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Allman Brothers — Dreams
Album: The Allman Brothers Band
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7.8

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Released: 1969
Length: 7:11
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Just one more mornin'
I had to wake up with the blues
Pulled myself outta bed, yeah
Put on my walkin' shoes,
Went up on the mountain,
To see what I could see,
The whole world was fallin',
right down in front of me.

'Cause I'm hung up on dreams I'll never see, yeah Baby.
Ahh help me baby, or this will surely be the end of me, yeah.

Pull myself together, put on a new face,
Climb down off the hilltop, baby,
Get back in the race.

'Cause I'm hung up on dreams I'll never see, yeah Baby.
Ahh help me baby, or this will surely be the end of me, yeah.

Pull myself together, put on a new face,
Climb down off the hilltop, baby,
Get back in the race.

'Cause I'm hung up on dreams I'll never see, yeah Baby.
Ahh help me baby, or this will surely be the end of me, yeah.
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 khardog145 wrote:
 
 Hard to beat Live at the Fillmore.



Unfortunately, I didn't see them until May, 1974 when they played in the old Jersey City (NJ USA) baseball stadium. They showed up an hour late.  The band was stinking drunk. Greg couldn't stand - they brought him a chair.  After playing horribly, the crowd started booing them.  The band started cursing the audience and throwing things into the audience, including beer bottles.  Limosines quickly rushed the band out of the stadium before pandemonium ensued. They played for maybe 40 minutes total. My high school prom was that night. I made a bad choice.  I read in one of the better books on the band that Greg was checked into a drug clinic in NYC two weeks after this concert for his cocaine addiction.  Unfortunately, that's the first thing I remember when I think of the band now, through when they were on, they are arguably the best.
This album sold less than 35,000 copies on it's release, number 200 on the charts. Way too far over the heads of most music fans at the time.
Sounds a lot like Tied to the Whipping Post.
Definitely Desert Island collection.
We 4wheeled over Imogene Pass from Ouray to Telluride, Colorado. It was Sunday evening and it had been raining during most of the weekend's acts in the Telluride Town Park. As the Allman Brothers took the stage a rainbow appeared over the mountains behind the stage. Later that night, "Dreams" echoed back and forth between the canyon walls. 
this guitar playing is unworldly 

you get high on it

just like jessica
nice buzzzzz
 unclehud wrote:

A song that has broken my heart since the first time I heard it: I'm hung up on dreams I'll never see.

Guitar solos maintain the minor-key sorrowful tone; the low growl from the B-3 lends reverence; and Greg's husky voice enhances the lament.

An anthem for half the USA?  Hung up on dreams we'll never see?


Which half of the USA do you refer to? 
This might be my fav ABB song!
 dkwalika wrote:
When we talk about America's best rock band, these guys have to be near the top.
 
When we talk about the band that has a permanent gig just inside the Pearly Gates... well, with spots reserved for the guys who are still here with us anyway
 ScottishWillie wrote:
I rode a Harley Davidson across the deep south of America from San Diego to Orlando on old US-80. When planning the trip, I realised my route took me through Macon the home of the Allman Brothers. I’ve been a fan of the Allmans music for decades, so I decided to visit the bands home, which is now a museum. But it's closed on Wednesday's. Guess what day I was in Macon.

 Thanks for the tip!  When I do my deep south trip, I'll be sure to hit Macon on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or a Friday.  (I've heard that everyone in Macon leaves town for the weekend to go hunting or fishing, so no point in scheduling Saturday or Sunday.)

 Queue wrote:
The interplay between the guitars and the keys in the breaks is amazing!  Ascending and descending in opposite directions!  Very cool.
 

Yes! I've heard that in this song but could never find the words for it. The band did something similar in "Every Hungry Woman."
 ImaOldman wrote:
From 1969 until Dwayne died in 1971 this was by far the best live band in the world, maybe the best ever.
 
Got to see the original lineup 3 times.  1st time at the North Miami Beach Jai Lai Fronton opening for Spirit who was doing the 12 Dreams tour, right before Christmas in 1970.  Once more in Cherry Hill, NJ, at Christmas time break, opening for Savoy Brown and Van Morrison.  Then here in Cleveburg in a long gone tent venue called the Music Carnival by the old Thistledown Racetrack.  All by themselves this time.

I turned so many people on to this band for their first time.  Seen them more than any other band since.  At least ten times over all these years.

Dreams is my favorite ABB song.
 sirdroseph wrote:
I kid you not, the Molly Hatchet cover is so much better than this.  Blasphemy? Maybe. Truth?  Oh yes.
 
If you want to dance to it and have it sound like James Gang. 
 Pierre-Jean wrote:
Sounds like Camel when they did "The snow goose"
Progressive rock
 
Hardly.
These guys were in a league all their own weren't they?  Soaring on a high wire and never missing not even one beat. 

I wonder if,on reflection, they may have even amazed themselves that they were that good, eh?  Lord knows they had most everyone else back in the day gobsmacked. 

Hell, they still gobsmack don't they?

Highlow
American Net'Zen
So great to hear this!
Sounds like Camel when they did "The snow goose"
Progressive rock
This music is on another plane altogether - I have listened to their music back to back and there is nothing quite like it ... it's truly poetic at times, the jazz feel - why can't we have bands like this anymore - raw and dirty and artistic and devoted to the music ... rant!
Absolutely a Classic with a capital "C", one of the finest recordins in the history of humanity. 
Grammy Award para melhor performance instrumental pop (1996) depois de 27 anos o merecido reconhecimento.
The Allman Brothers Band foi uma banda de southern rock formada nos Estados Unidos, considerada pelo Hall da Fama do Rock and Roll como o principal arquiteto do rock sulista americano. A banda foi formada em 26 de março de 1969 em Jacksonville, Flórida por Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks e Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson. MARAVILHOSA
 ScottishWillie wrote:
I rode a Harley Davidson across the deep south of America from San Diego to Orlando on old US-80. When planning the trip, I realised my route took me through Macon the home of the Allman Brothers. I’ve been a fan of the Allmans music for decades, so I decided to visit the bands home, which is now a museum. But it's closed on Wednesday's. Guess what day I was in Macon.

 
Story of my life! 😀
I rode a Harley Davidson across the deep south of America from San Diego to Orlando on old US-80. When planning the trip, I realised my route took me through Macon the home of the Allman Brothers. I’ve been a fan of the Allmans music for decades, so I decided to visit the bands home, which is now a museum. But it's closed on Wednesday's. Guess what day I was in Macon.

Needless to say,  ANYTHING  by the Allman Brothers
circa 1969-1975 gets a "8" or higher...
 dkwalika wrote:
When we talk about America's best rock band, these guys have to be near the top.
  Duc1098 wrote:
 Near the top? Who is better in this genre?
 
He didn't specify a genre, he just said "America's best rock band".
 idiot_wind wrote:
OK...you all see why Duane and Dickey were the best  team guitarists , ever?  
 
Saw that in the early 1970s, brother.  Polished and smooth; played against fire and lightning.

Goosebumps, even 40 years later.

PS: I've ridden my motorcycle through the intersections in Macon that claimed Duane's and Berry's lives.  It was part of a pilgrimage to their graves in Rose Hill Cemetery, less than 5 miles from the I-75 interchange with I-16.  I suppose I should do it again; this time to speak with Gregg.
Psychedelic waltz.  Still a 10 after all these years.
 ImaOldman wrote:
From 1969 until Dwayne died in 1971 this was by far the best live band in the world, maybe the best ever.
 Hard to beat Live at the Fillmore.

OK...you all see why Duane and Dickey were the best  team guitarists , ever?  
You are killing it this morning, Bill.  I'm so happy right now.  
From 1969 until Dwayne died in 1971 this was by far the best live band in the world, maybe the best ever.
 Ngoziman wrote:

Oh, so true, Rednred ... except for the year. I'm '58 and got into the band when this came out in the UK.  American Forces Radio overseas kept me sane. Saw them headline at Knebworth, '75 I think.
 
1974 - the 1st Knebworth. Good line up as I recall - Doobies, Tim Buckley, Mahavishnu,
Van Morrison. Unfortunately the Allmans had lost Duane  by 1974.
A song that has broken my heart since the first time I heard it: I'm hung up on dreams I'll never see.

Guitar solos maintain the minor-key sorrowful tone; the low growl from the B-3 lends reverence; and Greg's husky voice enhances the lament.

An anthem for half the USA?  Hung up on dreams we'll never see?

 Pilsenaaa wrote:


d o o r s
 
Long Live the Doors and RP!!  Though this is a great cut from a great album and worthy of a 9 to 10 today....slide on!!
OK slide guitar enthusiasts. We all love Derek Trucks - he is exceptional and soulful and creative, but...
Duane learned to play slide when he broke his hand and they were on tour, well, just because he had to. Savant ( https://www.historicmysteries.com/savants/ )
Think he defines 'virtuoso' when every one else is considered. 
I broke up with my high-school sweetheart to this song 48 years ago and I can still feel the pain
broke up with my high school sweetheart to this song 48 years ago and I can still feel the pain
 Duc1098 wrote:

 Near the top? Who is better in this genre?
 

d o o r s
 Duc1098 wrote:

 Near the top? Who is better in this genre?
 
Who's better in any genre?


 LuvWilloughby wrote:
In the late 70’s I got hooked on Molly Hatchets version of this tune which has not stood the test of time. This original or live at the Fillmore 1971 are far superior. Always have been.
 
I agree, this is the best, but I still like the MH version too
I think I have commented on another song to the effect that... I could listen to the Allman Brothers all day long.

Not all day every day - that would be weird - but all day some days.

There is no other band that I can say that about - not sure why that is but there you are.
This song always sets things right.
 dkwalika wrote:
When we talk about America's best rock band, these guys have to be near the top.
 
 Near the top? Who is better in this genre?
In the late 70’s I got hooked on Molly Hatchets version of this tune which has not stood the test of time. This original or live at the Fillmore 1971 are far superior. Always have been.
 sadhugeorge wrote:
Free show at the Straight Theater in the Haight Ashbury,1967. Two brothers from the South most of us never heard of "The Allman Joy" blew the roof off.Then a new guy named Carlos rocked. Also had two comedians Cheech and something. Summer of Love...
 
What is it about life that we'll likely never see this again? Sigh.
The band should be recognized as a top five greatest RnR guitar band.
I saw them in 1975. They were the best live band I have ever seen.
This is so fine.  I think I'll rate it a 10.  O.  Already did  that
Free show at the Straight Theater in the Haight Ashbury,1967. Two brothers from the South most of us never heard of "The Allman Joy" blew the roof off.Then a new guy named Carlos rocked. Also had two comedians Cheech and something. Summer of Love...
and gods they were
I just cannot get enough Allman Bros. lately. Damn they were so very fine. 
Godlike.  10 in my book! {#Bananajam}
The interplay between the guitars and the keys in the breaks is amazing!  Ascending and descending in opposite directions!  Very cool.
 ImaOldman wrote:
Seeing these guys for the first time in early '69 was a mind blower, like nothing we'd ever seen before. Completely changed the rock scene in the south and eventually everywhere. The BEST!

 
I may have also seen them in 1969. Lived in Miami, was still in high school and we either saw them in Atlanta or the West Palm Beach Music Festival at some speedway up there.
 ImaOldman wrote:
Seeing these guys for the first time in early '69 was a mind blower, like nothing we'd ever seen before. Completely changed the rock scene in the south and eventually everywhere. The BEST!

  Wow cool story, saw them in early 90's and was also blown away.  Truly amazing band!


Seeing these guys for the first time in early '69 was a mind blower, like nothing we'd ever seen before. Completely changed the rock scene in the south and eventually everywhere. The BEST!
Lets get ready to R U M B L E
So much of what is great about this track is Gregg's vocal and B3 playing.
Such memories.... Saw them play this song at a free concert at Umass during their first northern tour. Throwing snowballs at the local cops and smoking hash from Duane's belt-buckle pipe. The whole band was enjoying every minute....
And I'm right back in high school, listening to this on an 8-track in a VW Bug.
When we talk about America's best rock band, these guys have to be near the top.
yup, Bill and Rebecca - thank Ü  
chinaski wrote:
Just as much a gem now as then, the groove simmering over a bed of blues, rock and jazz coals to heat it all up. Wow. Thanks for playing it Bill!

 


 Steely_D wrote:
I didn't appreciate these guys during their time, since I grew up in southern Louisiana and it was just more of that southern rock - to me.

Now? Damn, dude. This is that great, organic, complex music that I love.

 
This album basically started that whole "southern rock" thing!
Great photo below.
The dancing dudes fashion looks like it could be 2017.
As for the song, classic AB; what's not to like?
Such a slow burner with subtleness and yet full of power. Beautiful.
I didn't appreciate these guys during their time, since I grew up in southern Louisiana and it was just more of that southern rock - to me.

Now? Damn, dude. This is that great, organic, complex music that I love.
I personally think Allman Brothers is one the most historically underrated bands.  They created amazing music.


        

                                                                                               The 'ALLMAN JOYS'    
                                                                                               Greg Allman far right.
                                                                                  Duane between drummer and bassist.
 

 sirdroseph wrote:
I kid you not, the Molly Hatchet cover is so much better than this.  Blasphemy? Maybe. Truth?  Oh yes.

 
You're a comedian by trade, right?
One of the best morning songs ever.  Such a great way to start any day.  But it also works anytime of day.  A masterpiece.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this today {#Drummer}
You know it's sad when you never really appreciate someone's music until they're gone and you listen that much more carefully.
drictor wrote:
Ok, rated it a 10 already.  But I don't think 11 is even good enough.  This is so sublime it's beyond description.

 

 {#Clap}

cheers to Gregg
As I've commented here before, this was the first Allman Brothers song I ever heard, in a record store on 6th Street in Austin circa 1970.  I asked the guy at the counter who it was, had never heard of them, and bought the album on the spot.

Greg became one of my biggest influences in music as I set out to start my first rock band not long after buying that album.  I was a bass player back then, and so wanted to learn every thing about Berry Oakley's playing, but always wanted to sing like Greg.  I never could get there, but I'm not a bad singer and credit Greg with showing me how to dig deep, feel the emotion of a song, and bring it however that led me.

Rest in peace, Midnight Rider.
{#Meditate}
 pinto wrote:

Absolutely!

 
Agreed!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 drictor wrote:
Ok, rated it a 10 already.  But I don't think 11 is even good enough.  This is so sublime it's beyond description.

 
Absolutely!
 sirdroseph wrote:
I kid you not, the Molly Hatchet cover is so much better than this.  Blasphemy? Maybe. Truth?  Oh yes.

 
I didn't know that Molly Hatchet covered this. Nice rendition. IMHO, not up the same level as the Bros., especially the virtuosity of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. A matter of taste, I imagine. Thanks for sharing, it was well worth a listen.
Apparently Greg Allman is in poor health.  Get better Greg.  Thanks for all the amazing music.
 rednred wrote:
For all of you youngsters out there (pretty much those born after 1956, the year rock 'n' roll really got going, because you would have been 16 or 17 at the time) who like The Allman Brothers Band, I attended, along with about 15-20 good friends, and an estimated 600,000 to 1 million other hippie rockers, what was at the time billed as the second coming of Woodstock. It was in July 1973, four years after Woodstock, what most people knew as Watkins Glen, but was formally billed as Summer Jam. Unlike Woodstock, which had an estimated crowd of 400,000, took place over three days, with 32 bands, Watkins Glen was only one day with only three bands. But they were what were generally regarded as the three best American rock bands at that time, The Grateful Dead, The Band, and The Allman Brothers Band. It began at 12:00 PM, they played in that order, with The Allmans starting last, around 7:00 or 8:00 PM (after a heavy rain, a la Woodstock), and after The Allmans ended, members of all three bands jammed together until 2:00 or 3:00 AM. Yes, The Allman Brothers Band were a great band, even after Duane, like so many other rock greats, left us much too young.

 
Oh, so true, Rednred ... except for the year. I'm '58 and got into the band when this came out in the UK.  American Forces Radio overseas kept me sane. Saw them headline at Knebworth, '75 I think.
soothing
 Lazarus wrote: 
No, but who plays him then ?
How fascinating and strange !
I presume he changes back at the end of the song.
Do you like mushrooms ( regular, not psychedelic ) ?


For all of you youngsters out there (pretty much those born after 1956, the year rock 'n' roll really got going, because you would have been 16 or 17 at the time) who like The Allman Brothers Band, I attended, along with about 15-20 good friends, and an estimated 600,000 to 1 million other hippie rockers, what was at the time billed as the second coming of Woodstock. It was in July 1973, four years after Woodstock, what most people knew as Watkins Glen, but was formally billed as Summer Jam. Unlike Woodstock, which had an estimated crowd of 400,000, took place over three days, with 32 bands, Watkins Glen was only one day with only three bands. But they were what were generally regarded as the three best American rock bands at that time, The Grateful Dead, The Band, and The Allman Brothers Band. It began at 12:00 PM, they played in that order, with The Allmans starting last, around 7:00 or 8:00 PM (after a heavy rain, a la Woodstock), and after The Allmans ended, members of all three bands jammed together until 2:00 or 3:00 AM. Yes, The Allman Brothers Band were a great band, even after Duane, like so many other rock greats, left us much too young.
mmmmmmmmmm
Ok, rated it a 10 already.  But I don't think 11 is even good enough.  This is so sublime it's beyond description.
Rises slowly through the background fog, capturing tendrils of my awareness.  Wonderful song.
 sirdroseph wrote:
I kid you not, the Molly Hatchet cover is so much better than this.  Blasphemy? Maybe. Truth?  Oh yes.

 
Actually it depends on my mood and the songs before and after which is kind of the same thing when you think about it...
Hey these guys could make it big!
Fantastic, super, does the blues get any better?
Awesome!
 Dog_Ear wrote:
Hitchhiked across the USA in 1971. First night in SF I met a girl & we walked downtown (Friday night) then to the ticket booth where there was no line to see the Allman Brothers. 

 
Love this addition to this awesome music Dog_Ear thank you!!!  Allmans in the morning, gonna be a steady rockin' day  : )
 Lazarus wrote: 
Yeah, I heard him. He's wrong, of course.
Gotta be careful of those drugs, though.
That's what killed your earthly father.
Well, that and the excess weight.
I wish he could have had a longer, happier life.
 
It's hard to believe this song only scores a 7.8.  ABB is a gift to us all. 
Just as much a gem now as then, the groove simmering over a bed of blues, rock and jazz coals to heat it all up. Wow. Thanks for playing it Bill!
 rdo wrote:


I saw Gregg Allman interviewed on TV not long ago.  I was surprised at how inarticulate he was.  I mean, we're talking about one of the great rock bands, and the guy can barely string two sentences together.

 

We like to think that great art is produced by great intellects, but there really is no basis for that.  
 ODAD wrote:

What he said.

My church permits dancing, but not buck naked — sorry, Lazarus !

{#Dancingbanana}

 
You need a new church.
10 ....ALL DAY LONG!
 thewiseking wrote:
THIS is the one. This is the sound which created My Morning Jacket and so many others. If only they could get it right, if only...

 
...those bands wanted to be a carbon copy of this one.
THIS is the one. This is the sound which created My Morning Jacket and so many others. If only they could get it right, if only...
 kh808 wrote:
10 or if there is a 11 so be it Enough said!

 
What he said.

My church permits dancing, but not buck naked — sorry, Lazarus !

{#Dancingbanana}
10 or if there is a 11 so be it Enough said!
{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy} PERFECTION!!
 sirdroseph wrote:
I kid you not, the Molly Hatchet cover is so much better than this.  Blasphemy? Maybe. Truth?  Oh yes.

 
Whatever gets you off, I guess.  

Meanwhile, this track is one of the greatest ever laid down in rock & roll history, IMHO.  The blasphemy is anyone thinking they can cover it well enough to record the effort and put it out.  Best leave perfection alone, 

I think I've told this story before, but I was a young high school kid on a school trip to Austin (state golf tournament or state band quartet competition, don't remember which).  I walked into a record store on 6th Street and they were tracking this track over their sound system.  It was one of those moments when the trajectory of my musical awareness changed forever.  I walked straight up to the counter and asked who this music was.  Could have sworn the guy said "Osmond Brothers".  He straightened me out and I bought the LP.  I wasn't the kid walking out that I'd been walking in.

Two years later I was the bass player/vocalist in my first rock band, covering blues and rock standards of the day.  We were all Allman Brothers freaks, mushroom t-shirts, the whole deal.  We wouldn't touch covering any of their tunes in our shows.  It would have been sacrilege as we saw it. We would try them out in rehearsals, trying to figure out how they created pure magic with mere guitars, keyboards, and drums.  I nearly broke my fingers trying to work out Berry's licks on "Whipping Post".  We stuck to the easy stuff while working on our own "dreams", however hung up on those we'd never see.

 
some people say they don't like jazz but love the Allman Bros Band and "southern rock"
.
Allman Bros were a jazz band
Lynard Skynard was a rock band
Marshall Tucker was a country band
.
Muddy Waters said that "it's all folk music
you ain't never heard a horse sing"
 
 z11355 wrote:
Bombastic noodling on the guitar

 
You say that like it's a bad thing
{#Bananajam}I like the Molly Hatchet version of this song as well. Good stuff!
 h8rhater wrote:

I just read this rdo post.  I was not surprised at how condescending he was.  I mean, we're talking about one of the great h8rs on the board, and the guy can barely string three sentences together without expressing his own moral superiority.

 
Confuse not the artist with the art!
More Allman Brothers songs please!  So rarely hear them on RP.  One of the most underrated bands in history in my opinion.
Hitchhiked across the USA in 1971. First night in SF I met a girl & we walked downtown (Friday night) then to the ticket booth where there was no line to see the Allman Brothers. 
Gregg Allmann's recent performances on "Live at Abbey Road" are worth searching out - really impressive versions of new and old material
where's that 11 rating when you need it?
After the Universe created the All Bros, it broke the mold. 
 
Damn, that's nice.
Of all the "Classic Rock" bands, the ABB seem to have aged as well or better than any.
 rdo wrote:


I saw Gregg Allman interviewed on TV not long ago.  I was surprised at how inarticulate he was.  I mean, we're talking about one of the great rock bands, and the guy can barely string two sentences together.

 
I just read this rdo post.  I was not surprised at how condescending he was.  I mean, we're talking about one of the great h8rs on the board, and the guy can barely string three sentences together without expressing his own moral superiority.
Sublime, that is all.
 Cynaera wrote:
I'm not an old white guy, but I love this song. Whatever comparisons are made, I don't care. I just love the Allman Brothers, and this is an amazing jam.  I can close my eyes and be anywhere - driving down a long stretch of two-lane highway with no cars and only the sunrise in my eyes. I can be at the top of a mountain, with the clouds below me and the snow brushing my face.  I can be on a sandy beach with white sand, sunshine, and the sound of a ukelele in the distance.  I can be anywhere, doing anything.  This song takes me to those places.  The Allman Brothers' music always does that to me.

Okay - you drink your white chai tea or sniff your glue or whatever else you might do to get inspired. I listen to the music of RadioParadise, and it keeps me alive and motivates me and inspires me. I love RP.

Shutting up now.

 
Glorious Spirits Rock On
The "old white guy" comments and the mention of other, good cover versions brings to mind the wonderful cover that Buddy Miles did of this song. Buddy was a big Gregg Allman fan and covered several of his songs.
I kid you not, the Molly Hatchet cover is so much better than this.  Blasphemy? Maybe. Truth?  Oh yes.
 Lazarus wrote:

I'm a lover, not a fighter...  I live in a homeless camp now, and everybody in my homeless camp loves this magnificent song...  have you noticed how Duane Allman changes to a bottleneck guitar halfway through "Dreams"?  Unique, ethereal, and emotive music...

hope you are having a splendid time right this minute, kcar...

 
Thanks,  bud, I am. Actually I was reading Cynaera's post about not/sniffing glue and was taken by how clearly her voice comes through in her posts. Fit the music perfectly. Love Gregg's singing. 

Haven't you and your lot been adopted by space aliens at this point? I cannot keep up with the crazy spins of your wheel of fortune.