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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 09:57 PM
What's your favorite ABB album since they came back to us for good in 1989?

Hard to believe it's been 20 years since Woody and Warren joined the vets to restore the band to it's previous glories. That middle point in the bands history may have been it's best! Dickey, Warren, and Woody had a healthy competition that really led to some great tunes!

I love every tune on Back Where it All begins.

 
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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 09:59 PM
Back Where It All Begins as well. I also love the live albums (1st and 2nd set)

 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:01 PM
Shades of Two Worlds. No contest. With BWIAB a distant second.

But they're ALL great.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:01 PM
IMO, back Where It All Begins is the best album they ever did without Duane.
 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:18 PM
Shades of Two Worlds.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:29 PM
PEAKIN AT THE BEACON is an underrated album. Ok not the best, but I always listen and enjoy it. ONE WAY OUT has better sound, and features Derek and Warren.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:32 PM
i'd say shades of two worlds or where it all begins. i call 1990-1995 the dickey betts band years. seemed like dickey betts just got the rest of the allman brothers to join his current band. the sound is even closer to mainstream rock music at the time than most of anything the ABB did their entire career. betts wrote/cowrote 7 or the 9 tracks on seven turns, 5 of the 8 tracks on shades and 5 of the 10 tracks on WIAB. plus the 2 live evening cds released during that time 8 of the 17 tracks are betts tunes
 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:35 PM
But keep in mind that Dickey was also the architech of the disasterous Brothers Of the Road years. Those albums wouldn't have happened with Warren and Woody.
 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:35 PM
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IMO, back Where It All Begins is the best album they ever did without Duane.


My pick would be Brothers and Sisters because of Chuck's huge contribution plus Dickey's great songs, then SOTW and then BWIAB.

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:40 PM
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But keep in mind that Dickey was also the architech of the disasterous Brothers Of the Road years. Those albums wouldn't have happened with Warren and Woody.


What? Gregg was absent. Someone had to streer the ship.

You can't lay that all on Dickey. It's a four man partnetship. No decision got made unless all 4 agreed.

I would also maintain that Dickey steered the ship during the band's most successful years, both financially, and arguably, artistically. Under Dickey's leadership from '72 to '75 they were the biggest band in the US and possibly the world. Even the Dickey haters - and there are plenty of those - can't argue that fact.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 10:44 PM
Well, personally I am a huge Dickey fan. I feel the band really needs him, it's just not the same without him no matter how great Warren and Derek are.

Bring Dickey back.

But I do feel that without Duane and before Warren and Woody he led the band down the country road a bit too far. They began to sound too much like .38 Special.

Now I love country--it's my favorite kind of music.

But the brothers are a blues band at heart.

 

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Well, personally I am a huge Dickey fan. I feel the band really needs him, it's just not the same without him no matter how great Warren and Derek are.

Bring Dickey back.

But I do feel that without Duane and before Warren and Woody he led the band down the country road a bit too far. They began to sound too much like .38 Special.

Now I love country--it's my favorite kind of music.

But the brothers are a blues band at heart.


With all due respect, they sounded NOTHING like .38 Special. And I think 98% of the people on this board would agree with that statement. I don't mean this to sound cruel, but if you didn't even see the band live until '94 , how can you make statements about what they sounded like in the '70s and the '80s?

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 11:01 PM
I have listened to the studio albums from those years.

They did not sound like the ABB.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 11:05 PM
BTW, anyone can get an idea what they sounded like then by not only listening to the albums but by watching DVDs or looking at videos. It's all a matter of public record now.
 

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  posted on 10/19/2009 at 11:31 PM

I'm gonna go with "Hittin The Note".

I like all the albums mentioned but I think HTN sounds
the closest to the original band.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 12:59 AM
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I have listened to the studio albums from those years.

They did not sound like the ABB.


Agreed. Not the ABB I grew up with.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 06:15 AM
BWIAB has the most classic songs of the albums since 1989. I'd say that Seven Turns and SOTW tie for second with HTN a distant fourth. You just can't go wrong with No One To Run With, Sailin' On The Devil's Sea, Soulshine (though it's been played ad nauseam), and the title track.
 
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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 07:08 AM
Here would be my list.

Studio

1. Hittin The Note
2. Back Where It All Begins
3. Shades of Two Worlds
4. Seven Turns

Live

1. 2nd Set
2. One Way Out
3. 1st Set
4. Peakin' At The Beacon

 

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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 08:22 AM
I'll go with Hittin' The Note. The more I listen to HTN the more I like it.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 10:34 AM
My vote here would be Hittin' The Note. I think overall it's a stronger record than Back Where It All Begins.

 

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I'm a fan of all four albums. They don't sound exactly like the ABB of the 1970s but then again, Brothers & Sisters didn't sound a lot like Fillmore East either.

My favorite front to back is probably Back Where It All Begins. Seven Turns is one I play the entire record of to this day. HTN and Shades have high peaks with some of their greatest songs Nobody Knows, End of the Line, High Cost of Low Living, Kind of Bird, Desdemona, Old Friend, but not everything is at that level.

Glad they have made all four, as well as Gregg's one solo album from 1997. These are all bonus miles for me considering I thought I was too young to ever get to see the band (graduated HS in 1987).

 

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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 10:57 AM
I've loved everything they ever put out. I've loved every cover they have ever played. I've loved every lineup too. Hell I'm just glad to be here..................
 

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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 11:16 AM
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Shades of Two Worlds. No contest. With BWIAB a distant second.

But they're ALL great.


Only thing I would change is BWIAB close second. But still second.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 11:32 AM
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I'm gonna go with "Hittin The Note".

I like all the albums mentioned but I think HTN sounds
the closest to the original band.



I agree. For me its "Hittin The Note" by a pretty large margin. Not only does it sound the closest to the original lineup, but it has a "looseness" about it that I really like. It sounds closer to a live performance than the other albums post-1989. The overall feel is very organic and not overly processed. The mix is just right for the ABB sound. Not to say those other albums don't have some very good songs on them, but HTN I can listen start to finish and it really holds my interest. Also, "Desdemona", and "High Cost" have become two of my favorite ABB songs of all time. "Desdemona" is perfection put to music. It has everything I love in an Allman Brothers Band song - Great vocals, brilliant lyrics, cool chord changes and a snappy Jazz-infused instrumental break with some stunning guitar playing from Derek and Warren. It's a great ABB album centerpiece - the real deal.



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  posted on 10/20/2009 at 11:34 AM
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But keep in mind that Dickey was also the architech of the disasterous Brothers Of the Road years. Those albums wouldn't have happened with Warren and Woody.


What? Gregg was absent. Someone had to streer the ship.

You can't lay that all on Dickey. It's a four man partnetship. No decision got made unless all 4 agreed.

I would also maintain that Dickey steered the ship during the band's most successful years, both financially, and arguably, artistically. Under Dickey's leadership from '72 to '75 they were the biggest band in the US and possibly the world. Even the Dickey haters - and there are plenty of those - can't argue that fact.


only thing i'll say to that is imo (i am too young to really know) it doesn't seem the allman brothers were ever the biggest band in america. maybe i'm wrong since i wasn't there but didn't the CSNY '74 tour do better than anyother tour that year? also the alice cooper group on 1973 for the billion dollar babies album/tour was the highest earning american band that year

 
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