Album: The Allman Brothers Band (1969)

Songfacts®:

  • Gregg Allman wrote this sorrowful song about unrealized dreams when he was living in Los Angeles. He left Georgia to get his music career going there, and wrote a bunch of songs before returning and forming The Allman Brothers Band with his brother Duane. This was the song that won over his bandmates. Allman wrote in his 2012 biography: "I showed them 'Dreams,' and let me tell you, they joined right in. We learned that song the way you hear it today, and I was in, brother."
  • Listen to the guitar part - you'll hear Duane Allman switch to bottleneck guitar midway through the song.
  • "Dreams" was used as the title of The Allman Brothers 1989 5-album boxed set. An unreleased studio version of this song was used on it.
  • Molly Hatchet released a version of this in 1978. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA
  • This is one of the few songs Gregg Allman wrote on the Hammond B-3 organ.

Comments: 26

  • Jeff JThere's an unbelievable version of Dreams on the new live album from the 71' Atlanta Pop Festival with the entire band before Duane's accident!
  • Mike MIf you believe hatchet did this best your nuts... The buddy version blows the hatchet version out of the water... and is still inferior the brothers version.
  • Mark from KansasI am in a band that are working on that tune. I have learned the Allman Brothers version on organ and vocals, which I grew up with. I hope the other members like that version because I can't stomach Barney from the Simpson's-style vocals that I hear on Molly Hatchet's version, much less the treatment of the lyrics.
  • William from IrelandI have just listened to Hatchet's version for the first time, abandoning it after a few minutes, as the whole point of the song is the contrasting tempo between the the bass and the drums on one side and the vocals and guitar on the other, Hatchet mashing the whole lot into one tempo, simplifying the song considerably, but losing the beautiful urgency and tension in the original. Is Barry's September 23, 1970 PBS version the one with the screwed-up vocals mic - if not, it would be great for it to come out of the cobwebs.
  • Brad from FlHeard Molly do it first, Danny and the boys did it right. Then just last week heard the Butch Trucks band crank it up with Duane Berry Oakley on bass (of course) and lead vocal...magic.
  • Marino from St. LouisThat PBS recording is on Face Book but unfortunately Gregg's microphone is turned really low until late in the last verse. Then it gets very clear and you realize just how incredible it would have been to hear the whole song. There is precious little out there on video of the complete band with Dwayne and Barry - it's a real treat to watch them - I'm a drummer and early Jaimo is almost non-existent. No two drummers ever played together like that and Barry Oakley was one of the best bass players ever. They just came along too early, now days you can find recordings the night after a concert happens. They were the best, in my opinion - tight, clean, original, powerful, nasty, sweet - listen to HOT LANTA, turned way up on a monster stereo and you get a taste of the direction they were headed. Been searching for another like them for 44 years....maybe someday.
  • Carl from Detroit, MiIt seems that any "louder" re-make of a song seems to be better to some people. (IE: Guns and Roses version of "Live and Let Die") I'm just waiting for death-metal "scream-o" group to do a version of the Allman's "Dreams" so someone can call it better than the original.
  • Dave from Struthers, OhI love all 3 versions of this song (that I know of). This song is Greg Allman's masterpiece. Very bluesy and core to the jam band sound that these guys are famous for. Buddy Miles covered this and did everything a truly great cover is supposed to do. Any bar band can make a cookie cutter remake of a song. Buddy Miles saw some potential here and made it his own. When Molly Hatchet did their remake, I believe theirs is way closer to Buddy Miles' version than ABB's, but with more power and Danny Joe Brown's voice behind it truly blew this song into the stratosphere.
  • Duane from Woodbridge, VaMolly Hatchet copied/stole the version of Dreams that Buddy Miles did on his album Them Changes (1970)
  • Craig from Chester, GaThe Hatchet version is too up tempo for the subject matter IMHO. That said, I actually heard the hatchet version first, but fell in love with the Allman's version the first time I heard it.
  • Doug from Bristol, MeYeah! What Wayne said. Good stuff, from both bands.
  • Vince from Lantana, FlRock on Ed from Lake City
  • Vince from Lantana, FlThis song rocks ,,,,screw Molly Hatchett
  • Rick from Graysville, MoHatchett's version was excellent, but better, PUUUULEEEEZE
  • Wayne from Crockett, TxI like both versions, different yet similar, kind of like enjoying two different bottles of good red wine
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InYet another great song by the Allmans.
    And, yes, I am well aware that the Allman purists will hate me for pointing it out, but Molly Hatchett's "Dreams I'll Never See" cover is better still, longer, more intense guitars.
    But I love almost anything done by the Allman Brothers, especially "Blue Sky" and "Whipping Post."
  • Ed from Lake City, Flfor the ones who think hatchet's versions is better, ya'll ain't real allman brothers fans. cause this is a allman masterpiece
  • Michael from Summerdale, AlQuite possibly the best song Greg ever wrote for someone else to record......... The bros didn't do THAT good a job on it. They have way better stuff. When the Hatchet got hold of it, they turned it into a song. Changed the time signature and cranked it, yanked it, rocked it, rolled it, crammed it, and jammed it.
  • Colt from Columbus, GaActually, he left Florida, his home state, not Georgia, to go to California. He only moved to Macon, GA after Duane put the rest of the group together, convinced him to come back east, and they signed to capricorn Records which was based in Macon. That said; incredible song. My memory could be off, but I believe this is the one he wrote on an iron cover in a dark room by lighting matches, blowing them out, and using the charred tips, so as not to wake someone else in the room up, after it came to him in his sleep...
  • John from Jasper, CanadaIt is okay but the Molly Hatchet version is such an improvement.
  • Donald from Pittsburg, CaI really love Greg's trill when the song leaves the main theme and goes into the instrumental phase. The song that saved my life was "Sultans Of Swing", something about the counter-voice that repeats "...swing" that gave me the green light to accept what I can't change and keep on trucking.
  • John from Watkinsville, GaI believe Gregg said in an interview once that this was the first song the Allman Brothers Band learned all the way through, when they formed in '69.
    Wail on, Skydog, wail on.
  • Gary from Seattle, WaThe Molly Hatchet version was titled "Dream's I'll Never See."

    Be safe,
    Gary
  • Jack from Oak Ridge, NcSome of duane allman's most beautiful guitar work. Has a very ethereal spacy feeling throughout. Absolutely haunting atmosphere.
  • William from Las Cruces, NmA lifesaving song about bravery in the face of severe depression. Saved my life, anyway.
  • Barry from New York, NyA nice version of this song appears in an unreleased video of the Allmans' Fillmore East performance of September 23, 1970. Various other acts including Van Morrison, Sha Na Na and The Byrds performed for a concert that eventually appeared on PBS in 1971. Unfortunately the ABB set never aired.
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