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Your Favorite Allman Brothers Band Bass Player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Roger W, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. Berry Oakley

    159 vote(s)
  2. Lamar Williams

    5 vote(s)
  3. David Goldflies

    4 vote(s)
  4. Allen Woody

    18 vote(s)
  5. Oteil Burbridge

    37 vote(s)
  6. I cannot pick just one!

    35 vote(s)
  7. I hate the Allman Brothers and would never voluntarily listen to them.

    1 vote(s)
  8. I’ve never heard of this band.

    1 vote(s)
  9. Carrots!

    4 vote(s)
  1. Roger W

    Roger W Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2019
    Baltimore USA
    The Allman Brothers Band is near the top of my list of rock bands. Of course, like any long running band, there was tragedy along the way. Who was your favorite bassist within the context of the band? What they did before, after, or in side projects doesn’t count.

    It’s nearly a 4-way tie for me, but I’ll choose Mr. Oakley since he laid the groundwork for the rest.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2020
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  2. Hover-Rich

    Hover-Rich Commercial User

    Jan 21, 2018
    Craig, Colorado
    Hover Harness, LLC
    I agree about Berry. Okay, I'm an old guy but the stuff he did with the early ABB is golden, IMO.
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  3. cusar5


    Feb 17, 2008
    Planet Iommia
    Berry for sure. The ABB had many great bassists over the years, but they all build on the foundation laid by Brother B.O.
  4. iammr2


    Jun 10, 2002
    Berry - he laid the foundation.
  5. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Every bassist they had was great, but Berry will always be at the top of my influences because he was around when I first started playing. The Allman Brothers were like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to me, always bringing in top young talent to fill whoever left the band. One of the best bands ever! IMHO
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  6. Roger W

    Roger W Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2019
    Baltimore USA
    I think Lamar Williams gets a bit of a short shrift since he was there immediately after Duane and Berry died and the band went for 2 keyboard players instead of 2 guitar players. I really like “Brothers and Sisters” and “Dollar Gas” with the exception of Jessica on side 4. I won’t talk about his time in Sea Level since that violates my rules.
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  7. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I'll talk about Sea Level, I loved that band! I saw them before the expanded lineup and they killed! I loved Lamar's playing.
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  8. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Definitely B.O.
    His playing clearly influenced the ABB sound. Next to Duane, nobody influenced their sound and music style more.
    All the ABB bass players that followed Berry primary emulated his playing.
    He was certainly one of my main influences.
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  9. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'm practically indifferent to anything about the Allman Brothers Band, but at least today I learned something new: A guy named "David Goldflies" apparently played bass with them.

    Who knew?!?!
  10. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Berry Oakley, obviously. This is a question? Wish id seen him live before he died.
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  11. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Berry Oakley wrote the blueprint that everyone else followed. They were all great, but they all followed the Berry lead.
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  13. I'm a huge Allen Woody fan. That being said, no Berry... no Woody. And I think Woody would've agreed.
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  14. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
  15. Somewhere around 77-78. That ad ran in Guitar Player for at least a year. That's the only reason I know of him. The ABB is not on my radar at all.
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  16. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    I saw them live with Goldflies, ppaying the first Alembic Series 1 I ever saw, monstrously huge bass. He did like a 15 minute bass solo, par for the course. Great player, but Oakley was the best.
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  17. Skip Chucker

    Skip Chucker

    Dec 9, 2018

    No question! Oteil is my favorite bassist!
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  18. Father Gino

    Father Gino Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2018
    Farthard, Connecticut
    I think the live at the Fillmore stuff was the best that that band ever did. They had a cohesive and unique sound that was lost once Berry was gone. To be honest, I’ve not listened much to the bands later offerings. What I have heard just never grabbed me. I could listen to Hot ‘Lanta over and over again. Oakley melodically sailing through that tune over that freight train duel drumming just floors me.
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  19. Berry, Fillmore shows. stuff of ongoing legend.
  20. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    I saw him a couple of times. Here's a couple of pics a friend of mine took of him playing at the Macon Auditorium April 1971. It was the last time Duane would play there.

    Alman-3small.jpg Alman-2small.jpg
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