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  posted on 8/17/2004 at 10:13 AM
Hi Friends,

If you're down, listen to Dreams. If you're wondering what's worth appreciating in your life, listen to Dreams.
I've heard this song thousands of times, but it's mystical quality still haunts me.

I'd like to thank Gregg for writing a song that always lifts me up and helps me keep on going.

I'd love to hear from folks who've been touched by what Gregg once said was: "The only song I had with me when I showed up to join the band."

Thanks a bunch!

 

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  posted on 8/17/2004 at 10:31 AM
That song makes the insides of me tingle

 

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  posted on 8/17/2004 at 10:31 AM
and you can't just listen to it. You have to sing with it

 

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  posted on 8/17/2004 at 03:42 PM
Good post -- I loved the version that came out on the Gregg Allman Tour album with the orchestra, Tommy Talton's slide playing & Randall Bramlett's sax solo. Even the demo version that came out on the box set of the same name I thought was really cool, with the wah-wah playing. But that original version stays with you -- what a song. To reiterate -- thank you Gregg.
There are so many great live versions as well -- from the original band, they take Dreams to new stratospheres 9/19/71 at SUNY. Warren and Jack had numerous beautiful versions as well.

 

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  posted on 8/17/2004 at 04:19 PM
I don't think it's an uplifting song or anything, but it's always been my favorite ABB song and the best Gregg has written in my opinion.

 

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  posted on 8/18/2004 at 02:16 PM
SUNY does have a great version of Dreams and the rawness of the demo is such a cool way to hear the transformation of what this song became.

So right that there have been hundreds of inspired performances of this tune. I can't speak for everyone, but it touches me everytime I hear it.

ABB at Tweeter in MA only a little over 2 days away... I bet you know what I hope they play.

 

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  posted on 8/19/2004 at 10:53 AM
And tomorrow night for this boy, at Meadowbrook Farm!!!! My buddy got the tickets, says he thinks they're 17th row -- right on!!
May I add that in addition to those others mentioned, Derek should've been mentioned too -- sort of had the current band in mind in mentioning Warren, but it may not have read that way. Former poster JAG used to say, "Warren & Derek are the second coming!" How right he was -- they have become that. There aren't many bands like the ABB, who've been around as long as they have, which don't play "oldies" type concerts as many long time bands do -- to this day, they're looking for different ways to hit the note. While many of us would like to see personnel remain intact whenever possible, change is sometimes a good thing too. That's the case here, and I'm sure looking forward to tomorrow night!

 

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  posted on 8/19/2004 at 09:32 PM
Oh man Dreams is great. Duane's slide at the end of his solo makes my hairs stand on end is the greatest. And by the way, does any one know any websites where that part of the solo is tabbed out? I've tried figuring it out, I know kinda what hes doing, but I don't want to have to buy the ABB tab book volume 1, because I want to get Vol. 3 for all the slide songs on there.
 

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  posted on 8/20/2004 at 02:32 PM
I will agree with the power and mystic quality of Dreams. the version that gets it for me is the one found on Ludlow Garage.
 

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  posted on 8/20/2004 at 03:10 PM
Dreams-I love the studio version (first album) almost as much as the live Stony Brook. To this day producer Adrian Barber got a sound out of the band that has NEVER been duplicated, I wish he would've done Idlewild too. Just my 2 cents.
 

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  posted on 8/20/2004 at 04:53 PM
Interesting point there, playallnite - most people always give the nod to Tom Dowd's productions of the Brothers, over any other producers. I suspect part of the reason why the 1st album doesn't get the same kudos as the later albums is down to the fact that, as a band that had only been together a few months, the playing is a bit inhibited at times, and the songs hadn't had time to breath a little on stage first.

Personally, I really like Barber's work on the 1st album - it's cleaner and less "cloudy" than Dowd's work on Idlewild South for example (I don't think there's anywhere near as much reverb on it), and has a sound more akin to the modern, organic methods of production around today. It reminds me of some of Glyn Johns' productions in England around the same time, in that it has a more upfront punch to the sound than Tom Dowd's work form that time period has.

Whilst it wasn't their best period, you should check out his work on the Velvet Underground's "Loaded" album - a great-sounding record.

 
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  posted on 8/20/2004 at 09:17 PM
Any of you guys ever heard Gregg opening the show with Dreams? He did with the GAB in 82. I call it the disco version. Boy is it fast!

 

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  posted on 8/23/2004 at 02:20 PM
Dreams is the song that got me into The ABB

 

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  posted on 8/23/2004 at 08:12 PM
I hear that.....mine would have to be whippin' post

 

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  posted on 8/25/2004 at 09:21 AM
Boy am I glad that I started this thread. It's so cool to hear what ya'll think about this tune.
I agree with posting about Warren and Derek. A second coming with their own ideas.

For what it's worth, the ABBs played Dreams at Tweeter on the 21st and Derek's solo almost blew my mind.
I was grinning from ear to ear and then broke out in spontaneous laughter. It is amazing what great music can do for the soul.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2004 at 04:11 PM
Dreams has always been my favorite ABB song also. I'm partial to Derek's solos on it these days, but I love hearing it any time.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2004 at 10:30 AM
A good example is the An Evening With The Allman Brothers Band disc. Warren almost tries too hard, to the point of being too much.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2004 at 11:28 PM
Lately I think Warren's solos on Dreams have actually been a little more restrained, and I thought it worked.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2004 at 03:05 PM
Got back-to-back Derek Dreams Cleveland-Detroit (well not actually in Detroit..) man were they good. Could listen to it endlessley. Sometimes do, then my wife leans over and says if you play the song one more time...

And that Dreams on First Set is one of my favorites....

 

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  posted on 8/31/2004 at 08:04 PM
I think Buddy Miles did a verison of Dreams on the Them Changes album. Great song; one of my favorite Gregg Allman songs.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2004 at 10:59 PM
One of the best live versions of Dreams has to be from last years Instant Live recording from Darien. I listen to track 5 on disc 2 and it gets me high. I love the magic of that song performed live.

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  posted on 9/8/2004 at 12:15 PM
Try the version on Stonybrook w/ Duane
 

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  posted on 9/30/2004 at 03:10 PM
I'm listening to Dreams right now,gotta love Duane on slide!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 2/1/2005 at 05:40 PM
I know this is cheesy but Dreams changed my life. The second I heard that soft aching organ with the drums chiming in the background I was hooked. Then when I finally heard Duanes peak in his solo I nearly cried. If there is one song that can describe me as a person and everything I have experienced in my life, this is it. Thank you so much for this masterpiece Gregg.
 

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  posted on 2/3/2005 at 02:41 AM
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To me it is a great song to drive down the freeway listening at a good volume....
either stuck in traffic or cruising...it works

 

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