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Author: Subject: The best song Dickey Betts composed

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 05:36 PM
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

I think this is the best instrumental the Allman Brothers have in there arsenal of songs

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 05:40 PM
Instrumental - In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, followed closely by High Falls.

Vocal - Original Blue Sky.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 05:43 PM
Liz Reed gets my vote as well...

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:17 PM
Jessica
Revival
Nobody Knows
Back Where it all Begins

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:18 PM
The best instrumental ever written. Liz Reed.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:22 PM
Liz is probably my favorite, but Jessica is probably his " best" instrumental composition.
He sure wrote some great instrumentals . Liz, Les Bres, Jessica, High Falls, Pegasus, From The Madness Of The West, True Gravity ( w/Haynes) , Kind Of Bird ( w/Haynes).
Sure miss the songwriting of Dickey.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:27 PM
Liz Reed, followed closely by Les Brers and Back Where it all Begins. I sure miss that last one, an instant classic.
 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:31 PM
Jessica,Liz Reed,High Falls,Les Bres in A

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:33 PM
So many ,,,, Hmmmmm ....... all of them ... they are ALL my Blue Sky ....

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:37 PM
I know this might give a few a chuckle, but if you disect Ramblin Man, its one sweet well composed piece of music. Forget that it is Ramblin Man, and give it a listen.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:40 PM

Highway Call is still my favorite. That song is magic.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:47 PM
I think there's a big difference between writing the lyrics for a "Song" and composing the notes for an instrumental masterpiece. Bob Dylan is a song writer, Dickey Betts is a composer. 'Liz Reed is among his most brilliant compositions, (of which there are quite a few) but in my humble opinion his "song writing" skills are pretty basic. A country boy at heart.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:54 PM
Best Instrumental...probably IMOER...

Best song....?????



 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 06:55 PM
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I know this might give a few a chuckle, but if you disect Ramblin Man, its one sweet well composed piece of music. Forget that it is Ramblin Man, and give it a listen.



A chuckle perhaps ...but when I am driving along in my car and Ramblin Man comes on the radio as a surprise ... it always catches me off guard and I think WOW .. what a great tune that is... sounds fresh today as it did 38 years ago....
I love Ramblin Man... it was the song that sent the ABB into commercial orbit.... who knew ???

Also if you have ever been to a DB&GS show .. you know the crowd goes crazy when Dickey does this as his encore...

I was on stage ..standing about 5 ft from Dickey and pretty much standing the whole show next to Gregg .. in 73' Hard to explain what it looked like and felt like .. looking out at the crowd as they played Ramblin Man as their encore .... Mind Blowing for sure ....

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 07:00 PM
Do I have to pick just ONE??

I've always dug True Gravity. Of course, IMOER will always have a special place in my heart.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 07:06 PM
Cool Thread!

My favorite insrumentals written by the "country boy" are:

Jessica
High Falls
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
From the Madness of the West
Kind of Bird
True Gravity
Duane's Tune

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 07:43 PM
Liz Reed has long been one of my favorites by any band or musician .

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 07:46 PM
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Jessica is probably his " best" instrumental composition.




Amen.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 07:54 PM
my favorite is jessica. i actually think it's more versatile than IMOER. look at all the incarnations of that song. the original studio album, the way they played it live in the 70s with chuck, fast in the 80s with dangerous dan, two guitar attack with warren and derek, and the chuck, derek and warren versions of today. i love how derek takes it up, brings it back down, then soars with it into warren's solo.

with lyics: highway call

best combo or lyrics and soloing: blue sky. thought BWIAB is awesome as well.

dickey brought the joy into the allmans. that's what's missing today. pure joy.

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 08:22 PM
Nobody Left to Run With
Pony Boy
High Falls
IMOER
Blue Sky
Seven Turns
Bougenveilla
Hot Lanta (with Duane)
Mountain Jam (with Duane)

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 09:09 PM
Yes, this is a great thread.... What it has helped with is defining all the changes in the songs. I always thought this , many many years ago, that when you went to a concert you pretty much were gonna hear the songs that you loved and that the band made famous... So going to see ABB a few time with changes , not as many as Fleetwood Mac , but changes in bandmates....so naturally it changed the dynamics of the composition and tone of the songs we all loved... No one , I mean No One can do it better than the ABB ... In Jessica alone , how in the world could you ever make that song sound right with out Chuck Leavel... but it happened , and with many others.

Well I ask if I have nothing else to say or add to this... I 'll just say Bring Back Betts....

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 09:39 PM
Sail Away.... for the two br'ers

 

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No one , I mean No One can do it better than the ABB ... In Jessica alone , how in the world could you ever make that song sound right with out Chuck Leavel... but it happened , and with many others.


And win a Grammy for it....

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 09:44 PM
Having a Good Old Time
Good Time Feeling
Good Times, they don't fade away
Long Time Gone

 

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  posted on 12/14/2008 at 10:01 PM
Highway Call
Good Time Feelin'
Bougainvillea
Blue Sky
Jessica
IMOLR
Southbound
Pony Boy
Rain
Just Another Love Song
Tombstone Eyes (ABB version)

 
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