothing and hats.

Gregg's voice seemed pretty shot back then, that has improved over time.

Them backup singers look pretty weird, is that guy wearing spandex? Who was that guy?

DYLAN SHALL RISE!

[Edited on 3/21/2009 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 04:11 PM
A 20 minute WP in 10 minutes? 1981? <chop> <sniff> <snort>

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 04:52 PM
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I really like the dvd, it is a time capsule into the ABB's 'lost era' but the playing is real good.

I don't recall any keytar in this video. Gotta check again.

I like the opening computerised announcement "hello rodeo fans!"

Dickey looked pretty weird back then. He started looking better after the 89 reunion... longer hair, more interesting clothing and hats.

Gregg's voice seemed pretty shot back then, that has improved over time.

Them backup singers look pretty weird, is that guy wearing spandex? Who was that guy?

DYLAN SHALL RISE!

[Edited on 3/21/2009 by BarrySmith]


The outdoor show was recorded at the University of Florida in Gainesville....some of the comments by the fans before the show are pretty funny.

The indoor show was shot at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ, and is quite good for that period, I think.

Dickey's hotel jam is interesting in that Mike Lawler plays an acoustic guitar (and is pretty good) while Dickey, guitarless, chugs beers and plays Pony Boy hambone style.

The backup singers are (were) Keith English and Bonnie Gallie. Don't ask me where they are now....

And the keytar makes it's presence known in One Way Out.

Dangerous Dan really rips it up during WP....

 

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  posted on 3/21/2009 at 05:19 PM
Yeah, I remember rushing down to the nearest Tower Records when this came out. I was the most impressed with the "Come and go blues" segment and the Motel room jam. Come & Go, was cool because I learned to play this song by watching Gregg's hands on the guitar. The rest of the VHS tape, I believe I've watched maybe twice. You wouldn't purchase this for some one that was not a fan.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:59 AM
rare footage of Dickey playing hambone on Danny Blue from the hotel jams!

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 01:18 PM
I didn't realize how bad clothes were back then in the early 80s.

Look at the kind of baseball hats everyone wore, those tall ugly ones. Knee-high tube socks, bad polo shirts, etc. Check out what the Toler Bros. are wearing, so dated.

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 01:31 PM
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I didn't realize how bad clothes were back then in the early 80s.

Look at the kind of baseball hats everyone wore, those tall ugly ones. Knee-high tube socks, bad polo shirts, etc. Check out what the Toler Bros. are wearing, so dated.

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[Edited on 3/22/2009 by BarrySmith]


Counld not disagree more on the baseball hats. I can't stand the curved brim, shaped to the head caps that people wear today. They look like Beaver Cleaver. A grown man wearing one with shorts looks like an overgrown kid. The coolest guy in the video is the guy with the plaid shirt and the tall truckers hat. The farmer look. A roadie?

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 07:47 PM
Somewhere around here, I have the Gainseville concert, taped off PBS about 18 years ago! I remember it being a decent show, but even then, I knew Lawler's synth solos were out of place. He does play some nice piano on a few songs, though. It's also kinda neat seeing Dickey playing slide.

One thing I find funny about this video is there's a bit where Gregg is seen sitting down with a 12 string acoustic, but then when the next song starts, he's playing a six string. Looks like sloppy editing to me! I wonder how many songs he actually played guitar on for that show.

The other thing that always stood out in my mind was seeing David Goldflies take his sunglasses off during Whipping Post. Oh, and I also like the shot of Dan Toler where you can see his guitar reflected in his shades. That's somehow a really cool shot.

Unfortunately, I missed out on my chance to get the DVD, and I also never bothered getting either VHS release of the two shows, so I've never seen the hotel room footage or the Passaic concert. I wonder if there's any chance the DVD will ever be reissued.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 08:03 PM
I like it when Lawler quotes "Peace Train" during his solo in "Jessica"
 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 10:20 PM
I got this DVD at best buy a few years back along with Beginnings and Led Zeppelin I. Obviously the band is not the most desirable, with no Jaimoe, and that rediculous keyboard player, however, as others have mentioned, there are some gems. The guitar work is fantastic, the jams are great. I wish Dickey would do more jazz stuff like he did on one of those hotel songs. I love analog synthesizers, but Mike Lawler's keytar (a Moog Liberation FYI) solo, complete with over-the-top "O" faces is a bunch of bullsh!t. I was watching it one day, maybe jamming to it, and my step-dad saw the segment of One Way Out that I just described, he humourously remarked "somebody shoot him in the head!". Its rediculous, and out of place for an ABB song. At least a blues one. It would have been cool if Chuck could have incorporated a Minimoog if the ABB took on a more fusion sound in '73 and beyond. But alas, they did not...

The video is entertaining though to a fan for what its worth. We've got the "lost band" and the current band, what we need now is an ABB video from like 1970-1974 or something. I doubt theres any footage from '69, but it would be awesome! All the Duane stuff, the ABC show with Berry in 1972, and some of the "hay-day" of the ABB in 1973/1974.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:44 PM
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There is the Fillmore boots with Duane in '70 (poor quality), The "Rock Concert" footage with Lamar and Chuck in '73, "Brothers Of The Road" with Tolar in '81, "Live At Great Woods" (VHS prefered) with Warren in '92, "At The Beacon" with Warren and Derek from 2003. So there is a pretty good video history available. I don't know of any with Barry and not Duane tho'.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2009 at 11:44 PM
You Don't Love Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrBxbMGqWEs

Statesboro Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JToo3iwTOso

Blue Sky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FIw7wa1QJs

Ramblin' Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WGVW7byRCA

Jessica
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfM6nRVBvGs

Daddy Blue
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZwHn-T6rQg

The Preacher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMfTD8ja2UQ

Come And Go Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T75YklbUXj8

The Judgement
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1xkKAAP2fg



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  posted on 3/23/2009 at 12:08 AM
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rare footage of Dickey playing hambone on Danny Blue from the hotel jams!


You are correct. Got DB mixed up with Pony Boy....

 

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  posted on 3/23/2009 at 01:06 AM
the full ganiesville concert was on tv sometime back
it was a full abb concert with no edits.
as for the dvd..the price is right..get it.

 

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There is the Fillmore boots with Duane in '70 (poor quality), The "Rock Concert" footage with Lamar and Chuck in '73, "Brothers Of The Road" with Tolar in '81, "Live At Great Woods" (VHS prefered) with Warren in '92, "At The Beacon" with Warren and Derek from 2003. So there is a pretty good video history available. I don't know of any with Barry and not Duane tho'.


The 1970 footage is excellent quality, but has gone thru many generations of copying, and thus the picture is a bit fuzzy and degraded. Where is the original or a low gen copy? That would be great to see.

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  posted on 3/23/2009 at 08:39 AM
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it was a full abb concert with no edits.


is that floating around for trade anywhere?

 

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  posted on 3/26/2009 at 05:26 PM
This was well worth the $6 that I paid for it. I watched it this afternoon. While not at their best, still better than I expected.

I liked the outdoor show better, the other one was played like they were in a hurry.

It's still better than the DVD release of Great Woods.

 

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  posted on 3/26/2009 at 08:38 PM
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This was well worth the $6 that I paid for it. I watched it this afternoon. While not at their best, still better than I expected.

I liked the outdoor show better, the other one was played like they were in a hurry.

It's still better than the DVD release of Great Woods.


Whoever decided to splice interviews with the live footage should be SHOT....

 

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