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  1. WOW, amazing piece. Maybe the best thing I have ever read regarding looking for "The Absolute Sound" and so much more than a primer. More like a thesis and reality check from all that so many of us audiophiles think we know. Been a so called audiophile since early 80s and have to say I have never read a better piece regarding what so many of us are trying to achieve and usually blindly based on erroneous assumptions from "experts" of limited knowledge. I am truly appreciative for this incredible piece you have written. Really awesome as well as humbling.
  2. I think everyone needs to judge any historical figure(s) in the context of when they lived (and performed). Of course on a personal note you can judge The Dead strictly on the merits of their music but without context you lose who and what they were and just how much influence their music had.
  3. Couldn't agree more. And you are older than me so it goes more for you than even me, but I was close. Those bands and individuals really did have a huge influence. Speaking of Hal Greer. Elmer would coach Hal Greer alone off season to teach him to get a quicker first step. He had me do the same exercise over and over and over again. Having a chair at the foul line and taking layups going around the chair in 30 seconds. I think, if memory serves me, Greer was ultimately able to do 7 in 30 seconds.
  4. Yes I REMEMBER that Big East tournament well. As a competitor myself in HS and college, I was a BBall junkie. Went to the first game Bill Bradley ever played. One of my coaches, Elmer Ripley, may he RIP, who is a hall of famer, got me tickets to that game a few rows behind the basket. Well they played the Pistons and the Knicks were getting beat and my buddy and I were leaving literally a couple of feet from the court when Bing gets the ball in the corner, takes a jump shot and his feet were literally at the height of my chin. I got to meet him that night as no one from the Knicks
  5. Well tells you something. Could you imagine them playing In Memory of Elizabeth Reed at a Bar Mitvah or wedding??
  6. While I am no Syracuse fan and usually don't like the "coaches kid" except The Pistol for LSU, Buddy Boeheim has been awesome. Just another tidbit. Jim Boeheim was Dave Bing's roommate as a freshman!
  7. Also that night, during the "second show" they did an absolutely stunning jam of Elizabeth Reed. They actually loved "The Brook" and considered it one of their main venues. They played there multiple times and loved it. There are some interesting interviews of some of the band members about their love for Stony Brook and that night in particular. Had I known it was the last time we were going to seen Duane I would have woken up my passed out friend.
  8. Yes I saw Duane multiple times. I also saw what I believe was their first concert after he died, at CW Post in Long Island. It was horrible, from an emotional and music standpoint. They pretty much cut their concert short and this was in the days that they did minimum of 3 hour concerts. None of us AB fans/junkies thought they could ever recover without Duane but they did but it was nothing like with him. The GREATEST concert I have ever been to, which is actually on CD but the CD sucks, was when they played in my college at SUNY Stony Brook in Long Island. (The Allman Brothers Ba
  9. No by no means am I comparing their "artistic value" to Dylan. What I am comparing is their effect on the masses and their followers; their historical contribution. Again, I don't know how old you are or how old most of the people responding to the this post are but few had the amazing influence on our young/revolutionary population in the 60s and 70s as The Dead did. Trust me, I am not a huge fan and not trying to prop them up, however, anyone living in America during those times need give them their just due in the history of the era. While I didn't live on the west coast, I did
  10. These threads kind of remind me of a thread LONG AGO when Dylan won the Nobel prize. I initially took the POV that it was ridiculous when some of you convinced me that Dylan was so much more than his music but more of a cultural icon that through his music had huge impact on a huge % of his audience. I agreed when I said "why not Dylan". The Dead as well as some of these other groups being mentioned really go beyond their music. Like Clapton, no one does them their true justice if we, in the year 2021, just evaluate them based on some of their music. I can make a strong case that
  11. I was never a huge Dead fan and in fact, stupidly, when I was a kid of 16-18 in 69-71 you had to swear your allegiance to either the Dead or The Allman Brothers. I was an AB junkie what can I say. I never really sit down to listen to the Dead anymore, but do find some of their music fun while driving around the mountains in MT. Now I will say this about the Dead and for those of you who aren't old enough to understand what it was like when you were at a party or concert with air filled with Dead tunes (among other things), it was much more than just the music. It literally was wha
  12. Well this thread kind of reminds me of my 1969-1971 growing up days in Brooklyn. There were rules. You either swore your allegiance to The Dead or The Allman Brothers. You couldn’t do both; sacrilege. While at the time I was no big Band fan my friend Jasmine (may he RIP) dragged me to a concert New Years eve at the Academy of Music in NY promising me, at least rumor had it Clapton was going to be there, BUT “unfortunately’ it was Dylan. And The Band Played On.
  13. Off topic. Great photos. I love photography and know a lot about photography but admit that I suck as a photographer. It’s really one of my joys and photos really remind me of music and very apropos to this “discussion”. Photos move some of us while some could care less and then you have people who believe hey it’s a camera so why is one picture different than another to who I would say just look at the 2 examples in your post. As a lover of national parks one of my favorites is Ansel Adams. I was fortunate enough many years ago, back in the late 80s, to get a f
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