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Old 09-26-2011, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Not really sure where this thread belongs, considering the wide variety of music The Band has made. In my opinion, one of the greatest bands of all time. And as famous as they are, I still think they are underrated. I cant think of many bands, if any, that consisted of members who were so capable of playing such a multitude of instruments. I think Robbie Roberts is an underrated guitarist and even more underrated as a lyricist. The last waltz is one of the greatest concerts of all time. The Band has influenced numerous bands, songwriters, and performers, from the Grateful Dead and The Beatles to Eric Clapton, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Led Zeppelin, and Elvis Costello. The album Music from Big Pink, in particular, is credited with contributing to Clapton's decision to leave the super group Cream. In his introduction of The Band during the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert, Clapton announced that in 1968 he'd heard the album, "and it changed my life". The Band's debut also influenced the spirit of The Beatles' back-to-basics album Let It Be as well as The Rolling Stones' string of roots-infused albums that began with Beggars Banquet. They have been covered by artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Black Crowes and Widespread Panic and many more.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not really sure where this thread belongs, considering the wide variety of music The Band has made. In my opinion, one of the greatest bands of all time. And as famous as they are, I still think they are underrated. I cant think of many bands, if any, that consisted of members who were so capable of playing such a multitude of instruments. I think Robbie Roberts is an underrated guitarist and even more underrated as a lyricist. The last waltz is one of the greatest concerts of all time. The Band has influenced numerous bands, songwriters, and performers, from the Grateful Dead and The Beatles to Eric Clapton, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Led Zeppelin, and Elvis Costello. The album Music from Big Pink, in particular, is credited with contributing to Clapton's decision to leave the super group Cream. In his introduction of The Band during the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert, Clapton announced that in 1968 he'd heard the album, "and it changed my life". The Band's debut also influenced the spirit of The Beatles' back-to-basics album Let It Be as well as The Rolling Stones' string of roots-infused albums that began with Beggars Banquet. They have been covered by artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Black Crowes and Widespread Panic and many more.
Unlike grunge you really seem to know The Band very well. Definitely one of the most influential bands of their era who are underrated in that they hardly ever get mentioned these days. I`ve mentioned them a couple of times on here but its usually fallen on deaf ears. The albums Music From Big Pink and The Band are their two seminal releases and Robbie Robertson held it altogether. The rest of the band were top notch musicians as well and the Band in hindsight are without doubt one of the best bands to have ever come out of the late 60s.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Unlike grunge you really seem to know The Band very well. Definitely one of the most influential bands of their era who are underrated in that they hardly ever get mentioned these days. I`ve mentioned them a couple of times on here but its usually fallen on deaf ears. The albums Music From Big Pink and The Band are their two seminal releases and Robbie Robertson held it altogether. The rest of the band were top notch musicians as well and the Band in hindsight are without doubt one of the best bands to have ever come out of the late 60s.
haha Why do you say that? Grunge is great. Alice in chains was my favorite band ever for a long time, Still are one of my favorites. The Band is one of my favorite bands. I think they are one of the greatest bands ever, definitely one of the greatest of the 60s. It doesnt look like they are very popular around here. Being one of the few young people who like them, I think the youth doesnt like them very much because their music isnt loud enough or flashy enough for them.

Every member was such a talented musician. I dont think any band consists of such talented multi-instrumentalists.

Rick Danko could sing, play bass, double bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, accordion, trombone, piano, banjo, and cello.

Levon helm had a great voice. Hes one of my favorite singers. He could also play drums, mandolin, guitar, bass, harmonica and banjo.

Garth Hudson was probably the most talented member. He joined the band on one condition, only if they called him their music teacher because his parents would be upset that all his years of music education were being wasted in a rock band. In 1970, Time magazine named him the most brilliant organist in the music world. Elton John even cited him as an influence. He played Organ, piano, keyboards, accordion, synthesizers, saxophone, flute, mellotron, harmonium, pedalboard, slide trumpet, piccolo, bass, drums, cello and violin. What a talent he was!

Richard manuel was a singer and he was very good at the piano. He also played drums, keyboard, lap slide guitar, harmonica, clavinet, marimba and conga.

And of course Robbie Robertson. He was a great guitarist, his style on the electric guitar was so unique. He was a good classical guitarists as well and a great songwriter. He was The Bands primary songwriter.
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Unlike grunge you really seem to know The Band very well. Definitely one of the most influential bands of their era who are underrated in that they hardly ever get mentioned these days. I`ve mentioned them a couple of times on here but its usually fallen on deaf ears. The albums Music From Big Pink and The Band are their two seminal releases and Robbie Robertson held it altogether. The rest of the band were top notch musicians as well and the Band in hindsight are without doubt one of the best bands to have ever come out of the late 60s.
I agree ^ with Soldier. Concerning The Band.

With Levon Helm on (drums, mandolin, guitar, & vocals).

He is also a fairly good actor and played in a number of movies.

My favorite movie that he played a part in was, Coal Miners Daughter. (Helm) portrayed Loretta Lynn's Father in the move. Along with (Sissy Spacek) as Loretta Lynn. Coal Miners Daughter is a (biography) movie classic in my opinion.
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I agree ^ with Soldier. Concerning The Band.

With Levon Helm on (drums, mandolin, guitar, & vocals).

He is also a fairly good actor and played in a number of movies.

My favorite movie that he played a part in was, Coal Miners Daughter. (Helm) portrayed Loretta Lynn's Father in the move. Along with (Sissy Spacek) as Loretta Lynn. Coal Miners Daughter is a (biography) movie classic in my opinion.
I didnt know he was in any movies, thats awesome. Ive heard of the movie.
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i just got Music from Big Pink and i love it
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What are your favorite The Band songs? Its tough. Ill start with the most obvious, The weight and Cripple Creek. And Rag mama rag, Acadian Driftwood, I shall be released, Atlantic city and their cover of the Bob Dylan song When I paint my masterpiece.
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In memory of Rick Danko!



December 29, 1943 – December 10, 1999

The Band / Rick Danko

December 29, 1943 – December 10, 1999

Rick was a singer and Bass player for The Band!

On December 10, 1999, Rick Danko died as he had lived...simply, without fanfare, pomp or pretense. If the tears, prayers and tributes that followed are any indication, this country boy whose goal was to "help the neighborhood" certainly succeeded. The world is a much better place because of Rick Danko, and a much sadder one without him.

~Carol Caffin~

"I think Rick was one of the greatest and most soulful singers I've ever heard. Definitely, the most original bass player I've ever heard, and one of the kindest hearts to have ever graced this planet."

~Robbie Robertson~

"To brighten the future we must illuminate the past."

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Amen, brother. God bless Rick danko and may he rest in peace. What an unbelievable talent he was. He could play so many instruments. Fiddle, bass, guitar and accordion just to name a few. A great singer too.
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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What are your favorite The Band songs? Its tough. Ill start with the most obvious, The weight and Cripple Creek. And Rag mama rag, Acadian Driftwood, I shall be released, Atlantic city and their cover of the Bob Dylan song When I paint my masterpiece.
The Weight (of course) and the history inspired Acadian Driftwood are both great songs, but nothing they did can compare with the below, one of the most soothingly beautiful songs of the rock era.


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