The Band, Music From Big Pink (1968)
I love The Band. One of the best names for a band actually. When I first heard it and heard their music I thought it was a rather stupid name – but it’s spot on. When you hear this band really nailing it they are The Band; nothing else – no other band – really matters. Now I’m far more of a fan of their self-titled sophomore album than I am Music From Big Pink. But Big Pink was my introduction. I first heard it because I was (and am) a Bob Dylan fan – so I was listening to it for the Dylan songs and because I knew he’d painted the album’s cover. It might be played-out to many but I still love The Weight – and that comes from someone who has played a part in mangling it via various Irish-band cover attempts. Great song. Great playing. Levon Helm’s groove is just it. Always. And the high, lonesome Dylan stuff is great too (thanks Rick Danko). There’s absolutely a lot to love here but I just think they got better after Big Pink. That said Big Pink feels right on vinyl – far more so than it ever felt on CD. And yet The Band (the album) and anything else they did – from Stage Fright on – always sounded fine on CD too. But Big Pink feels like a big ole album, a record. An LP. I don’t even want to try and elaborate. And I don’t need to. It just does.
Sample Track: Chest Fever
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