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  posted on 3/21/2004 at 01:11 PM
Our discs are here, though I haven't heard it yet. But I thought you folks might like to here what The AllMusic Guide has to say.

Four stars!

"Do we really need another live double CD by the Allman Brothers Band? Oh yeah. In fact, when they play this well, we need them in droves. This collection marks the second time the Allman Brothers have issued music from their storied shows at the Beacon Theater in New York. The first, Peakin' at the Beacon, was issued in 2000 with Dickey Betts and Derek Trucks in the lineup. Betts had not yet been fired and Warren Haynes was yet to return to the fold. While Betts is a singular voice and is one of the pillars of the ABB's sound, this new version of the band with Trucks and Haynes manning the guitars has gelled into a formidable unit; in fact, they are something spectacular. Add to the fact that Gregg Allman is singing and playing better than at any time in his life (and Haynes is no slouch either), and you have the best live band in the world, bar none. A major plus on this outing is that with the exception of a handful of tracks "Statesboro Blues," "Wasted Words," "Ain't Wastin Time No More," "Dreams," and "Whipping Post" (which closes the set) the other 13 cuts are not usually found on the Brothers' live sets. The versions of the classics are as tough and reverent as can be expected; there is no burden placed on these tracks by virtue of their weight and status in the band's canon which speaks plenty for the power and acumen of these versions. And on the other tunes, including classics like "Midnight Rider" and "Trouble No More," Gregg's powerful country ballad "Old Before My Time," the funky, burning read of "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," "Woman Across the River," and "Worried Down With the Blues," the band is completely unified. Jaimoe and Butch Trucks weave in and through one another to provide an edgy, rollicking ballast to the separate-channel guitars of Derek Trucks and Haynes, who don't duel so much as propel one another to flights of six-string soulfulness and dizzying high-wire pyrotechnics Derek's slide playing is otherworldly; it's full of Indian modal and jazz scales, and Haynes, is, well, Warren Haynes. The other notable thing about One Way Out is its sound. Never has a live mix come across with such immediacy and dynamic tension. This is the sound of a band in the room with you. You are hearing the music as it was made from the stage; the listener is in the mix, not in front of it. Pair this with Hittin' the Note, the studio album from 2003, and you have the sound of a band that has no peers. One Way Out is essential for anyone interested in rock & roll. Period."
Thom Jurek

 

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  posted on 3/21/2004 at 01:26 PM
WOW!! Great review

It's nice to see the band get such positive press! Of course, it's about time the current line-up gets the respect it deserves.

I could go on and on about how great the CD is, and how it brings back such incredible memories from last year's run. But instead I will just say that this CD sounds exactly as the band did. So crank it up and turn your house into the Beacon Theatre for a few hours!!!

 

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  posted on 3/21/2004 at 01:42 PM
Sounds awesome! Can't wait to get it!
 

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  posted on 3/21/2004 at 02:02 PM
Looks like I'll be putting the headphones down and dusting off the JBLs from the inside!

Can't wait.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2004 at 03:28 PM
Thanks to everyone that ordered this wonderful CD from Kid Glove (home of Hittin' the Note magazine)! We really need and appreciate your support!

You can still order it from us, if you haven't already...

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  posted on 3/21/2004 at 03:37 PM
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" the separate-channel guitars of Derek Trucks and Haynes "

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Great!!! They produced "Hittin' The Note" like this and i liked it a lot.
I'm looking forward to this new release with growing anticipation because
in the beginning i was a bit dissapointed that a large number of songs were also on the
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  posted on 3/21/2004 at 03:53 PM
Now that is high praise. I like allmusic a lot and respect their reviews, and man do they like this one, this praise borders on the same type of praise they get in the Fillmore East review if I remember correctly.
 

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  posted on 3/21/2004 at 03:57 PM
Of course, this release is now completely redundant, given the material (re-)introduced into their sets these last 3 days!!

Nevertheless (and despite having burned myself an audio copy of the DVD some months back), I will be going out and buying this tomorrow - assuming it's in UK shops, that is.

 
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  posted on 3/22/2004 at 05:31 PM
Yes it is!

Listened to disc 1 in the car, coming home from work - first impressions,

1. It's got a lot more "punch" than the DVD has, soundwise (and I'm comparing to my audio CDR's I burnt from the DVD, so the playback equipment is the same) - there's a real heavy bottom end to the sound, with Oteil's bass having a particular amount of thunder. I like that!

2. It's more direct and less live-sounding than Instant Live was - there's less audience ambience, and the insutrments are more "in your face"

3. Gregg's vocals really come to life on this CD - I've occasionally thought that Gregg had been guilty once or twice in the recent past, of simply growling his way through songs, without any real inflection or expression. This is belied by the new CD

4. It's great - buy it! (as if you expected me to say otherwise)

Actually, my one disappointment with the CD is with the cover - it's a nice concept, but I felt it could have used a few performance shots in there somewhere. I'm also one of those anal types, who likes the song timings on there as well!

Disc 2 goes on tomorrow morning - I almost (well, it does mean that I'm on my way to work) can't wait...

 
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  posted on 3/22/2004 at 05:49 PM
yes I Like song timings too. What are the song timings...
How long is "Whipping Post"?...I just need to know thats all...
Can someone list them?

 
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  posted on 3/22/2004 at 06:12 PM
Fortunately for us Eddie, they're actually on this site - http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=art icle&sid=324

Maybe we should print a copy of this page, & slip it inside the back cover of the CD!

 
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