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  posted on 12/9/2011 at 11:04 PM
I just finished reading Across the Great Divide and, I'll admit, it made me reevaluate their career.

Before, I thought they were a really really good band with some excellent songs and beards. I didn't listen to much beyond the "known" tunes and just sore of silently admired them.

The book, though, speaks of the Band as the greatest that American rock has to offer... so I decided to re-listen. Well, wouldn't you know it - the book was pretty damned close!

The first two albums are unreal, Stage Fright is pretty amazing, Northern Lights, Souther Cross is excellent, and the live album is tremendous.

Any other Band fans here?

 

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  posted on 12/9/2011 at 11:13 PM
Big Fan, love the first two albums and enjoy most that followed. Just recently picked up Levon Helm's Rample at the Ryman and it kicks ass.

Great disc!!!

 

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  posted on 12/9/2011 at 11:37 PM
They were incredible. I think Northern Lights - Southern Cross is my favorite, but The Band and Stage Fright are just about as good, and Rock of Ages is a fantastic live album. Big Pink is a little uneven compared to the later stuff, but it still has The Weight and This Wheel's On Fire. The Last Waltz isn't as good as Rock of Ages in terms of performances, but there's still a lot of great stuff there. There is even good stuff to be found in their post-Robertson period: the covers of Blind Willie McTell and Atlantic City, Caves of Jericho.

One of the things that strikes me about The Band's playing is that it's very tight but just loose enough that it has this very honest, ramshackle quality. They were also a versatile bunch of instrumentalists who didn't do flashy things and just got very hot as a group. Their songwriting was unbelievable and the playing actually did it justice. Not a lot of bands can compete with that.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
Yes love the Band. I wrote a while back, that to my ears, in their prime, they resembled the ABB --not in style -- but in the fact that each member of the group was integral to their sound.
And that sound was unique.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 12:05 AM
Big fan of the Band. There's much more to them than the songs you hear on the radio, so many great songs. Love the Northern Lights/Southern Cross album as well. I also started buying the Rick Danko live CD's, there pretty good too.

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 01:58 AM
yes i like them a lot
 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 02:33 AM
Great band Great book

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 05:52 AM
I think Rolling Stone said it best: They made music that was earthy and mystical,
and to this day, "still unsurpassed in its depth and originality." To me, the
three voices of Helm, Danko and Manuel made up perhaps the greatest
vocal combination ever.

I got into The Band through Bob Dylan. After hearing the albums where Bob
was backed by The Band (Before the Flood, Planet Waves, Basement Tapes, etc),
I got curious to hear The Band's own albums. I had only heard a few of
their songs on the radio. Well, it soon became a longtime obsession where
I wanted to buy every CD, solo project, bootleg and video I could get my
hands on. Hell, I even bought the Rhino release "The Best of Ronnie Hawkins
and the Hawks." Especially thrilling was the fact that my parents, who lived
in Canada in the early 60's, saw Ronnie Hawkins in 1963 (and Helm, Danko,
Hudson, Robertson and Manuel were backing him up at the show my parents
saw).

In 2000, when Capitol Records began a massive Band re-issue campaign
that began with the official albums loaded with bonus tracks (Rock of
Ages in particular came with a second CD that included a set with
Bob Dylan) and culminated in 2005 with the superb 5-CD/1-DVD set
"A Musical History" (loaded with rare tracks), I was in hog heaven with
those releases.

I was too young to see the original line-up, but was lucky to see the
post-Robertson line-ups several times (including the short-lived line-up
with Billy Preston).

Barney Hoskyn's book is real good, but Levon Helm's autobiography,
"This Wheel's On Fire," is even better.

Levon's comeback after throat cancer with the Grammy-Winning Dirt
Farmer and Electric Dirt was fantastic. He alone is carrying on the
legacy of The Band. Robbie's solo CD's don't really carry on that spirit
as well as Helm's do. My favorite Robbie CD was his debut back in
1987. That's a great one.

I like Rock of Ages and (the heavily overdubbed) The Last Waltz as
live documents, but my favorite is a radio broadcast of The Band
at the Palladium in NYC on Sept. 18, 1976. Pure magic.

Other faves include the 2 Danko/Fjeld/Andersen CDs, Garth's "The Sea
to the North," Rick's "Times Like These," etc. Heck, I was up in Boston
a month ago and was in Newbury Comics and saw THREE Danko CD's
I don't have. I'll never have it all.

Love those guys. Another group like them is not
even a slight possibility.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 06:07 AM
Like them very much. On Robbie Robertson's biography DVD, Going Home, Eric Clapton said he would have quit Cream if he could have played with them. Thry were what a band is supposed to be about, everybody contributes.
 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 07:57 AM
One of the Greatest ! If you're interested in more reading ,check out ,This wheels on fire .
 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 09:45 AM
The whole was greater than the parts; and the parts were all great. Agree with whomever said their vocal harmonies were the best ever. And, unlike say the Beatles and CSN (no Y - Neil harmonizes only with some higher cosmic order) known for their harmonies I can't think of three more disparite sounds than Levon, Richard and Rick.
 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 10:53 AM
Concur all around -- perfect word Marley w/that "ramshackle" quality they had, that set them apart
if it was their 1st 2, Rock of Ages & little/nothing else while stranded on the proverbial island, I'd be good -- love the Band, will have to get that book

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 11:32 AM
those that know the path of The Band have found enlightenment

They are pricelss. Big Pink is the masterpiece of it all (for me). Their first two albums always have and always will have a timeless quality, even when they were new. They almost could be from the early 1900's or the 1800's. Except for that Fender. None of them showboated, it was all about the ensemble and the song. And their harmonizing is of The Gods. The Weight says it all, that song is sooooo good.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 12:14 PM
yea i think they were great. I love the "The Last Waltz" dvd. Really enjoyable.

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 12:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF32IZggmBg&feature=related

nuff said

(love The Band)

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 04:11 PM
Their influence has really grown in the past few years IMHO - in Brooklyn, I see the artists and hipsters playing/looking like them all the time (although I wonder if they even realize it). There was a Rolling Stone cover with the Kings of Leon on it, and I thought they were dressed like they're from Woodstock to a tee.

"The Weight" from 3/9/09 at the Beacon was really MOVING to me. Levon's voice - ravaged from age, cancer, and the loss of good friends - came out swingin'.

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 04:41 PM
To me the Band is in the top 5 groups of that era

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 05:26 PM
Saw Levon at the Beacon last year---one of the best shows I have ever seen
 
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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 06:23 PM
RIP to my dear,sweet neighbor and friend,Rick Danko who died this date in 1999.

The Band is part of my blood,my younger years,the way I dress,wear my beard,play bass(try),hear drums,layered voices,harmonies,textures,family,musical diversity,"bad" albums that are classic(i.e Cahoots,Moondog Matinee),the rhythm and movements of the town they live(d) in-Woodstock,and the unusual attitude in their times.An eternal artistic influence that are unique in any time.

The quintessential The Band collection,done in chronological order is The Band:A Musical History(5 cd's & 1 DVD).

The collection covers rare and alternate cuts in addition to the more popular numbers and just about everything they've done.It all comes in a great book that tells the musical story of their work,including how the horns,many Jazz musicians,had to be convinced by Alan Toussaint to play with a "rock" band.One rehearsal and they were convinced these guys were no mere rock band!

I was lucky enough to attend the 12/18/76 show that Woodsdweller mentioned...a perfect performance....

Getting to know Rick,Levon,and briefly Richard over the years is an honor and all luck due to location.We'd see these guys,and Garth over the years when they were forgotten,when Levon was playing tiny local clubs,like The Flamingo on a cold,rainy night in Saugerties.Or,when we sang along with Rick...all 10 of us in The Lake...or 15 people watching Levon,pre rambles,post cancer,drumming with The Barnburners while Amy was learning to sing lead,and now the beauty and dignity given the diverse music at the rambles...I'm about to attend soon,my fifth in the last year...I've passed the love of this music to my younger boy...we play it together....poorly but with good intent....these guys created holy music....

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 06:59 PM
Great Post Dadof2

 

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  posted on 12/10/2011 at 11:35 PM
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RIP to my dear,sweet neighbor and friend,Rick Danko who died this date in 1999.

The Band is part of my blood,my younger years,the way I dress,wear my beard,play bass(try),hear drums,layered voices,harmonies,textures,family,musical diversity,"bad" albums that are classic(i.e Cahoots,Moondog Matinee),the rhythm and movements of the town they live(d) in-Woodstock,and the unusual attitude in their times.An eternal artistic influence that are unique in any time.

The quintessential The Band collection,done in chronological order is The Band:A Musical History(5 cd's & 1 DVD).

The collection covers rare and alternate cuts in addition to the more popular numbers and just about everything they've done.It all comes in a great book that tells the musical story of their work,including how the horns,many Jazz musicians,had to be convinced by Alan Toussaint to play with a "rock" band.One rehearsal and they were convinced these guys were no mere rock band!

I was lucky enough to attend the 12/18/76 show that Woodsdweller mentioned...a perfect performance....

Getting to know Rick,Levon,and briefly Richard over the years is an honor and all luck due to location.We'd see these guys,and Garth over the years when they were forgotten,when Levon was playing tiny local clubs,like The Flamingo on a cold,rainy night in Saugerties.Or,when we sang along with Rick...all 10 of us in The Lake...or 15 people watching Levon,pre rambles,post cancer,drumming with The Barnburners while Amy was learning to sing lead,and now the beauty and dignity given the diverse music at the rambles...I'm about to attend soon,my fifth in the last year...I've passed the love of this music to my younger boy...we play it together....poorly but with good intent....these guys created holy music....


maybe i'll get that boxset one day when the price drops. its so overpriced right now

 

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  posted on 12/11/2011 at 02:12 AM
I just downloaded Robertson's new album. I've never really tried his solo work, mostly because on the few songs he did sing with The Band, I just couldn't take his voice. He sounds a little better here, but that only puts him near the Mark Knopfler level. Anyway I will give this some time and see how I like it. Levon's Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt are both outstanding. There't little new songwriting there, but there are a bunch of great arrangements and performances - False Hearted Lover, The Mountain, A Train Robbery, Tennessee Jed, Golden Bird, Kingfish, and I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free. Levon has one of those voices that has that Johnny Cash quality, to me. Whatever he's singing, you believe he means it.

The list of the most-played Band songs on my iTunes looks like this, including the three songs I've listened to the most overall.

Blind Willie McTell (Jericho)
Rags & Bones (Northern Lights - Southern Cross)
Ophelia (Northern Lights - Southern Cross)
This Wheel's On Fire (Last Waltz)
Life Is a Carnival (Cahoots)
The Weight (Music from Big Pink)
Hobo Jungle (Northern Lights - Southern Cross)
Acadian Driftwood (Northern Lights - Southern Cross)
The Weight (Last Waltz - Staples Singers version)
Up on Cripple Creek (The Band)
Stage Fright (Stage Fright)
Such a Night (Last Waltz)
Chest Fever (Music from Big Pink)
The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show (Stage Fright)
Rag Mama Rag (The Band)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)
King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (The Band)
Strawberry Wine (Stage Fright)
The Unfaithful Servant (The Band)
Volcano (Cahoots)

 

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  posted on 12/11/2011 at 02:15 PM
Richard Manuel could break your heart with a song (ohhh Georgia by him, wow) Rick Danko made me want to load my pistol, get on my horse and look for adventure in the next town, his songs were beyond real, and Levon could make want to find some moonshine and find God and a "Big Mama".

 

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  posted on 12/11/2011 at 02:44 PM
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  posted on 12/11/2011 at 02:56 PM
Love the Band, and never understood why Robbie Robertson wanted to break the band up. Btw, the band did reform later on in 1983 without Robbie, and recorded several good albums and toured although they never got the aclaim the orginal band got.
 
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