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

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Total ratings: 1639
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Released: 1987
Length: 7:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 ojibwe wrote:


... and it's still too short.

 
{#Lol}
Excellent, classic tune, but not for the ADD crowd.  {#Arrowd}
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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:
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An instant 10.   Been a ten in my books for 20 years.

{#Yell} 
 Huey wrote:

Who the hell is Lawrence Welk?....wait I'll google.  I presume you think that everyone over 40 lives in the USA??  You may be correct!!
 
Yes, over 40 in the USA - sorry, I should have been more specific about that.

* Fixed it.
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...
 Proclivities wrote:

No, it does not.  Just about anyone over 40 knows who Lawrence Welk was; one does not need to be deeply familiar with him, or his work, as a prerequisite for invoking his name.
 
Who the hell is Lawrence Welk?....wait I'll google.  I presume you think that everyone over 40 lives in the USA??  You may be correct!!
 tkosh wrote:

I saw these guys play this live in Portland in 1973.  Maybe you just have to be there sometimes.  It's all good!
 

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!
 Hannio wrote:


I think so, too.  And I'll add maudlin and schmaltzy.  It is the rock version of Lawrence Welk.
 

 bam23 wrote:

This statement more than implies a deep familiarity with Lawrence Welk! How'd you hack it?
 
That comment does not "more than imply" any "deep familiarity with Lawrence Welk" - you apparently inferred that.  Just about anyone over 40 (in the U.S.) knows who Lawrence Welk was; one does not need to be deeply familiar with him, or his work, as a requirement for invoking his name.  But who knows?  Maybe that poster is deeply familiar with the work of Lawrence Welk, and your inference was accurate.
While I've heard this song too many times to be eager to hear it anymore, I wouldn't put it in the "Lawrence Welk" category.
Just drove by "The Big House" about 45 minutes ago!
Simply one of the best driving / road trip songs ever.
 Hannio wrote:


I think so, too.  And I'll add maudlin and schmaltzy.  It is the rock version of Lawrence Welk.
 
This statement more than implies a deep familiarity with Lawrence Welk! How'd you hack it?
Truly amazing guitar playing.