Dec 26, 2007

The Band



I have always been an admirer of The Band.Their classic blend of country, blues and folk was a high point in modern musical history. There is no doubt that "Music From Big Pink" and "The Band" are two of the finest albums ever released. Recently I re watched "The Great Waltz", which was a sound reminder of their great sound. So I was really delighted to receive on Christmas Day a wonderful present, "The Band, A Musical History". It is a gorgeous photo book, with the story of The Band, accompanied by many classic photos. Also included are 5 CDs, which chronicle their musical history. It not only includes many unreleased songs, but also older tracks recorded when they were known as The Hawks and were backing Ronnie Hawkins. Also included is a DVD with exclusive live performances. The above video is from the DVD. First up is "King Harvest", recorded in Woodstock, New York in 1970, followed by "Long Black Veil", recorded in Calgary, Canada, also in 1970. As much fun as it is to appreciate today's music, I think it is just as important to explore our musical heritage.

1 Comments:

  • At December 28, 2007 , Anonymous dave said...

    "The Last Waltz", I assume you mean. Such a great movie. The performances are (known to be) great but I also love the interviews. A glimpse into a time before MTV & The Wiggles.

     

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