Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Allman Brothers Band Animation

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Ok, the Allman Brothers Band... from Brett Underhill on Vimeo.


Brett Underhill is so into The Allman Brothers Band (or, as the cool people call them, ABB) that he made this wicked animation of them singing "Statesboro Blues" composed of multiple versions over different decades and line-ups of The Allman Brothers Band.

The animation is great and highly stylized. It is a bang-up representation of the band for those who are its biggest fans. The caricatures of the well-known frontmen - such as Gregg and Duane Allman - are spot on, but so are those of some of the lesser-known figures. In a word, the animation is evocative.

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Greg Allman

The changing hairstyles of the band members themselves merit study. Throw in the scattered references to the band's songs - just for the most obvious example, the sign marker for "Highway 41" references "Ramblin' Man" - and you have a delight for true fans.

Now, if I had made this video, I might have chosen a different song such as, well, "Ramblin' Man." But "Statesboro Blues" works to perfection in showing the band's evolution through the 40+ years that they have been entertaining the masses.

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I suppose it would help you enjoy the animation if you had followed the band through all the years and recognized everyone. It is southern rock at its finest. Personally, I think the video is brilliant, because it combines a chronological record of the band through the ingenious method of swapping in different bandmates and sounds - and there have been a lot of people flowing in and out of the band.

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In any event, it is quite an achievement, done by someone who obviously knows a lot more about the band than probably any of us casual fans do. Some of the comments to the video are from people in the video, which is a rarity and a treat.

From the creator's site:
40 years (and counting) of the best damned band in the land...
"Statesboro Blues" written by Blind Willie McTell
Concept art and commentary at porkchopbob.blogspot.com/2010/11/production-art-commentary-ok-allman.html
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This adds another arrow to the animation quiver - animation as historical record.

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