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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 09:51 AM
Last night I went to see Little Feat and they did a version of The Weight. I have seen this song performed by more bands than any other song that I can think of. I have seen it performed by The Band, the Grateful Dead, Mavis Staples, the Allman Brothers Band and now Little Feat. After 48 years since it first appeared on The Band's debut album, Music From Big Pink, it still stands the test of time. I love the whole cast of characters and the story that gets told. You've got Carmen, the Devil, Miss Fanny, Crazy Chester, Miss Moses, Luke and Anna Lee. Plus I just enjoy the overall simplicity of the song.

While I was searching for how many artists that had also covered the song I found a great article written by David Viney on The Band's website.

http://theband.hiof.no/articles/the_weight_viney.html

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 10:07 AM
Peter Viney,who wrote the article,is a brilliant person who has a vast knowledge of anything "Band"--if you look through The Band website,you'll find lots of Peter's writings--always insightful & always lots to learn from Peter--just don't mess with him online--he's a bit ornery lol
 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 12:09 PM
Then there is Aretha Franklin's version, with that skinny blonde guy on guitar. That's the arrangement done by the ABB. I love it with Mrs. Trucks on vocals.

[Edited on 5/10/2010 by absnj]

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 12:56 PM
Jackie DeShannon's version has always been the "default" setting in my mind.....did The Band's single preceed hers?

Interesting piece. I guess you can let it paint whatever picture you want. I always did the Old West thing myself. But a lot of missing pieces.

 
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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 12:59 PM
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]Last night I went to see Little Feat and they did a version of The Weight.


How was it?

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 01:27 PM
Love the way The Band performs it. Can't stand the ABB arrangement.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 01:47 PM
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]Last night I went to see Little Feat and they did a version of The Weight.


How was it?


I hadn't seen Little Feat in a bunch of years and had no expectations going in. The last time I saw them they had a female singer who kind of killed the songs for me. They seem to have reinvented themselves since then. The show was really fun, the crowd was mostly subdued sitting in their seats in the gold circle section and on chairs and blankets on the lawn. Dixie Chicken kind of dragged along, becoming even longer with Tennessee Jed sandwiched in the middle of the song. Ron Holloway sat in for most of the show and he's always a welcome addition to anything and John Kadlicek sat in on fiddle showing a side of him I didn't know. Next time they comr to town I will not hesitate to see them.

Date: 5/9/2010 Location: Loudoun Summer Music Festival - Ashburn, VA
Setlist:
Fat Man In The Bathtub* > Get Up Stand Up* > Fat Man In The Bathtub*, Feel The Groove*, Fallin' & Flyin'*, In A Town Like This*, Willin'# > Don't Bogart That Joint# > The Weight# > Willin'#, Can't Be Satisfied > Hot Tamales, Cajun Girl*, Dixie Chicken* > Bass Solo > Key Solo >Key solo w/ Ron Holloway* > Tennessee Jed* > Dixie Chicken*, E: Oh Atlanta*
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Delbert McClinton opened, * w/ Ron Holloway, # W/ John Kadlecik(from Further and Dark Star Orchestra)

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 02:01 PM
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Love the way The Band performs it. Can't stand the ABB arrangement.


I agree!!! LOL As much as I love Gregg's singing, he had a mental block with that song!
It is my favorite rock song of all time! By The Band!

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 02:41 PM
The Weight

by J.R.Robertson. Album: Music from Big Pink
1968, 1970 Dwarf Music



A C#m D A
I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin' about half past dead;
C#m D A
I just need some place where I can lay my head.
C#m D A
"Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?"
C#m D A
He just grinned and shook my hand, and "No!", was all he said.


(Chorus
A E D A E D
Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free;
A E D A D
Take a load off Fanny, And (and) (and) you can put the load right on me.

A E D A D

I picked up my bag, I went lookin' for a place to hide;
When I saw Carmen and the Devil walkin' side by side.
I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on, let's go downtown."
She said, "I gotta go, but m'friend can stick around."

(Chorus)

Go down, Miss Moses, there's nothin' you can say
It's just ol' Luke, and Luke's waitin' on the Judgement Day.
"Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Anna Lee?"
He said, "Do me a favor, son, woncha stay an' keep Anna Lee company?"

(Chorus)

Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog.
He said, "I will fix your rack, if you'll take Jack, my dog."
I said, "Wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man."
He said, "That's okay, boy, won't you feed him when you can."

(Chorus)

Catch a cannon ball now, t'take me down the line
My bag is sinkin' low and I do believe it's time.
To get back to Miss Fanny, you know she's the only one.
Who sent me here with her regards for everyone.

(Chorus)


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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 02:43 PM
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Love the way The Band performs it. Can't stand the ABB arrangement.


I agree!!! LOL As much as I love Gregg's singing, he had a mental block with that song!
It is my favorite rock song of all time! By The Band!


Love the energy of the ABB version with the right guests: Jazzfest 07 w/ Chuck and 3/16/09 with Bonnie & Becka Brammlet & Susan. 3/9/10 (opening night) with Helm, etc was also special.

 

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Oh Ron Holloway came out to play, how nice.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 04:00 PM
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]Last night I went to see Little Feat and they did a version of The Weight.


How was it?


I hadn't seen Little Feat in a bunch of years and had no expectations going in. The last time I saw them they had a female singer who kind of killed the songs for me. They seem to have reinvented themselves since then. The show was really fun, the crowd was mostly subdued sitting in their seats in the gold circle section and on chairs and blankets on the lawn. Dixie Chicken kind of dragged along, becoming even longer with Tennessee Jed sandwiched in the middle of the song. Ron Holloway sat in for most of the show and he's always a welcome addition to anything and John Kadlicek sat in on fiddle showing a side of him I didn't know. Next time they comr to town I will not hesitate to see them.

Date: 5/9/2010 Location: Loudoun Summer Music Festival - Ashburn, VA
Setlist:
Fat Man In The Bathtub* > Get Up Stand Up* > Fat Man In The Bathtub*, Feel The Groove*, Fallin' & Flyin'*, In A Town Like This*, Willin'# > Don't Bogart That Joint# > The Weight# > Willin'#, Can't Be Satisfied > Hot Tamales, Cajun Girl*, Dixie Chicken* > Bass Solo > Key Solo >Key solo w/ Ron Holloway* > Tennessee Jed* > Dixie Chicken*, E: Oh Atlanta*
Comments:
Delbert McClinton opened, * w/ Ron Holloway, # W/ John Kadlecik(from Further and Dark Star Orchestra)




Very cool. Nice set-list...Sounds like a great time, with Delbert McClinton opening as well!.....Money. Agree about the Feat and losing Shaun. The female vocals up front...well, it just wasn't the Feat ...not to me anyway..The Craig Fuller years were great because his vocal presence up front was almost, "tribute like"... even though Craig, ...was just singing like Craig.

Debert is awesome...I've been fortunate enough to see/hear him about 5-6 times in the last decade or so. Thanks for your impressions of the show....

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 08:35 PM
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Love the way The Band performs it. Can't stand the ABB arrangement.


I agree!!! LOL As much as I love Gregg's singing, he had a mental block with that song!
It is my favorite rock song of all time! By The Band!


Gregg doesn't sing that song. Warren or Susan sing it. You're probably thinking of The Night They Drove Ole' Dixie Down. Which I in fact...hate.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 08:50 PM
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Love the way The Band performs it. Can't stand the ABB arrangement.


I agree!!! LOL As much as I love Gregg's singing, he had a mental block with that song!
It is my favorite rock song of all time! By The Band!


Warren is the only one I ever heard sing this for ABB. I really like Soul Stew Revival's version.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 09:14 PM
Cool moment - After the ABB played a wonderful version of the Weight at the Beacon 2006 with Susan T singing, we headed to one of our favorite gathering spots, The P&G. Derek comes in with some friends around 1AM (who all seemed young - they were his age!). One of the first things he does is put $$ in the juke box to play The Band's original version of The Weight! Kind of funny.

I did speak with him very briefly and told him he really nailed the "boxy" Duane slide part. He said "Duane was real young when he recorded that one!"

(PS - the ABB arrangement is from the Aretha version, which Duane played on)

 

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  posted on 5/10/2010 at 09:15 PM
Soul Stew's version (which is great) is a "cover" of Aretha's cover.

I can't decide whether I like the original version by the Band or the Aretha / SSR version better. Doesn't matter, I guess. 2 great versions of a classic.

The Night They Drove... is a fantastic tune the way the Band did it. I love the version on the Last Waltz. Not so crazy about ABB's version

 

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I agree!!! LOL As much as I love Gregg's singing, he had a mental block with that song!
It is my favorite rock song of all time! By The Band!


That could be you Ruth, Warrens usually sings it for the ABB... you might be thinking of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

 

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Love the way The Band performs it. Can't stand the ABB arrangement.


I agree!!! LOL As much as I love Gregg's singing, he had a mental block with that song!
It is my favorite rock song of all time! By The Band!


Gregg doesn't sing that song. Warren or Susan sing it. You're probably thinking of The Night They Drove Ole' Dixie Down. Which I in fact...hate.


I should have read your post before I posted the identical response!!!

 

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  posted on 5/11/2010 at 11:52 AM
m I saw LF do this in B'ham a few years back...I thought it was great.

 

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  posted on 5/18/2010 at 10:03 PM
Here's the link to the video with John Kadlicek on fiddle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHCRmHGxvYQ

 

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  posted on 5/18/2010 at 10:44 PM
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Here's the link to the video with John Kadlicek on fiddle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHCRmHGxvYQ


A little too hurried for my ultimate liking, but for some reason I find the arrangement pretty cool!

 

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  posted on 5/19/2010 at 08:06 AM
Saw an interesting version last night on Elvis Costello's tv show. Levon on drums -no vocal, Allen Toussaint, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Costello singing and playing.

 

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  posted on 5/20/2010 at 07:57 AM
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Then there is Aretha Franklin's version, with that skinny blonde guy on guitar. That's the arrangement done by the ABB. I love it with Mrs. Trucks on vocals.

[Edited on 5/10/2010 by absnj]


Aretha's original version had Duane playing lead and it was that song in which Red Dog first heard Duane's slide (as he tells it his book "Book of Tails" by the Legendary Red Dog which is about to be re-released BTW) from a barroom jukebox. He said he played it over and over again and was blown away when he first met Duane because of this very song.

Duane had red hair. Yes, he was skinny. They were all skinny. So were we, for the most part! LOL!!!

 

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