The Allman Brothers Band: 2014-03-14 Live at Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, March 14, 2014
1. Done Somebody Wrong (3:52) 2. Stage banter 1 (0:12) 3. Come and Go Blues (6:21) 4. Wasted Words (4:59) 5. Dusk Till Dawn (10:17) 6. I Walk On Gilded Splinters (6:02) 7. Gambler's Roll (7:03) 8. True Gravity (10:09) 9. Hoochie Coochie Man (7:22) 10. Ain't Wastin' Time No More (5:05)
1. Melissa (5:38) 2. Blue Sky (9:20) * 3. Black Hearted Woman (11:14) 4. Seven Turns (5:15)
1. Rockin' Horse (13:03) 2. Get On With Your Life (7:35) 3. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (13:45) 4. JaMaBuBu (7:23) 5. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed - reprise (2:05) 6. Crowd noise (4:06) 7. One Way Out (6:05) #
* = w/ James van der Bogert, drums # = w/ Duane Trucks, drums
What have you done for me lately? Well the last thing you did for me was pound the best show I've ever seen you play, into my ears, heart, soul, dna...gone, done, but recorded so I can celebrate it over and over again, down the road that goes on forever.
The barrage of notes, voices, song and expressions started out with "Done Somebody Wrong." Just blame Gregg for that beautiful soul that only comes from a most beautiful place and Warren and Derek for stinging guitar attack adding to our misery....lol. "Come and Go Blues" was next; Oteil just dropping bombs while Derek burned it down and the percussion discussion rumbled on. What I always liked is when Warren, you know "the other slide player" and Derek double slide the song to the highest plateau of pure bliss wherever and whenever they double team(trouble) us.
"Wasted Words" was not lost on the crowd, the amazing slow burn intro into a full throttle explosion of song. They had a low under-the-radar intensity just bubbling away the whole 1st set. Warren sang out, stepped out on "Dusk Till Dawn" - which suckered us in to "Gilded Splinters," slow burner into mardi gras/crawfish boil experience of spice. They've really made this theirs and love sharing it with all of us! Marc's timbales accent the whole framework of the song perfectly. What could be better? Having a horn section marching in from the back of the floor of the Beacon onto the stage? Maybe next time....next show?
Back and forth tempo wise to "Gambler’s Roll" and 7 come 11. Gregg's voice was painfully amazing as only he can sing, and Derek and Warren’s solos under and over-pinned the loss in the songs. "True Gravity" is back again and the band is in full flight and shows why the Allmans always separated themselves from other jamming bands. The jazzy/blues/improvisation is first and foremost and no one, and I mean no one, can even come close. Still makes me think of how they were compared to the Miles Davis sextet with Trane and Cannonball very early in their career. They go place very few have seen, but they drop us postcards from their adventures....postage due!
Warren started "Hoochie Coochie Man" drippin’ from the faucet of life and then the pipes burst into a flood zone with Oteil and Derek enjoying a very public conversation of notes that burned. "Ain't Wastin Time" finished the set off and the band must've read the lyrics just before they came out on stage, cause they're not wastin any time, they are on it!
The second set started with "Melissa" and the crowd was the chorus - singing loudly every word. The clouds parted and "Blue Sky" appeared. I've seen this song 4 ways: Dickey singing, Gregg singing, instrumental and Warren singing it. Derek and Warren are enjoying the musical honeymoon on this, all the time, it's their dna put on full display for all to see and enjoy! Something happened in the song, that seriously turned up the energy level and once it got up it stayed up till the show was over.
"Black Hearted Woman" has become one of my 2-3 favorite songs this run, just destroying the original composition and reinventing it, and adding more to it and leaving you gasping for breath, it's scary good. Oteil came out singing "Seven Turns" and the harmonies of Marc and Warren add so much, and then Greggs interaction on the call and response at the end. A lot of people were surprised, pleasantly, by the addition of this to the run.
"Rockin’ Horse" was just burnt down by Warren and Derek. Fire was spreading fast, acreage was being blackened while we barely had time to react...amazing version. "Get On With Your Life" is it a warning by the band to us? Themselves? Blues at its best - making us feel good about feelin' bad. The pain in Greggs voice cut right thru me. Oteil started the trouble and Warren and Derek joined right in on "Liz Reed." Amazing version of this gem, if I never heard it again, I saw the best version ever. The band can not be touched or charged with abusive behavior .....we were beat up in the good s&m way, I guess. "One Way Out" finished the shindig off. I think they did the rope a dope to us, lured us in to their den and then clobbered us....so am I paying to get abused??? A very great show with an amazing 2nd set by the best band in the land. See ya in a few hours for some more.
The Allman Brothers Band:
Gregg Allman - keys, vocals
Butch Trucks - drums
Jaimoe - drums
Oteil Burbridge - bass
Marc Quinones - percussion
Derek Trucks - guitar
Warren Haynes - guitar, vocals
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