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Allman Brothers — Jessica
Album: Brothers And Sisters
Avg rating:
7.9

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Total ratings: 2733









Released: 1973
Length: 7:23
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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I’ve stopped playing this when I’m driving because it’s sooo long, but when I can sit and listen it still blows me away.
Is that a picture of Duane on the cover?

No... The front album cover features a photograph of Vaylor Trucks, the son of drummer Butch Trucks and his wife Linda. The back cover features a photograph of Brittany Oakley, the daughter of Berry Oakley and his wife, Linda.
I wonder how many total notes Dickey plays here.  My introduction to The Allman Brothers Band came courtesy of a video of this song being played live at an outdoor festival. It looked like a great time. Dickey looked so relaxed just twangin' away. My spouse's name is Jessica, so there's a special place in my heart for this one.
this will never get old.  amazing musicianship...awesome piano solo. what an infectious groove from the bass line.  love the allmans.
Went to Madison Sq. Garden on 3/10/20 to see the Brothers celebrating 50 years.  It was packed and the concert was AMAZING.  The band was fabulous and played for nearly 4 hours.  They blew the roof off!  This was just before NYC started to shut down due to the virus.  We just made it!  I'll remember this for the rest of my life.  And they played Jessica so well.  Didn't want it to end.  
Never gets old...
 njegbers wrote:

Chuck Leavell...!
 
A real Georgia peach, baby. You don't walk across 1 field in this here state without either:
* Leavell's imprimatur 
* A COVID19 mask






My favorite band and the theme song for my favorite TV show! (original Top Gear)
 bluematrix wrote:
That piano solo is tasty.
 
Chuck Leavell...!
 idiot_wind wrote:
I'm sorry, with all due respect to RnR bands from the last 20 years, no one can come close to the pure fun, musicianship, hook-after-hook, jazz-trippy, vibe aplenty, get "high", dancing, Zen like, foot stomping, air guitar playing...qualities of this song.

It never gets old. This is simply a masterpiece.  Dickey Betts masterpiece.       

38,000 Attend Concert At State Fairgrounds
 

...just half a hit of blotter and i DID see this song playing in the skies over New Jersey...
a 9. what was I thinking.

Ten all the way!
That piano solo is tasty.
Our theme song for sneaking out of fifth hour, lighting up and driving to Rockwoods Reservation outside St. Louis, giving us just enough time to get back for sixth hour my senior year.  In my friend's VW bug. That was the 70s.
That old Southern rock sounds so good...."9".....
So uplifting Big 10
My favorite song to blast loud and drive fast!
 haretic wrote:
(the comment to which I'm replying is not showing up for some reason)
 
The key changes from A-Major to D-Major (concert tuning) in the middle section of the track, when it switches from lead keyboard to lead guitar.

I think the transition you are referring to near the end is the change from D-Major back into A-Major for the repeat of the second theme (alternating G-Major and A-Major chords), followed by the return to the opening theme.

I know what you mean, I get tingles up my spine every time! This is 10+++ for me. The B&S album is one of my all time favourites - I still play it on vinyl, and as far as I know that's the only full version of this track without the annoying cuts and fade-out.
NEVER gets old. Musical joy at 100 m.p.h. 
 brianbf1986 wrote:
I can try to help you out, but what exact part are you referring to? Could you give me a time marking?


 
idylwild wrote:
To me, there is no doubt this song is a 10. Wonderful.
I have a question for someone better educated about music than I am: there is a point in the song, near the end, when something changes and I get chills of delight when it happens.  Is the music shifting from a minor to a major key?  Does that even make sense?  Please excuse my ignorance, and answer the question if you know what I am talking about.
 


 
The shift I refer to is at 6 minutes even into the song.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can tell me what that shift is, musically speaking.
 unclemrbig wrote:
The university that I work at owns the Capricorn  Studio and we are bringing it back to life!  https://capricorn.mercer.edu

We have a grand opening and concert on December 3 with lots of the recording artists from those days.  

The re-opening celebration will be capped off at 8 p.m. with a ticketed Capricorn Revival concert at the Macon City Auditorium featuring former Allman Brothers Band member and current Rolling Stones music director Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett Band, and a host of other former Capricorn artists or musicians who have been influenced by Capricorn. The lineup includes Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie, original Allman Brothers Band member Jaimoe, as well as Taj Mahal and former Capricorn recording artists John Bell of Widespread Panic and Tommy Talton of Cowboy. Others scheduled to perform include Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke, Marcus King, Brent Cobb, and Duane Betts of the Allman Betts Band. Additional artists will be announced at a later date.
 

That is incredibly cool!  Just saw the Allman Betts band on Monday in a small theater here in Kentucky.  Keeping the vibe alive!!!
The university that I work at owns the Capricorn  Studio and we are bringing it back to life!  https://capricorn.mercer.edu

We have a grand opening and concert on December 3 with lots of the recording artists from those days.  

The re-opening celebration will be capped off at 8 p.m. with a ticketed Capricorn Revival concert at the Macon City Auditorium featuring former Allman Brothers Band member and current Rolling Stones music director Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramblett Band, and a host of other former Capricorn artists or musicians who have been influenced by Capricorn. The lineup includes Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie, original Allman Brothers Band member Jaimoe, as well as Taj Mahal and former Capricorn recording artists John Bell of Widespread Panic and Tommy Talton of Cowboy. Others scheduled to perform include Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke, Marcus King, Brent Cobb, and Duane Betts of the Allman Betts Band. Additional artists will be announced at a later date.
II had this one on cassette tape way back when This song is Much more than 10
Don't know why, but Dickey Betts never gets enough credit for his playing.  
Pretty sure the previous owner of Jessica, my '66 Harley XLCH, named her after this song. 
10 10 10
If there's a musical equivalent of an ear-to-ear grin, this is it!  
Man, to have this follow Eat a Peach and the Fillmore East, what a band, what summertime fun eh gang?  There was also coat-tail rider Les Dudek, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Charlie Daniels, Wet Willie, Elvin Bishop, Marshall Tucker...those were the days.
 mrtuba9 wrote:


If "he" could make it this long, I bet she appreciated it  
If I'm reading that the way I think it's intended that seems a bit warped considering Jessica is Dickey Betts daughter.  
Bill, I'm trying to finish up my work day and this ain't helping! Can't do anything except tap my foot and smile...
Ha!

Just drove Highway 61 in NE Missouri, and was hoping for Dylan but got Jessica instead. 

The ultimate driving song, for smooth, windy, roads. You can wave to people as you glide by.  
A favorite piano break. Such a happy song!
 indatube1 wrote:
while this ranks high on the AB's (large) all time hit list, what always grabs me is  Chuck Leavell's  piano. Has to be one of the best ever rock piano solos I've ever heard. No wonder why Clapton snagged him. Chicken skin 

 
Chuck has recorded with Clapton, George Harrison and David Gilmour he has been the keyboardist and musical director for the Stones since the early 80's. He is a great musician and a really good guy.
A lot of bands locomote in some way or another. (The Dead do in fact truck along.)

This song's a great example of how the Allman Brothers float. The rhythm section is smooth and dense, never seems to touch the ground.
while this ranks high on the AB's (large) all time hit list, what always grabs me is  Chuck Leavell's  piano. Has to be one of the best ever rock piano solos I've ever heard. No wonder why Clapton snagged him. Chicken skin 

Way too many of these stoned out songs running on Radio Paradise; I was wigging out to them in the old days for sure. But please continue to surprise me with new music from great bands I haven't heard yet . They deserve it!
This gets a solid 10.  no one can compare.  
 agent55317 wrote:
Did anyone besides me think "Almond Brothers" when the radio DJ called out the band from their playlist?
 

Surely every kid who heard them while their folks had the radio on the classic rock station thought this.
Love this tune!
Awww. It stopped!

More, more!
 agent55317 wrote:
Did anyone besides me think "Almond Brothers" when the radio DJ called out the band from their playlist?
 

Yuuuuuppp!
Never long enough
 Kaisersosay wrote:
I went to the grocery to pick up my weeks goods, in a town a half hour away, I came back and this song was still on...............
 

Did you drive fast? Because that is what has happened to me when this is b-l-a-s-t-i-n-g...
 Kaisersosay wrote:
I went to the grocery to pick up my weeks goods, in a town a half hour away, I came back and this song was still on...............
 



                       Timeless Masterpiece. TEN.                    
                       -
                        Also time to replace that 8 Track, Kaisersassy                      

                    
                       {#Crown}

 krkinen wrote:
way too long :-(
 

Thats how they made um back then.

Sam Elliot
Did anyone besides me think "Almond Brothers" when the radio DJ called out the band from their playlist?
way too long :-(
I suspect a lot girls born in 1973 were named Jessica because of this tune...
 ojibwe wrote:


... and it's still too short.
 

Even with a cover band this is so much fun listening to live!   The joy and energy it brings is soul saving.
I went to the grocery to pick up my weeks goods, in a town a half hour away, I came back and this song was still on...............
If I'm listening  to this correctly, I think this was recorded in one take. I don't hear  breaks for splicing of tracks.  Which makes this even more amazing!
The only thing that could have made this any greater would have been Duane, RIP brother.
Thanks Jessica.  You inspired a truly great song. Funky instrumental.
 justin4kick wrote:
This is so long that I wonder if even Jessica, when she first heard this song dedicated to her, has made it to the end.
 

If "he" could make it this long, I bet she appreciated it  
 idiot_wind wrote:
I'm sorry, with all due respect to RnR bands from the last 20 years, no one can come close to the pure fun, musicianship, hook-after-hook, jazz-trippy, vibe aplenty, get "high", dancing, Zen like, foot stomping, air guitar playing...qualities of this song.

It never gets old. This is simply a masterpiece.  Dickey Betts masterpiece.       
 
Agreed!!! I just bumped it to Godlike!!! -->10

This is so long that I wonder if even Jessica, when she first heard this song dedicated to her, has made it to the end.
Jessica is the Mother of All Jam Bands. 
 idiot_wind wrote:
I'm sorry, with all due respect to RnR bands from the last 20 years, no one can come close to the pure fun, musicianship, hook-after-hook, jazz-trippy, vibe aplenty, get "high", dancing, Zen like, foot stomping, air guitar playing...qualities of this song.

It never gets old. This is simply a masterpiece.  Dickey Betts masterpiece.       
 
Amen. This is my first listen of the year on RP -- after twice yesterday, on my ipod, working out! Never gets old is right. 
September 2, 1972 they played NJ State Fair grounds in Hamilton. Some blotter and the sky was woven with threads of this song. 
Such a great piano break!
 olixbob wrote:
twice within 24h? 
 
Twice in 24 minutes might be more appropriate. 
Just back from a Whistler road trip. This will always be the soundtrack of every road trip since my time living there, and even before that, since seeing the Brothers in Saratoga Springs, way back when.

7 1/2 minutes of pure joy.
"Tonight... James falls in a puddle... Richard wears a hat... and I shout at a man..."
You can get high off this song.  It's like repetitive chanting. 
twice within 24h? 
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Not something Duane would have allowed.
 
Says who? 
Not something Duane would have allowed.
 msymmes wrote:
Never gets old.


 
Never !
Never gets old.

I've stated this before, forgive me. But can you even imagine a band today, attempting something like this? 

Hell man, this use to be common place for many bands in the 1970s. Ugh. I feel like a dinosaur.
Good to know that Dickey B. is out on the road again.
Dancing in the kitchen, and remembering my brother ... good stuff. Godlike stuff.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
this song could stop any time now....for real.

 
And then start all over again. 
this song could stop any time now....for real.
One of those songs where you just KNOW who's on guitar. Dickie has a unique sound, and it's most fine.
 ojibwe wrote:


... and it's still too short.
 
but sooo good
 ojibwe wrote:


... and it's still too short.

 
{#Lol}
Excellent, classic tune, but not for the ADD crowd.  {#Arrowd}
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
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... and it's still too short.
I think this might have come down from Heaven.
Compare to the ingredients in Yes's "Long Distance Runaround"
'Jessica'  is Dickey Betts' Daughter, who was an infant when it was released.
She had bounced along to the song's rhythm, and Betts attempted to capture her attitude with its melody.
{#Roflol}
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p.s.
This was released in 1973, not 1987 as indicated in the Album info provided by RP.
{#Sunny}
 idiot_wind wrote:
I'm sorry, with all due respect to RnR bands from the last 20 years, no one can come close to the pure fun, musicianship, hook-after-hook, jazz-trippy, vibe aplenty, get "high", dancing, Zen like, foot stomping, air guitar playing...qualities of this song.

It never gets old. This is simply a masterpiece.  Dickey Betts masterpiece.       

 
I, too, agree, and yet I do have to note the presence of 50 count 'em fifty '1' votes in the ratings! {#Surprised} (FWIW I just upped my rating from '8' to '9')
 idiot_wind wrote:
I'm sorry, with all due respect to RnR bands from the last 20 years, no one can come close to the pure fun, musicianship, hook-after-hook, jazz-trippy, vibe aplenty, get "high", dancing, Zen like, foot stomping, air guitar playing...qualities of this song.

It never gets old. This is simply a masterpiece.  Dickey Betts masterpiece.       

 
I completely agree. It's on my magical music phone. I listened to it 3 times today, before this.  I will not psd. This is an upbeat jam band heaven sent special, a road driving beer swilling party down southern rock gift.  The hand off from Allman's piano to Dickey's guitar is off the meter. 
I'm sorry, with all due respect to RnR bands from the last 20 years, no one can come close to the pure fun, musicianship, hook-after-hook, jazz-trippy, vibe aplenty, get "high", dancing, Zen like, foot stomping, air guitar playing...qualities of this song.

It never gets old. This is simply a masterpiece.  Dickey Betts masterpiece.       
My excuse to reach for the TV remote to get rid of the Top Gear tossers.  Oh, wait.  It's not them.  Phew.
With all the favorable comments, why is this rated "only" 7.8?  8.7 is more appropriate. 
This song just absolutely soars and doesn't come back to Earth.
Their signature song.  So tight, light and musical. One of the few played out to the very end on a PSD run through.  That's something.
Top Gear! {#Motor}
1987??
More like 1973.
 owchita wrote:
I defy anyone not to start tapping their feet to this.

 
I was about to agree with this, then saw that it might look stupid....
You just got to love top gear.brilliant
I defy anyone not to start tapping their feet to this.
Nice....great band that never got a lot of recognition 
this sounds like it could be the Soundtrack of a jump and run video game :-D 
Goodbye, Allman Bros. They just played their last concert, at the Beacon here in NYC, a few days ago. 45 years after the first. 
They were never better than this smokin' jam. In fact, dare I say, few bands were ever better than this. 

 

The many great memories I associate with this song always bring a smile to my face. 


 Boy_Wonder wrote:

Your brother's called Jessica?

 
My brother (who was killed in an auto accident) used to play this song. {#Bananajam}
Not sure I've ever seen so many Top Gear references on RP!

Many memories from the 70's - not sharing them with you, it's my past not yours! 
GREAT!!!!
 Antigone wrote:
This always reminds me of my brother ...

{#Bananajam} {#Drummer} {#Dancingbanana}

 
Your brother's called Jessica?
Top Gear!
Nice!
You know, I will actually correct that to 'one of the best road trip bands ever,' but then, their albums always go on mine. I could be biased. 
One of the best roadtrip albums EVER. 
Why isn't there a rating for 'It's a Classic!'?

We be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love it...
 
This always reminds me of my brother ...

{#Bananajam} {#Drummer} {#Dancingbanana}
This song gets wound up, then unspools very nicely. Barefoot music.

absolutely beautiful...  love this music...
 
Tonight on Top Gear Hammond tries to beat a camel across the desert in a Ford Capri...
 kimschoice wrote:


I agree.  My first concert in Boston 1972.  Watching this song live has created a little muscial nostalgia for me, but truly good guitar playing.  When you see Dickie Betts and company doing this song together, it was good!
 
One uppsmenship on youse guys! Saw (mostly heard) them at the Atlanta Pop festival in 1970. They head-lined and ran the show pretty much- and there is a great CD/download-hell, vinyl?-of them available. Needless to say, nascent days. Same concert Jimi was at for July 4th in a 100 degree peach orchard. That which can be remembered was memorable indeed!
And if I could just only play the guitar.  Like one chord !!

 
Might have to put this tune in the same class as a Brubeck tune.

{#Dancingbanana} 
You sir, have too much time on your hands.

 

Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
This song goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and...
 


An instant 10.   Been a ten in my books for 20 years.

{#Yell}