BUTCH TRUCKS R.I.P. 1947-2017
American drummer Butch Trucks was one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. He would have been 70 in May.
The following was posted at forums.stevehoffman.tv on January 25, 2017: “According to two of the band’s roadies, Butch Trucks passed away last night. The family’s in shock and the announcement should happen with in the next couple of hours. I’m in a few different FB ABB related pages and groups, and the news broke last night but then it was hushed so people could be notified in person etc. I’m devastated, could barely sleep after first finding out last night, I went to bed praying it’s a hoax, but it would have come out by now that it was, so expect news to officially break soon. Saw him with Les Brers two years ago, he was as solid as ever. R.I.P.”
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THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
The Gatlinburg Tapes 1971 [no label, 1CD, Pink Robert Remaster]
Home jam recorded at Duane’s home in April 1971; studio sessions recorded at Gatlinburg Studios, TN, April 1, 1971. (Some state this as early 1971 rehearsals.) Very good audio.
If you had walked by and this recording is on, you might have thought that you were listening to Robert Johnson! Those (Mississippi?) blues, the steel (slide) guitar and that raw sound. When he was alive, Duane Allman was seen as a guitarist extraordinaire. But he also worked at his craft. While this recording has been around for some time, it still offers a rare glimpse of the guitarist at work - here Duane is in a relaxed mood in probably a practice or jam session, with Dickey Betts present.
Meanwhile, zubbid, in a note at pinkrobert.net, said: “Listen for the covers of Tim Buckley’s Once I Was and Morning Glory” on Tracks 4 and 5. It’s not so much a full-blown cover, rather snatches here and there and it does show what Duane picked up musically.
Dickey Betts wrote Blue Sky for his then Native American girlfriend, Sandy “Bluesky” Wabegijig (they married in 1973 and divorced two years later) and many fans feel that this is among one of the best Allman Brothers songs. Here are four takes to warm your heart.
Outside of the musical and film, The Sound Of Music, My Favourite Things is closely associated with jazz great John Coltrane. Ever the adventurer, Duane tries to see what else he can do with the song with guitars and keyboards. Between Blue Sky and My Favourite Things, it all adds up to a great flight of fancy. Duane died in a motorcycle accident in October 1971 and while the Allman Brothers Band never got the chance to record My Favourite Things with Duane, the song continues to be part of the band’s live repertoire.
Thanks to Pink Robert for sharing the tracks and for remastering them.
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Home Jam (originally offered as one long 31-min track but split up here for easier access; trackmarks are approximate):
Track 01. Unknown (939k)
Track 02. Unknown / Ramblin’ Man (R. Betts) / Jam (R. Betts, D. Allman) (8.7MB)
Track 03. 99 & 99 (6.2MB)
Track 04. Ramblin’ Man jam (R. Betts) / Once I Was (Tim Buckley) / Morning Glory (Tim Buckley) (5.1MB)
Track 05. Leaning Back And Laughing (Steve Noonan) / In The Jailhouse Now (Jimmie Rodgers) / I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters) / Gamblin’ Blues / Travelling Riverside Blues (Robert Johnson) / Stones In My Passway (Robert Johnson) (14.6MB)
Track 06. Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson) / Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams) (5.3MB)
Track 07. Let Jesus Make My Dying Bed (2.3MB)
Track 08. Blue Sky #1 (2.8MB)
Track 09. Blue Sky #2 (1.9MB)
Track 10. Blue Sky #3 (4.8MB)
Track 11. Blue Sky #4 (8.7MB)
Track 12. My Favourite Things #1 (12.3MB)
Track 13. My Favourite Things #2 (12.0MB)
Track 14. My Favourite Things #3 (17.6MB)
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