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  posted on 10/5/2004 at 04:23 PM
Hey Friends,

Like many of you I've been listening for a long time, but I've never been able to figure it out, maybe that's the beauty of it. What am I talking about? Gregg's voice of course. Brothers and Sisters grabbed me first and since then I've gotten my hands on pretty much everything he's recorded. (with and without the band)

His ability to sound so sweet you could shed a tear on one tune, then turn on a dime and growl like an alley cat on the next never fails to amaze me. Gregg's voice is a rare precious gift that he shares with us all.

I've got 3 kids now and turning them on to the ABBs is one of my favorite things to do. Next summer I'm taking them to their first show. In this day and age where most radio ain't worth listening to and most "stars" have very little sparkle I am really thankful that we have this man and his music.

I'd love hear how ya'll feel about this. Or maybe it's just me?





 

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  posted on 10/5/2004 at 06:59 PM
Mind if I jump on the boat with ya? Alright, Gregg Surely never let me down. From his days with Hourglass, Allman Joys, 31st of Feb, to his solo career all the way back to the reason we are here, The Allman Brothers Band. When I saw him this summer for the first time, his voice shared a spot in everyones heart. And everyone who was there would say he's singing his heart and soul out. I can't wait to see them again... your kids will be proud!!

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  posted on 10/6/2004 at 08:17 AM
Thanks for the reply.

I'm just so touched by this music. Hearing what others think and feel helps me get closer to the core.
I guess I am searching for simplicity in some way.

Gregg if you're listening, just keep doing your thing man. It means so much to so many.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2004 at 09:32 AM
Bigtrout,
I'm with you. Every time I hear this man's voice it gives me chills. I took my daughters to thier first show this summer and they got to meet Gregg. He was very sweet signed my daughters shirt and ticket. I've been listening to him for thirty plus years and everytime I hear him I swear it sounds sweeter.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2004 at 04:15 PM
ChicagoFan,

I met Gregg for a minute following a Friday night show at this year's Beacon run. There's a look in his eyes that brought me a little closer to everything he sings about. One of my biggest wishes is to sit down and talk to THE MAN for just 10 minutes some day.

I grew up in south Georgia and now I live outside of Boston. I think one of the things I love most about Gregg's voice is the fact that it takes me home.

Boy do I love this stuff!

 

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  posted on 10/8/2004 at 06:04 PM
I would love to meet Gregg... he sure loves his fans.

 

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  posted on 10/9/2004 at 11:27 AM
S-O-U-L. D-E-P-T-H. C-O-N-V-I-C-T-I-O-N.
When I first him way back when, I thought he was a great singer. As I "got the fever" I came to realize it was far far more than that -- this guys lives what he sings.
I know it's not too cool to say this, but some of his best singing IMO is on the One More Try anthology -- Catfish Blues -- the two versions of the title tune, as well as the two versions of God Rest His Soul and WTCBUnbroken, especially the one recorded mid Nov. 1972...
This is all just a fraction of it, I wouldn't even attempt to name them all. You're quite right, one minute he can bring a tear to your eye, the next he can be a snarling alley cat, and that voice has stopped at all points in between over some 37 years. The guy is the baddest cat around.

 

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  posted on 10/9/2004 at 02:41 PM
This is something I noticed many years ago. I always thought that Gregg's voice was almost like "another instrument" in the band. It's a dynamic unto itself. The voice has had several transformations over the years. Some might argue that the early years when he was hitting the high notes were the best. He seems to have recaptured that almost thirty years later. In between years gave us different showcases of his vocals. I suppose some of this due to life experiences. Many of us have probably experienced the same. I do feel Gregg's vocals are a gift that he's got and a gift to his fans. It's unique and effective.
 

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  posted on 12/3/2004 at 09:44 PM
I was out of the country from '68 thru '71, so the first thing I heard of ABB was One Way Out and Stormy Monday from the Fillmore album. I was in love with his voice (something about the accent he puts on certain words, and the inflections) long before I knew what he, or any of the band, looked like. Then when I saw him on tv and saw that beautiful hair (just like mine), I was sunk. Over the years what I really love about his voice is the pain he can put into it. Like 'Just Ain't Easy', and especially in 'Get on With Your Life' when his voice breaks. He's so real, and I know that most of the stuff he writes mirrors his life experiences. I feel honored every time I see and hear him, cuz he's lettin' all of us into his soul. Thanks Gregg, hope I get to tell you this in person some day.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2004 at 11:24 PM
i was cruisin on down the highway with the ABB 9/26/04 show the other day -- Gregg's vocals were unbelievable, so powerful, rocked my world!

 

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  posted on 12/21/2004 at 08:43 AM
Funny that I'm reading this post at work while listening to the GA Anthology and his acoustic demo version of "Multi Colored Lady". His voice just seems to come from within sharing with us all of his emotions: Love, Passion, Fear, and in this songs case, almost some sadness and pain. I actually cried the first time I heard this demo version of this song.

What I love about Gregg is that while his voice isn't perfect, it has more heart adn passion than just about ANY singer out there. Hands down. I love hearing him w/ the brothers but sometimes I feel that he lets his "own" emotions let loose on his solo stuff.

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  posted on 12/22/2004 at 06:38 AM
Gregg's voice is like Duane's guitar

lot's o folks doing the same thing kinda/sorta
but not on the same playing field

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  posted on 12/22/2004 at 03:00 PM
a friend was playing the 2004 Jones Beach show in the car for me the other day. I couldn't believe how good he sounded. I liked the rasp he had in the early -mid 90's but he sounds so much better and more clear now. It's amazing .

The appeal of Gregg's voice to me is how believable he makes the lyrics sound. For all his fame and fortune, he's had a tuff road in life and it comes through in his singing. Very soulful. Even on his 80's solo records with the over done production and snyths, the voice is still what it's all about.

would the word Pathos apply here ? Anyone ? Where's Marley ?

 

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  posted on 12/23/2004 at 12:38 AM
1 : an element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion
2 : an emotion of sympathetic pity

Yeah, I think that's what you were shooting for.

 

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  posted on 12/23/2004 at 12:56 AM
"Laid Back"

Gregg Allman's voice at its very best.


 

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  posted on 12/23/2004 at 03:10 PM
I agree -- both with play_all_night and tommars. Most of that "One More Try" anthology is from that era (in and around Laid Back) -- just an amazing voice.
And yes, he in better voice nowadays than in many,many year -- he really got after it this summer, and the results that I heard (8/20 & 21) were amazing.
What a guy -- truer words were never spoken than when he said, "The mountains I have climbed, would have killed a thousand men."

 

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  posted on 12/23/2004 at 04:48 PM
Warren said that greggs voice now is probally as good as it was in 1969 after he quit the drinking and smoking. You can definately tell if you listen to something now and something from the early 90's, and his voice was amazing back then it just goes to show how good his voice is now
 

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  posted on 1/16/2005 at 09:59 PM
I know Im a guy and I am saying this because I am totally secure with my hetrosexuality, but early Gregg Allman is the sexiest voice I have ever heard.
 

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  posted on 1/18/2005 at 01:41 PM
Stormy Monday, from 10/1/04 -- just when you think the guy can't do it any better -- the enthusiasm & phrasing he brings to this song which he's sung a jillion times -- special.
 

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  posted on 1/18/2005 at 09:11 PM
its just so powerful.

 

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  posted on 1/22/2005 at 10:01 PM
he is jusssssssssssssssssst aweeeeeeeeeesome

 

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  posted on 1/23/2005 at 12:05 AM
greggs voice is the kind of voice that sucks your soul into the music, im not sure if you can describe it, but if i ahd to i would say thats its the allman brothers voice, his voice almost serves as the spokesperson for the band......

 

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  posted on 2/16/2005 at 11:00 PM
I personally think there's a mournful kind of soul in that voice that reflects loss, love, time, reflection. When a person feels what he or she is singing about it can't help but come out through his voice. Its been said that the eyes are a window to the soul, but I believe it to be so for the voice as well. you can be the best musician, and the greatest singer, but if you don't allow yourself to feel the emotion then your public won't feel it either! Ok, thats my sermon for tonight!
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  posted on 2/17/2005 at 06:11 PM
A well said sermon at that carlygrl.
"Time and time again I've felt these walls of plaster, closing in/
and more than once I've felt these lonely, lonely feelings/ wondering why & where I've been."
Those are powerful words just by themselves -- coupled to the voice of someone who's lived the life Gregg Allman has lived -- they send chills up & down your spine (mine anyway). The conviction of his singing is very stark & real -- kind of illustrating what you wrote in your post.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2005 at 05:40 PM
His voice reflects his soul and what is going on in there, he can be sassy and sexy, he can be sad and make you want to cry, he can be joyful, he can be determined and triumphant when faced with the worst situations. Through his voice he expresses every emotion there is. My favorite is his "na, na, na na" from the Laid Back version of Midnight Rider. I just love that.

 

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