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Coloring Club Plus — 11/13/19

Nov 13

I love the sound of the Allman Brothers Band. I may be accused of sacrilege when I say that I had to turn this album off about halfway through. What is usually that wondrous lead guitar turned into an annoying mosquito as the songs dragged out way way way too long. I just looked on the back of the album at the song list and see there is a 23-minute version of Whipping Post. No way no how. I chose a song towards the front of this album for today that does have just the perfect balance of guitar with the rest of the ensemble. As I researched (i.e. googled wiki) I discovered this song was written by “American blues electric guitar pioneer T-Bone Walker,” so Mr. Walker’s version will also be included.

Shortly after completing recording of their second album, Idlewild South (1970), band leader Duane Allman was contacted by guitarist Eric Clapton to contribute to his new project, Derek and the Dominos. Allman was a huge fan of his work with the band Cream, and likewise Clapton enjoyed Allman’s session work on Wilson Pickett’s “Hey Jude” some years prior. They met after a show one night in Miami and had a jam session together until the next afternoon, with the two guitarists regarding one another as “instant soulmates.” Clapton invited Duane to join Derek and the Dominos, and according to band biographer Alan Paul he considered it; in the end, he declined and rejoined the Allman Brothers Band, returning after missing a string of several shows. The sessions were collected on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, issued that November.

At Fillmore East is the first live album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band, and their third release overall. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album was released in July 1971 in the United States by Capricorn Records. As the title indicates, the recording took place at the New York City music venue Fillmore East, which was run by concert promoter Bill Graham. It was recorded over the course of three nights in March 1971 and features the band performing extended jam versions of songs such as “Whipping Post”, “You Don’t Love Me” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” When first commercially released, it was issued as a double LP with just seven songs across four vinyl sides.

At Fillmore East was the band’s artistic and commercial breakthrough, and has been considered by some critics to be one of the greatest live albums in rock music. It has also been ranked among the best overall albums by artists and continues to be a top seller in the band’s catalog, becoming their first album to go platinum. In 2004, the album was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, deemed to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” by the National Recording Registry.

Stormy Monday” echoes the band’s blues roots, and many guitar parts come from the version cut by Bobby “Blue” Bland in the early 1960s. Allman and Betts trade solos, as does Gregg Allman on the organ as the tempo shifts into a “swinging” beat.

Per wikipedia:
Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)” (commonly referred to as “Stormy Monday”) is a song written and recorded by American blues electric guitar pioneer T-Bone Walker (aka Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker (May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975) .)  It is a slow twelve-bar blues performed in the West Coast blues-style that features Walker’s smooth, plaintive vocal and distinctive guitar work. As well as becoming a record chart hit in 1948, it inspired B.B. King and others to take up the electric guitar. “Stormy Monday” became Walker’s best-known and most-recorded song.

In 1961, Bobby “Blue” Bland further popularized the song with an appearance in the pop record charts. Bland introduced a new arrangement with chord substitutions, which was later used in many subsequent renditions. His version also incorrectly used the title “Stormy Monday Blues”, which was copied and resulted in royalties being paid to songwriters other than Walker. The Allman Brothers Band recorded an extended version for their first live album in 1971, with additional changes to the arrangement. Through the album’s popularity and the group’s concert performances, they brought “Stormy Monday” to the attention of rock audiences. Similarly, R&B singer Latimore’s 1973 hit recording made it popular with a later R&B audience.

“Stormy Monday” is one of the most popular blues standards, with numerous renditions. As well as being necessary for blues musicians, it is also found in the repertoires of many jazz, soul, pop, and rock performers. The song is included in the Grammy, Rock and Roll, and Blues Foundation halls of fame as well as the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

They call it stormy Monday
But Tuesday’s just as bad
They call it stormy Monday
But Tuesday’s just as bad
Lord, and Wednesday’s worse
And Thursday’s all so bad
The eagle flies on Friday
Saturday I go out to play
The eagle flies on Friday
Saturday I go out to play
Sunday I go to church, yeah
Gonna kneel down and pray
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Though I’m tryin’ and tryin’ to find my baby
Won’t somebody please send ‘er home

Oh ho
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Yeah, I’m proud, Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Though I’m tryin’, tryin’ to find my baby
Won’t send ‘er home, yeah, oh baby
Songwriter: T-Bone Walker (aka Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker



11 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 11/13/19

  1. Gregg Allman was said not to be a fan of the long jamming songs but that was the style then. I always put this album on when I’m working on a project at home and let it play. The musicianship is great.

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