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  posted on 6/26/2014 at 04:10 PM
Having listened again to LAFE and Mountain Jam from EAP I can only conclude that the original was the best. You can hear they are all at one with each other and the musical results are beyond equal live. There are no overdubs or studio retakes just six musicians playing wonderful music together.
 
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  posted on 6/26/2014 at 04:53 PM
Doubt you will get many arguments about that.

After their leader & founder died, I'm sure glad they stuck with it to give us True Gravity, Back Where It All Begins, Melissa, Jessica, Nobody Knows, Ain't Waistin Time No More, Desdemona, Ramblin Man, End of the Line, No One To Run With, Soulshine, High Cost of Low Living, Can't Lose What You Never Had, High Falls, Win Lose or Draw, Wasted Words, Blind Love, Pegasus, Old Friend, Get On With Your Life, Seven Turns, Come On In My Kitchen, Kind of Bird and others.

There is nothing like the original, but what they did starting with the 5-man band and then later is a major part of what makes them my favorite band of all time.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2014 at 04:55 PM
amen to the creators……R.I.P.
 

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  posted on 6/27/2014 at 04:45 AM
No doubt the Original guys!!!!

If the current version had made a couple more albums I would put them at #2,but I gotta go with warren/dickey version as #2,because of the musical creativity.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2014 at 06:13 AM
I agree with fender, The original was no doubt the best, and the Dickey/Warren days sure were special. Listing to those shows now make me appriciate how good those 2 were together. Dickey and Warren gave them a more edgy spontanious sound with some pre song jamming, and hardly any dead space between songs
 

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  posted on 6/27/2014 at 06:44 AM
In Order:
Dickey/Duane
Dickey/Warren
Dickey/Chuck
5-man
Warren/Derek
Dickey/Jack
Derek/Jimmy
Dickey/Derek
Dickey/Dan

 

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  posted on 6/27/2014 at 08:59 AM
No doubt the originals. That was Duane's vision for the best damn music ever .
 

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  posted on 6/27/2014 at 09:06 AM
The originals are a given, for me Dickey, Warren and Woody after that then the current lineup. Very close though
 

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  posted on 6/27/2014 at 01:05 PM
The original lineup was transcendent. Others have ranged from very good to excellent.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2014 at 10:49 PM
The original band was INNOVATION.

Contrast that to the largely horrid Dickey/Dan T band which came off as imitative.

All versions of the band after the Duane era were, to varying degrees, innovative, and it's the innovative lineups that get the most love from the crowd here.

I would call the Dickey/Warren era more innovative than Derek/Warren, if only because the group churned out more original music.

We are Derek fans, so if you are trying to read some kind of insult in this post to get defensive about, it doesn't exist on this end. Just sayin'.

 

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  posted on 6/27/2014 at 11:03 PM
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No doubt the originals. That was Duane's vision for the best damn music ever .


No doubt, followed closely by the Chuck Leavell years.

Imho, everything after that is just a copy.

 

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  posted on 6/28/2014 at 08:50 AM
The current version
 

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  posted on 6/28/2014 at 09:29 AM
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No doubt the originals. That was Duane's vision for the best damn music ever .


No doubt, followed closely by the Chuck Leavell years.

Imho, everything after that is just a copy.


+1

Would have loved to hear a version with the original lineup & Chuck....

 

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  posted on 6/28/2014 at 09:54 AM
is this a trick question?

the originals, no doubt
after that I would go with the current line up, but it is all personal taste and would take any of them (except the early 80s)

 

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  posted on 6/28/2014 at 11:02 AM
Any configuration with Lawler.
 

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  posted on 6/28/2014 at 02:01 PM
There has never been a doubt that the original band was the best by far.
 

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  posted on 6/28/2014 at 02:41 PM
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No doubt the Original guys!!!!

If the current version had made a couple more albums I would put them at #2,but I gotta go with warren/dickey version as #2,because of the musical creativity.


The original lineup is the Genuine Article, in my mind, there is no doubt about that. Where I am conflicted is, on the one hand, I agree with your Dickey/Warren assessment because of the 3 studio albums, and the fact that they stayed more true to their own songs from 89-2000, where I believe the current lineup has been more versatile with regard to playing a wider scope of songs and venturing into territory that I believe they never would have played had the Dickey/Warren lineup continued. So I just conclude to myself that I have been lucky enough to enjoy the best of all 3 worlds.

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  posted on 6/30/2014 at 07:45 AM
I like Soul Stew better than TTB

 

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  posted on 6/30/2014 at 08:36 AM
The original line up is my favorite, with the Chuck/Lamar years a close second. Third favorite would be the Dickey/Warren/Woody years. All of the others you could throw in a hat and choose one.

 

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  posted on 6/30/2014 at 08:47 AM
The originals were in the right place at the right time. Aside from a few original tunes, they topped what was being done by the Brit's in taking existing blues songs and adding a jazz infusion. There were a lot of guitarists playing slide, but Duane took that to a new level.

So in a slight sense, there was nothing all that original about the originals.

The originals also arrived during the era when drugs were an "important" part of the scene and of the creative process. That was all well and good, but it led to moments where it affected the performance. The shows themselves were more cookie-cutter in nature. The set lists didn't differ or vary (at least widely) on a night to night basis.

In the early days, Gregg contributed some of the finest songs in rock history. Dickey's contributions as an instrumental composer might never be matched by anybody.

It's all been an evolution. But if you fast forward past the 5 man band, the keytar years and even the Jack period to the present line-up you arrive at a very different type of band.

Gregg, Jaimoe and Butch are still doing the jobs that they did in the 70's - and doing them well. The three new frontmen - Derek, Warren and Oteil have and maintain a more "adult" approach and skill set than did the original three. They either improvise or play according to arrangement with a high level of reliability.

It is sacrilegious in these parts to suggest that Derek might have eclipsed Duane Allman in skill level. Some will offer that Derek is the new embodiment of Duane. Others point out that where Duane built his phrasing on the inspiration of blues harp players, Derek has reached further into Indian and eastern influences. Here again, I go with the latter. In most every interview with Derek that I have read, he cites and praises Duane as an influence. To say that there would not/could not be Derek without Duane is an understatement. But his building on top of his inspiration is not unlike Werner Von Braun improving over the Wright brothers.

Over the years on this site, I have read and been part of arguments over whether the current line-up has built up the work of the originals or have taken the material and furthered it to their own tastes and skills. I have always sided with the latter.

 

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  posted on 6/30/2014 at 10:20 AM

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