The Band (album) by The Band
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|1.||Across The Great Divide||82/100 (45 votes)|
|2.||Rag Mama Rag||81/100 (45 votes)|
|3.||The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down||85/100 (66 votes)|
|4.||When You Awake||82/100 (34 votes)|
|5.||Up On Cripple Creek||83/100 (51 votes)|
|6.||Whispering Pines||82/100 (40 votes)|
|7.||Jemima Surrender||81/100 (36 votes)|
|8.||Rockin' Chair||81/100 (36 votes)|
|9.||Look Out Cleveland||80/100 (36 votes)|
|10.||Jawbone||80/100 (33 votes)|
|11.||The Unfaithful Servant||80/100 (37 votes)|
|12.||King Harvest (Has Surely Come)||81/100 (36 votes)|
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It's probably due for a re-listen. Pretty good, if I recall, but nothing that really stood out for me.
My favorite album of all time. Incredibly played and beautifully sung. This (along with Neil, Creedence) got me into countless other bands that incorporated country into their music. The fact that these guys played together on the road for ten years shines through each song on this album. And personally I think Rick Danko is among the most under recognized singers of this or any style of music.
Highlights: The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down, Unfaithful Servant, Rag Mama Rag, Whispering Pines
This album certainly has a "feel" to it. It sounds wooden, organic. It's like the room they recorded it in is an integral instrument. The music and overall sound of the album reflects the lyrical content- Robbie Robertson's depictions of America, particularly the American South. It has this homespun charm and at times, feels like you're the room with them.
Juhik, Indeed, it has all the majestic and understated refinement of a fine wine that improves with age.
This is an incredibly timeless and beautiful record.
You could argue that this is classic rock at its most classic.
"The Band" was the Band's second album, and probably their most consistent and influential. At the time of its release in 1969 nothing quite like it was heard before; apart from, of course, their first album "Music From Big Pink", which is as close as it gets to being an equally strong release.
What makes the Band's early album so great is the simple fact that they have it all. Great songs, concerned lyrics, 3 outstanding lead-singers, brilliant musicians, inventive arrangements and tight playing.
All songs on this album are very memorable, many of them classics like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Across the Great Divide" and "Up On Cripple Creek".
Some of the quieter song that may not hit you the first times you listen to them, may grow to be favourites like they did for me. "When You Awake" and "Rockin' Chair" belong to that category. A shame the Richard Manuel eventually lost faith in himself as a songwriter, but on this album he still contributes to the song-writing on songs like "Whispering Pines", "Jawbone" and "When You Awake".
He may have felt it too burdening to live up to Robertson's prolific songwriting.
The bonus track features the great outtake "Get Up Jake", known from the "Rock of Ages" live album.
The other bonus songs are alternate versions of songs on the original; all interesting and most of them almost as good as the originally released versions.
A highly recommended album!
Totally awesome. record, man
More consistent than "Big Pink", but the standout tracks don't quite reach the heights of "The Weight". Still - a pure folk-rock gem.
THE BROWN ALBUM IS CLASSIC FOLK AMERICANA REVISITED...GREAT STORIES...FAVS ARE "CRIPPLE CREEK" AND "DIXIE"
The Band were one of the most creative and influential acts of roots-rock. The group reinstated self respect, dignity and humility within a revisited fusion of gospel, blues and country music. It was an ethical approach that was to be adopted by their generation and subsequent generations.
Their albums were instrumental in bringing about the age of 're-alignment' after the excesses of the hippie era. But their 're- alignment' was not merely a shameless nostagia trip or surrender to the old, but a balance of old and new. The group self-consciously adopted an 'anti-star' and 'anti-hero worship' attitude which was a welcome relief from the commercial exploitation of rock music.
'The Band' is the groups masterpiece. It is a superbly arranged and exquisitely played piece of music - a mature and beautifully varied, dense and understated work that nonchanantly chugs to a syncopated rhythm. The centrpiece of the album is the sublimely beautiful 'Whispering Pines'.
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