Can’t take it with you, everybody knows: Gregg Allman sings Don Johnson?!
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away … the music box set was created. I’m not exactly sure what the first box set was. A very lazy and short search on the internet leads me to lots of dead ends to find out the year and artist as the rightful claim to the throne. For good or ill I will rely on my memory.
They became fast friends after that and wrote a few songs together. A couple of those songs found their way on the Dreams box set. One of which is called “Can’t Take it With You”. This originally appeared on the Allman’s 1979 album, “Enlightened Rogues”. The song, like the much of the album, wasn’t first rate, but it was solid effort from a band trying to strike those old sparks again. I like the song for a couple reasons: it has an inspired, hard-charger tempo and has one of the best vocal performances from Gregg of that period. He is tearing into this song with fervor and fire and growl and grit. His voice is back to being an instrument in the song. The lyrics are about as deep as a plastic kiddie pool: “hot wire a fast car, just to take a ride”. What gives them any validation at all is the conviction Gregg sings them with. I was going to say that he put a lot of effort into the vocal, but that isn’t correct. It is the fact that it seems effortless that gives the performance impact. This song is on CD for of the Dreams box set. CD 4 on box sets can be a throw-away collection of remixes, “current” hits and misses and highs and lows. Technically you could say this about CD4 of Dreams, but these misfits feel right at home in the story of band of full of highs and lows. Put Can’t Take it With You in your ear and enjoy a burning vocal from Gregg. Don Johnson sure knows how to inspire, doesn’t he? (you should have seen my outfit for my junior prom: white suit, turquoise t-shirt and pink cumber bun) http://listen.grooveshark.com/songWidget.swf
I met him back when I was living back on the Allman Brothers farm. I needed some milk and some eggs from the store. And you know, we were way, way back in the woods. And they had picked our driveway to film a scene in [a movie] Return to Macon County. (Laughs) So they came in there about daylight to start shooting, and I didn’t even know they was making a movie. So I’m heading down the driveway. The damn driveway was a mile long. They had two cars there, and he and Nick Nolte were in a fist fight over the hood of a car.
Now I know enough about movies to know when they say ‘cut,’ they aren’t filming. So as soon as they hit the clacker, I drove my car around through the ditch, and got through the cameras and got to the store. On the way back, Don stopped me and said ‘you ain’t too impressed with us movie stars, are you?’ (Laughs) He said most people stop and start asking questions. I told him it wasn’t that I was not impressed, but that I lived back up in there and just had to go to the store. So he started talking and asked me who I was, and I told him and he said , “No way.” But that’s how we met. He said, “You’re kiddin’ me. I heard the Allman Brothers had a farm around here.” But we’be been friends ever since then.