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Old 05-27-17, 02:21 PM
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Gregg Allman is now an angel...

From the New York Times:

Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock and jam-band movements, died on Saturday at his home in Savannah, Ga. He was 69.

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A loss.

Live at the Fillmore, Eat a Peach and Bros. and Sisters, all great albums. Nobody liked B&S at the time, missing Duane, but I always loved it. Not as bluesy as stuff with Duane, but with great musicians and great writing.

RIP Greg.
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Misguided angel, perhaps. I'd bet Gregg would agree. He was the classic Southern good ol' bad boy, finally finding some peace with himself after years of rough living.

Coincidentally I was talking with friends Friday night about one of my personal bits of philosophy, cribbed from the closing lyrics of "These Days", written by Jackson Browne when he was only 16. Many singers covered it but Gregg made it his own with his mournful voice and careful tempo. Gregg changed the last line just slightly, enough to give it a wry, doleful twist:

"Please don't confront me with my failures,
I'm aware of them"

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I grew up in Augusta Ga and was 15 when the Allman Bros. were founded. The next songs were anthems of my youth.


I have a vivid memory of the first time I heard this. A musically and socially changing moment for me.

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One of Southern Rock's greats and a influence to many jam bands. RIP
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what happened to him?
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Would Cher agree? No.
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Originally Posted by FXjohn View Post
what happened to him?
I don't think it has been released. He had health issues the last several years.

His 2017 summer tour supporting his last, yet to be released album was cancelled earlier this year.
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Liver cancer.

He had many health issues over the years, had a liver transplant in 2010, had hepatitis C, was a recovered alcoholic and drug user (decades ago).

Was also a remarkable and talented musician. Had a singularly distinctive singing voice, you knew that was Gregg singing.
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A loss.

Live at the Fillmore, Eat a Peach and Bros. and Sisters, all great albums. Nobody liked B&S at the time, missing Duane, but I always loved it. Not as bluesy as stuff with Duane, but with great musicians and great writing.

RIP Greg.

Though I didn't own the Brothers and Sisters album, the Ramblin' Man song is my favorite Allman Bros. song.




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This. 9/23/1970 - Fillmore East

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Was also a remarkable and talented musician. Had a singularly distinctive singing voice, you knew that was Gregg singing.
Unlike Duane, Gregg could sing.
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Sad. I saw them once, in 89 or 90. So, still w/ Dickey Betts, and Allen Woody too. I used to try and listen to Fillmore East side by side w/ Live Dead but they really didn't jibe to me although they did to other people, including friends' parents who had been seeing both bands back then.
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The piano solo on "Jessica" was written to be played with one hand.
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I saw the Allman Bros once, June 9, 1973, the first of a two-day stint at RFK stadium in Washington DC, along with the Grateful Dead. The June 10 audio is available on the archive dot org site -- not sure about the June 9 audio.

I mostly remember the concert as a fine farewell to the quickly fading hippie era. While newspaper accounts and interviews with promoters described the concert as an anarchic near disaster, I don't remember it that way at all. It was hot but my girlfriend and I had a great time. Of course we were only 15, stoned and madly in love, so everything seemed wonderful at the time.

As I recall the Allman Bros sounded a bit dispirited, understandable considering they'd just lost two key members back to back in nearly identical accidents a year apart, just as they were peaking. They never sounded the same again without Duane and Berry Oakley. While Dickie Betts was a talented and versatile guitarist in his own right, having prompted the dual-lead country-jazz riffs, his tone and timing never quite inspired me as Duane's did. It's unfortunate that Betts was ousted from the band before Derek Trucks came along. Derek's style eerily echoes Duane's, without being merely a soundalike cover type player.

The Grateful Dead sounded as good as they ever did, but they were on a roll that year and probably near their all time peak performance power. That was the same year they recorded their live in Europe triple album, which remains the best sounded Dead I've ever heard.
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Excuse me if this has already been posted, I know it's an old thread but great musicians never die...

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The tempo difference between Whipping Post in post #4 and #12 is quite significant. Old men playing slowly in #4 versus the speed of youth in #12!
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For those who like The Allman Brothers and similar bands, check out this free streaming site: Deep Jams Radio - Deep Jams Radio

No affiliation, I just like that site and listen often at work. No ads!

Before I found deepjams.net, I had been listening to classicdeepcuts.com but they play those 1-877-KARS-4-KIDS earworm jingles too often for me to stand.

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