50 Greatest ROLLING STONE Albums Of All Time – No 45 Second LP By THE BAND

12 September 2020

Band: THE BAND
Album: THE BAND – second LP
Released: 22 September 1969

ROLLING STONE wrote: “The Band were four-fifths Canadian – drummer Levon Helm was from Arkansas – but their second album is all American. Guitarist Robbie Robertson’s songs vividly evoke the country’s pioneer age (“Across the Great Divide”) and the Civil War (“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”), while reflecting the fractured state of the nation in the 1960s. The Band’s long life on the road resonates in the brawn of Garth Hudson’s keyboards and Helm’s juke-joint attack. But Robertson’s stories truly live in Helm’s growl, Rick Danko’s high tenor and Richard Manuel’s spectral croon. “Somebody once said he had a tear in his voice,” Helm said
of Manuel: “Richard had one of the richest-textured voices I’d ever heard.”

“It’s easy to be a genius in your twenties. In your forties, it’s difficult.”Robbie Robertson

Two of the many highlights (live versions taken from their famous final The Last Waltz concert – with the original line-up – in 1976 in San Francisco filmed by top director Martin Scorsese)

– THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN –

– UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK –

Album – expanded version
(Original tracklist #1 – #12)

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Americana Classic – THE BAND Released Their Third Longplayer ‘STAGE FRIGHT’ 50 Years Ago Today

17 August 2020

Band: THE BAND (4 Canadians /1 American)
Beginning: From 1958 to 1963 as The Hawks
Members: Rick Danko (RIP), Richard Manuel (RIP),
Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm (RIP)
Active: 1968–1977, 1983–1999

Album: STAGE FRIGHT – third LP
Released: 17 August 1970 – 50 years ago today
Score: Peaked at #5 in the US

AllMusic wrote: “‘Stage Fright’, The Band’s third album, sounded on its surface like the group’s first two releases… Several of the album’s later songs seemed to be metaphors for trouble the group was encountering, with “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show” commenting on the falseness
of show business… ‘Stage Fright’ seemed to be the group’s alarmed response, which made it their most nakedly confessional. It was certainly different from their previous work, which had tended toward story-songs set in earlier times, but it was hardly less compelling for that.

Score: 4.5/5

“One of the things I feel very strong about is the achievement
of The Band really being a complete band”
Robbie Robertson

Top tracks: The Shape I’m In / Stage Fright / Time To Kill

– THE SHAPE I’M IN –

– STAGE FRIGHT –

– TIME TO KILL –

Full album…

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BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND – Americana Masterpiece ‘THE BASEMENT TAPES’ Came Out 45 Years Ago

25 June 2020

Artists: Bob Dylan and The Band
Album: The Basement Tapes  – a double longplayer
Released: 26 June 1975 – 45 years ago – Dylan’s 16th LP
Artwork: the cover picture was taken by Reid Miles
in the basement of a Los Angeles YMCA
Score: #7 in the USA AND #8 in the UK

Rolling Stone said at the time: “The songs are home music, barroom music played for pleasure and for the hell of it by and for musicians with a shared experience outsiders
may not fully understand… the music and lyrics snarled and spit out of the corners of one’s mouth… these were inspired times, and Dylan and the Band could as well have been singing and playing the telephone book.”
Full review here.

Key phrase: this is what happens when icon Bob Dylan and
his phenomenal backing band make Americana great again
Key tracks: too many to name

Full album…

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THE BAND Released Their Highly Praised Self-Titled Second Album 50 Years Ago Today…

22 September 2019

50 years ago today, on 22 September 1969, legendary Canadian-American roots rock
and country artists THE BAND released their self-titled second LP, also known as the
Brown Album‘. Although guitarist Robbie Roberston wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs
the grand final result was certainly a group achievement. Great musicians, several great singers, great composers performing great Americana songs about the past. The critics lauded the multifaceted longplayer and it peaked at #9 on the Billboard’s Pop Albums Chart.

ROLLING STONE wrote: “The Band were four-fifths Canadian – drummer Levon Helm was from Arkansas – but their second album is all American. Guitarist Robbie Robertson’s songs vividly evoke the country’s pioneer age (“Across the Great Divide”) and the Civil War (“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”), while reflecting the fractured state of the nation in the 1960s. The Band’s long life on the road resonates in the brawn of Garth Hudson’s keyboards and Helm’s juke-joint attack. But Robertson’s stories truly live in Helm’s growl, Rick Danko’s high tenor and Richard Manuel’s spectral croon. “Somebody once said he had a tear in his voice,” Helm said
of Manuel: “Richard had one of the richest-textured voices I’d ever heard.”

Here are two all time highlights (live versions taken from their famous final The Last Waltz concert – with the original line-up – in 1976 in San Francisco filmed by top director Martin Scorsese)

– THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN –

– UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK –

Album – expanded version – in full here…
(Original tracklist #1 – #12)

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FIVE INFLAMMABLE SUMMER BANGERS – Part 12…

Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go bananas to this summer

A new week! Here are five legendary singer/songwriters turning up the temperature…

1. ‘I Don’t Wanna To Grow Up’ by TOM WAITS
(Album: Bone Machine – 1992)

2. ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
(Album: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! – 2008)

3. ‘Downtown’ by NEIL YOUNG
(Album: Mirror Ball – 1995)

4. ‘Baby Let Me Follow You Down’ by BOB DYLAN and THE BAND
(Album: The Last Waltz – original soundtrack 1978)

5. ‘Seventeen’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN
(Album: Remind Me Tomorrow – 2019)

All 60 Summer Bangers so far
collected here on Spotify

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Three Oustanding Songs To Celebrate Living Legend BOB DYLAN’s 77 Birthday…

24 May 2018

Happy 77 to genial singer/songwriter/storyteller/poet/performer/painter and Nobel prize winner (middle finger to all who taught he didn’t deserve it) BOB DYLAN. He was born as Robert Allen Zimmerman on 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S. A genuine legend, one of my all time favorite artists. Three outstanding songs to celebrate the icon’s birthday…

* BABY LET ME FOLLOW YOU DOWN ( with The Band / ‘The Last Waltz’ concert 1976)

* SERIES OF DREAMS (On the “Bootleg Series, Vol 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991”)

A brilliant video clip, but I have still no idea what this song is about, but I’m hooked on it…

* NOT DARK YET

“I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from”
Goosebumps song about getting older, the Dylan way…

BOB DYLAN: Website – Facebook – All Albums 

Bob Dylan may you stay forever young shirt

(photo on top: Freewheelin’ LP)


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10 Memorable Albums Turning 50 in 2018!…

When I went back in time to find out which outstanding
longplayers still sound spectacular today after 50 years I
was really surprised that some of them actually turn fifty
as you hear their influences daily in 21st century music.
Here’s my selection. Ten classics! Ten stunning survivors!…


1/ ‘ASTRAL WEEKS’
by VAN MORRISON
Rolling Stone wrote: “Van Morrison never sounded more warm and ecstatic,
more sensual and vulnerable, than on his enigmatically beautiful solo debut”

Released:  29 November 1968
Listen: here

2/ ‘BEGGARS BANQUET’ by THE ROLLING STONES
Time Magazine: “England’s most subversive
roisterers since Fagin’s gang in Oliver Twist

Released: 6 December 1968
Listen: here

3/ ‘THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY’ by THE KINKS
Rolling Stone: “Each new hearing is a combined joy of renewal and discovery”
Released: 22 November 1968
Listen: here

4/ ‘WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND
All Music wrote: “It’s easily the least accessible of VU’s studio albums, but anyone
wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it.”

Released: 30 January 1968
Listen: here

5/ ‘GRIS-GRIS’ by DR.JOHN
Rolling Stone:A swamp-funk classic. ‘Gris-Gris’ blends
New Orleans R&B, voodoo chants and chemical inspiration.”

Released: 22 January 1968
Listen: here

6/ ‘THE BEATLES / THE WHITE ALBUM’ by THE BEATLES
All Music wrote: “None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together,
but somehow The Beatles create its own style and sound through its mess.”

Released: 22 November 1968
Listen: here

7/ ‘OGDENS’ NUT GONE FLAKE’ by THE SMALL FACES
All Music wrote: “The ballsiest-sounding piece of
full-length psychedelia to come out of England in 1968”

Released: 24 May 1968
Listen: here

8/ ‘DANCE TO THE MUSIC’ by SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
Rolling Stone: “Overall the album is uneven, but its highs are intense,
prolonged and ecstatic. Seductive melodies and horn lines tickle your mind.”

Released: 27 April 1968
Listen: here

9/ ‘ELECTRIC LADYLAND’ by JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
All Music: “Jimi Hendrix takes his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit.”
Released: 16 October 1968
Listen: here

10/ ‘MUSIC FROM BIG PINK’ by THE BAND
Rolling Stone: “The rustic beauty of The Band’s music and the drama of their own
reflections on family and obligations made ‘Big Pink’ an instant homespun classic.”

Released: 1 July 1968
Listen: here

THE BAND Dancing Their Last Waltz 40 Years Ago…

Looking and listening back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!

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‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ by THE BAND

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On Thanksgiving Day – 40 years ago – 25 November 1976, legendary group THE BAND played an equally legendary farewell concert at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco
filmed by Martin Scorsese. There were so many famous guests and so many memorable performances that I sometimes forgot – watching the show on video (later on dvd) over and over or listening to the triple LP for the umpteenth time – what this magnificent event was actually all about. Yes, it was about the end (in its original and magical line-up) of an exceptional Americana collective of outstanding musicians. They called it a celebration. It definitely was. Hurry (so I can watch the dvd again), let’s celebrate the fortieth birthday of this historical music happening with one of my favorite moments…

‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ was on their eponymous second studio album, released in 1969…

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