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The Band

The Band

1969

The Band

Album Summary

The Band is the second studio album by the Band, released on September 22, 1969. It is also known as The Brown Album. According to Rob Bowman's liner notes for the 2000 reissue, The Band has been viewed as a concept album, with the songs focusing on people, places and traditions associated with an older version of Americana. Thus, the songs on this album draw on historic themes for "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and "Jawbone" (which was composed in the unusual 6/4 time signature).

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Rating

3.37

Votes

4771

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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5

I wasn’t expecting much when I saw I had an album made in 1969. What a fool I was. I was hooked from the opening to the closing track. Each song had a unique sound to it while still being one piece of the complete puzzle. Up on Cripple Creek was extremely catchy while King Harvest was my favorite. I knew after my fourth listen of the day that this was a resounding five stars. I can’t think of a single flaw to say.

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5

A folk rock masterpiece. Every song has just the right amount of twang and dirt without it turning into outright country. The Band really gets rolling and there’s not a bad track on the album.

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Meh, good to listen to while drinking beer in the sun. Dad probably likes this album

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5

Fuckin sick as hell

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5

absolutely cozy and lived-in well-deserved classic. plays like your favorite pair of jeans. fav track: the unfaithful servant

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5

The Band's first album, Music from Big Pink, seemed to come out of nowhere, with its ramshackle musical blend and songs of rural tragedy. The Band, the group's second album, was a more deliberate and even more accomplished effort, partially because the players had become a more cohesive unit, and partially because guitarist Robbie Robertson had taken over the songwriting, writing or co-writing all 12 songs. Though a Canadian, Robertson focused on a series of American archetypes from the union worker in "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and the retired sailor in "Rockin' Chair" to, most famously, the Confederate Civil War observer Virgil Cane in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The album effectively mixed the kind of mournful songs that had dominated Music from Big Pink, here including "Whispering Pines" and "When You Awake" (both co-written by Richard Manuel), with rollicking up-tempo numbers like "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up on Cripple Creek" (both sung by Levon Helm and released as singles, with "Up on Cripple Creek" making the Top 40). As had been true of the first album, it was The Band's sound that stood out the most, from Helm's (and occasionally Manuel's) propulsive drumming to Robertson's distinctive guitar fills and the endlessly inventive keyboard textures of Garth Hudson, all topped by the rough, expressive singing of Manuel, Helm, and Rick Danko that mixed leads with harmonies. The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal, while the lyrics continued to paint portraits of 19th century rural life (especially Southern life, as references to Tennessee and Virginia made clear), its sometimes less savory aspects treated with warmth and humor. [Source: https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-band-mw0000192897]

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5

Robbie Robertson found a way to position himself as the leader of The Band. The front man if you will. The alpha of the group, despite the fact that he NEVER SANG LEAD on any of their songs. And we're talking about a band - THE Band - that had three great lead singers. In fact, legend has it they even had to mute Robbie's mic during The Last Waltz because he just couldn't harmonize with Levon and the boys. Apparently Robbie's plan was to make sure the other 4 members of The Band soaked themselves in booze and drugs while he remained sober and took all of the songwriting royalties he could. But just look at that photo of The Band on this album's cover. Who do you think is the leader of this motley group? Certainly not the dude on the far right who looks like a cross between a substitute high school teacher and a failed character actor. No way. It's the gruff lookin' fella out front on the left. The singing drummer, who would also take turns on the mandolin and guitar. The one who would play Loretta Lynn's father in Coal Miner's Daughter and Jack Ridley in The Right Stuff. He's also the one who sings lead on The Band's best songs. Levon Helm deserved better, or at the very least some of the spotlight Robbie Robertson refused to give anyone but himself. Tune in for next time when I talk about why The Last Waltz soundtrack should be on this list, perhaps in place of Music From The Big Pink. But make no mistake: This is the country rock you're looking for. Better than anything by The Byrds or The Flying Burrito Brothers. It's as close to a perfect album as any on this list. I listened to the Deluxe Edition on Spotify because that's just who I am. I'm a completist. Maybe that's why all my friends call me Whiskers.

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Critics may refer to the band as being contemporaries of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc. but I think that’s a bid generous. This is good for what it is - early American / southern rock. I’m sure they are fun to watch jam but this didn’t really do it for me

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The longer I listen to albums on this list, the more I'm starting to doubt my own ability to recognize good songs. I keep getting albums like this where the only songs I really like are the ones I've already heard. Feels like I'm good at recognizing music but not critiquing it. "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" are 5+ stars but everything else is a 3. 3.5 stars overall.

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It's acceptable rock music with Western influences, but it's not particularly exciting and doesn't have anything catchy enough to make me want to give it a second listen.

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Just really not my cup of tea, hope they sort the harvest out.

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The Band played at my 14th birthday party. They were all stoned and one of them threw up all over my new yellow pullover that my nan had knitted. I can't thank them enough. It was hideous. She was so shit at knitting. A pathetic laughing stock in the needle world. Grandad later divorced her because of her knitting. Honestly, it was so bad. Fantastic at sewing though.

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5

Dylan established the style of songs described by Greil Marcus as 'weird old america' on his John Wesley Harding album and Basement Tapes, but The Band pushed it to a whole new level with their first few albums. I find it staggering that this album exists, its magic.

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Basically fine, but not very interesting. Is it honky tonk? It sounds honky tonk. What is honky tonk? Not massively keen. Terrible band name.

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Bit dull. Also a dreadful name for a group.

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A little too old people day drinking in the park for me. Also full of super casual misogyny.

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halfway through, dont like this at all so far. okay surprisingly the last 3 tracks were okay. enough to bump it up to a 2.

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Sort of boring

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5

Can't go wrong with THE BAND!

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5

Didn't listen, but have listened.

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5

Epic

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5

Still sound great

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5

Some of these songs suffer for having superior performances on the Last Waltz, but the album is superlative all the same.

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5

A yearning for Americana of old. This is the second of two showcases for why The Band are in high contention for being the best band of the 60's

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5

Always a consistent point of view, but never felt one note or stuck in a box. A lot of songs we like sound like this- you can really hear how massively influential The Band is.

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5

Excelent album! Added to the favourites. Accross the great divide and whispering pines are my highlights

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5

An awesome album. Lots of songs I knew but didn’t realize were on this album. Will listen to most of this album again soon

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5

It's a classic.

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5

Top quality all the way through. Not a well song on the album and some absolute classics.

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Brilliant album, so much variety often in the same track.

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5

10th September 2021 Supposed to listen to this on Friday but ended up listening on Monday morning when back at home to work for the week. Has an immediate place and sound, so easy and fluid but grooves when it needs to. Love it.

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5

Masterpiece.

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5

I liked this one, as I anticipated I might. It was nice background music for what I was doing around the house, and it was a genre that I enjoy.

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Mumford & Sons should sue

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Love it

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5

This is amazing. I know this is one of those albums that just gets better the more familliar you get with it. I am considering just giving it a 5 because I know I'll regret if I don't have it as one of the greats. I love the cover too :)

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Could only be improved if it was called the album.

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I have listened to many of these songs before but a new song from this album is 'whispering pines'. The album is good for this time of year and just overall amazing.

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5

Great. Folky, harmony. Maybe a favorite

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I first bought this when I was 19 or 20 off the back of Colin Larkin's 1000 best albums by and hated it. Found it really slow and boring. Unsurprisingly given I was into sixties psych, garage and pop at the time. It's fair to say my taste has evolved since as a few listens over time has shown this to be a corker of an album that brims with warmth and mighty fine musicianship. Best tracks are 'Across the Great Divide', 'Rag Mamma Rag' and 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' (the opening 3 numbers). All in all, superb Americana.

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5

I was skeptical about it (the name is too postmodern for the music The Band plays) but there are some gems. Up on Cripple Creek is my fav.

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5

One of the best

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5

I love love love The Band. This album is an all-time classic. I still probably like their first album (Music from Big Pink) better, but I'm definitely in the minority with that opinion. They're both classics. While Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down are the most well known songs on this album (deservedly so) my favorites are When You Awake and Rockin' Chair. So great. 5 stars.

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5

Not for me, this type of rock just goes right over my head.

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5

Feel good tunes my parents used to play when i was young.... nice!

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5

Standin by your window in pain Pistol in your hand

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5

Come on, it's THE band.

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5

I’ve been here before but somehow missed the haunting beauty of Whispering Pines.

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5

This album is an all-time forever favourite of mine. It gives you everything in perfect measure. It's emotional yet ebullient, earnest yet flip, folksy yet full of soul; it's a masterclass in storytelling and songwriting. It takes the listener on an incredible journey of good ole' times with quirky characters through wholly visceral places. It's amazing how pleasantly relatable and fun it can be one moment and how swiftly it turns deep and contemplative. Helm's vocals have always been the standout for me, he has a way of evoking deep emotion so easily while maintaining this unique twangy cool. Every note drips authenticity. He's so convicted about everything he says; I believe him and I feel like I know him intimately too. It's remarkable the way he can open up and draw you in to his world in the same breath. I just love this album so fucking much "... and I dig it!"

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5

Never trust a man that doesn’t think this album deserves five stars

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5

Up on cripple creek alone is worth 5 stars

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5

The gold standard for roots rock/Americana. Just impeccable songwriting and musicianship.

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5

It's the band! 5 stars for Levon Helms voice alone. Great album, though a little uneven. Music from the big pink is still there best.

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5

Great album by a great band. If I’m being honest I’d give this a 4.5 because it does drag a bit at times but the highs are too high to give this a 4. Up on Cripple Creek is one of my faves by them with a fantastic groove. Look out Cleveland, the night they drove old Dixie down and King harvest are also highlights. What an excellent group of musicians.

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5

A great album start to finish. Finally a true 5 for me.

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5

10/10, I think I like this one even more than Big Pink, I mean, it’s hard to beat Tears of Rage but the Deluxe Edition of this has a really fun live version so either way it’s a dub this album kinda feels like a guilty pleasure since I wouldn’t call myself a country fan but Bob Dylan and The Band just hit different, ya know?

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5

This was always on rotation at our house growing up. My dad and I share this band together as a favorite. Always makes me think of him.

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5

Beautiful, already loved it and great tobget it on a friday morning. A stomp trlhrough the pines.

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5

A great folk rock record from a talented band, this has you foot stamping and toe tapping right from the off. Brilliantly crafted, no foot placed wrong, joyful.

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5

Folk, rock, 1969. Essential record for all the rock n' roll lovers and one of the most influential albums in the history of music. This is a true masterpiece full of great and memorable songs both lyrically, vocally and instrumentaly (eg. Whispering Pines, Up On Cripple Creed and basically any other track). If you want to spend 44 minutes listening to beautiful music this may be the right LP.

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5

Screw you guys, five stars!

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5

Gosh darnit it's just gawd dang great. Hard to fault

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5

The Band chose the best name ever for any band. They truly deserved it. Here was a group of musicians who could effortlessly construct the tightest yet loosest tunes I've ever heard. Everyone in the group can shine without overshadowing the other. There's tremendous talent and no showing-off. It's incredibly tasteful and always very musical. The wide styles and three singers make for a diverse set of songs on this self-titled second album released in 1969. Fantastic record! Favorite track: 'Whispering Pines' and 'King Harvest' (or really anything on Side 2).

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5

This is good. I really like whispering pines. it's a cool vibe, folk rock country ish but not too much. I'm going to listen to it again to confirm but as of now i want to give it a 5. this was good and i appreciate this type of music. I think it can be an album that people of all types of music tastes can enjoy and find value in. I'd listen again

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5

The album is pretty amazing. I'm only halfway through but it's surprisingly modern while classically country sounding. Love.

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5

Love this album. Up on Cripple Creek is a top song favorite. Is Lake Charles really that interesting a lake that it shows up in this song and Lucinda has an entire song about it?

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5

I mean it’s the band. They’re THE band

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5

Just good music to listen on good day.

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5

Great band, great album. A little folk, a little touch of southern "rock". A nice, easy listen.

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5

Really liked the folksiness of this one, will definitely return to it

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5

The talent and songwriting is undeniable. 5/5

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4

This is very very very good album, 4/5/5 for me

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4

My favorite Band albums are Big Pink and Rock of Ages (Don't Do It best cover ever), but love Cripple Creek and Jawbone. I want to dislike The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, problematic at best, racist at worst, but Levon's vocal is so incredible, it hurts my brain!

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4

Honestly mostly avoided The Band because they were Dead-adjacent (a bunch of my hippie coworkers like TGD and these guys, so scared me off). There's a lot more pulse here, as opposed to TDG, so I don't feel the comparison is *that* just. Good blend of blues, folk, rock, and maybe a little bit of southern rock and creole. Favorite tracks: "Jemima Surrender", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Rag Mama Rag"

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4

The band, good band

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4

Classic, loved it.

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4

Wholesome as heck

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4

Good! Classic!

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4

Some songs I could recognize, but otherwise feels like a standard good-quality folk rock album from the time. Solid, but not exceptional.

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4

Yo, I am all about the fucking band! Nice stuff bros keep up the good work!

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4

Great album, gotta love the band

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4

I haven't listened to a lot of 60s-70s rock for a while... Listening to The Band, I'm surprised how much more 'unified' their sound is, compared to modern tracks. Every instrument sounds more together, more at peace with each other in the mix, than a lot of the modern stuff.

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4

Easily recognized the influences on rock bands after. Especially the grateful dead riffs. The beginning of the album eases into their sound with songs that reflect pop rock of late 60s. By the middle of the album is when I was really drawn in to a new unique jam sound. I feel this is when The Band is at their best, mixing rock and a little country with a blues jam style.

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4

Classic!

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4

Old time pseudo-Americana fronted by mostly Canadians shouldn't work this well, though like most things of its vintage the politics and social sensibility haven't aged perfectly.

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false

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4

This album made it feel like I was at the end o a 90s movie and everything was going to work out. Very nice

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4

This is a good album

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4

Country rock about being American and having your barn burn down. Some really awesome use of 7ths and unpredictable chord changes. Pretty cool band. Completely new to me. Love the first track across the great divide

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4

The bigger hits on here I know and like but don’t love. I can see how this was a big influence though. Some of the tracks were pretty forgettable. I bet these guys were super fun live. 3.5 stars

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4

If “Unfaithful Servant” is the next to last song on your album, then you can name your band whatever the hell you want.

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4

Folk rock. Bastante bueno.

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4

so fun. never listened to this whole album. great southern rock.

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4

Better than I realized. Really good.

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Better than I had expected, albeit a little plodding in places. I do like a singing drummer.

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4

flock rock. MUY BUENO!

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4

Great stuff.

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4

New a few of the songs before listening. Album matched expectations. A top album. Can see why they are referenced as an influence for so many that followed

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4

Okie Dokie

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4

Not my kind of thing, but pretty cool!

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4

Very good

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4

This is definitely my type of music. I’ve always love The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, but it was nice to hear the rest of this album. Very ragged folky bluesy sound.

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4

Already loved songs off this album, whole thing was pleasurable. Would give 4.5 if possible

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4

favourite tracks: up on cripple creek, jawbone

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4

groovy

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4

Pretty good! I was having a stressful day and this helped put me in a better mood. Fave song I think was Across the Great Divide.

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4

Started strong, catchy songs and decent tunes. Seemed to have a bit of everything rock related (county, blues, ballad, folk) Would listen again.

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4

Classic Rock. Great stuff will have to relisten.

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4

Did not know this was their second album in 1969. Cripple Creek as a standout.

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4

A bit too soft and country for me personally, but I enjoyed this album overall. Favorite Track: When You Awake

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4

Classic album

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4

I love the band

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4

I really liked this!! eagles reminiscent

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4

It’s the band!

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4

Voll mein Ding im Oldie-gewand

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4

Tolles Album, super zu hören.

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4

Country, Liberal, Ahead of Time

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4

nice album with great songs

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4

This is good…. Classic alt American rock; done really well. The Band, the band!

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4

3 classic songs and the rest were forgettable

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4

Good album but not all tracks are equally memorable.

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4

1969 worth to listen again

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4

Sublimació de les aportacions del primer disc. Protoamericana i arrels del folk americà passat pel filtre dels 60. Sense la frescura de 'Music from Big Pink' ni els seus aires improvisats, però amb cançons més treballades i millor acabades. No hi són 'The Weight', ni 'Tears of Rage, ni 'I Shall Be Released'... però sí que estan 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down', 'Up on Cripple Creek' o 'Across the Great Divide'...

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4

Last week I did a listen of Music From the Big Pink. Although it wasn’t a bad album, to me it sounded like they were still Dylan’s backup band and hadn’t quite found their sound yet. I think they’ve arrived with their second album. The songs sound less forced and more original. There are no covers on this, with all the songs written or cowritten by Robertson. The lead vocals are mostly evenly divided between Helm, Danko, and Manuel. I enjoyed the guest Tuba on “Rag Mama Rag.” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “Up on Cripple Creek” are classics. Rest of the album was good too. I loved the mandolin on “Unfaithful Servant.”

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4

I never liked the Band. Still don't. So I can't give this album 5 stars. But I appreciate the artwork and musicianship here. Wide range of instruments and sounds, decent two or three part harmonies. Some real solid songwriting. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Up on Cripple Creek are deserved popular songs. Whispering Pines, Rockin Chair, and King Servant were nice songs I didn't know about. Rag Mama Rag reminded me why I don't like the Band.

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4

I have heard "Music From The Big Pink" and "The Last Waltz" a few times, so I am pretty familiar with the Band. The vocals always grated on me a bit. I'm not sure which singer it is, but he always sounds overly whiny. I know I should let that go. I mean, if I like Neil Young and Ian Anderson's vocals, this guy should be up my alley. But there's no forcefulness there. Then there's some of the songs... "Jemima Dancer" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" are definitely problematic (God, I hate that word.) songs today. At least "The Night" is a better song. "JD" is not that good to begin with. It's a good first effort by the group, but they definitely went up from here in their later efforts. They are NOT a group I have to get every 50th anniversary super deluxe edition set for, but a good comprehensive set would be good for me. I'd give this a good 3.7, minus "Jemima Dancer" (wow, what were they thinking?"

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4

Classic rock is classic. That Jawbone song is a banger.

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4

Very enjoyable, well written and well sung

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4

Un bon album, en plus leur 1er. Mon 2e prefere de the band. 4.5

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4

“Up On Cripple Creek” unlocked old memories with my dad.

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4

4.5 if I could. Really good.

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4

good stuff

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4

pleasant surprise, had never listed o them.

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4

The album is even more varied and dense, with a few more classics of their ragged, debonair style, taken a little from 1920s town bands, a little from barrelhouse entertainers, a little from country bands and a little from 19th century minstrels. (7/10) FT: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Up on Cripple Creek, Jawbone

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4

Incredible album.

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4

A classic of course. I much prefer Music from Big Pink. I wish that they rocked harder at times on this album. 4 🌟

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4

Excellent storytelling mostly about the south of past/present supported by folk, blues, and rock rhythms. Old timey sound with classic keys/organ and guitar up front with commanding drums and bass turned way up. Funky finish with King Harvest. Real focus on building a scene with characters and details. Drove old Dixie down, cripple creek, jawbone

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4

some certified HEATERS on this joint

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4

I wouldn't have guessed this was written in 69. Not every song was for me but overall I enjoyed it.

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4

Loved the honkey tonk elements of this album, definitely don't hear that much anymore. Cool album overall.

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4

I've always loved The Band for their super-hits I knew but haven't really delved into their catalog. Similar to the Dead, they're a funky romp - country, blues, folk, rock, all mixed together. I didn't really love everything on this album but it was a great listen.

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4

Take a load off Annie is a 5 star track for me, overall a great album that had bent my ears out of shape

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4

Not as good as the pink one but still good

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4

Reminds me of Grateful Dead... couldn't listen to it all but I'll surely give it a try again soon

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4

I certainly have some familiarity with this album. I used to hear it in the 1970s at my aunt’s and uncle’s house as my older cousins were very much into music like this. The songs I know fairly well are “Up On Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” The rest I couldn’t specifically identify but they feel familiar. I am not always predisposed to love the sort of rustic-rock of the late 60s/early 70s but I often do like it once I hear it. Still I liked most of the songs and will be happy to revisit this again. Some of the standouts in addition to the two monster hits mentioned previously include “Rag Mama Rag,” “When You Awake,” “Whispering Pines,” “Rockin’ Chair,” “Look Out Cleveland” and “King Harvest.”

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4

I really dig it

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4

Just some old-fashioned rock and roll. Love it

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Four stars An all-time classic, and an album which still holds its own many years after it was released. Beyond the great songs this record can boast about, what's really interesting is how The Band's second effort also works like a subtle concept album about America's Civil War, here seen from the vantage point of ordinary folks. They should have called it *Across The Great Divide*, after the opener. But then again, The Band were never really good to find names, were they? As is usually the case with those classic albums, I won't write a full-blown review here given that others have already written wonderful stuff about them and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. *The Band* is just a timeless gem for anyone who has even a remote interest in sixties and seventies music. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a third so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: another third Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last third Albums I might not be the best person to judge, but that I will probably include in my final list: 3. That, I remember.           

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4

Pretty great

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4

This album just has a classic feel to it. Really easy to listen to and not much wrong with it. I also feel there wasn’t necessarily anything standout about it compared to other classic rock, but it taps into a nostalgia I think a lot of people probably hold for classic rock without having even heard any of the songs on the record. I will say though, I’ll probabaly listen to this album more and more because it’s such a good album to drive to.

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4

Nodded along right from the start, very folksy without being country, great guitar work in the background. Very enjoyable.

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4

Good musicians!

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4

A solid offering of bluesy folk rock. Not quite a 5 for me, but it's still up there. Personal Favorites: Up On Cripple Creek, Whispering Pines, Jawbone

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There’s no lack of late 60s - early 70s folk rock on here. This one seems like a particularly good example though, with a wide range of styles and influences: blues, rock and roll, honkytonk, even some yodelling in there. The funk pushed it to a 4 for me.

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4

Very solid americana rock album that does not show real signs of age. There are some mediocre points (Rag Mama Rag, Jawbone), but the album is pretty consistent start to finish. Dixie is the strongest, but plenty of other earnest songs that make an enjoyable listen.

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4

Pretty good, but leans a bit too much into the country style

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I liked this album. I knew a few songs already, and the others were good too. I had a degenerate gambler uncle who used to play at Cripple Creek in CO. He was always humming or singing that song. Brings back some good memories, RIP Uncle Dan.

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4

This hit a good spot for me. I really like the piano and harmonies. Also recognized a few of the songs.

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Znany i lubiany krazek The Band w wykonaniu The Band, ktory byl ich drugim studyjnym albumem z roku 69, kanadyjski zespol ktory zostal zhamerykanizowany przez dekade tourowania z Dylanem w pewnym czasie samemu zaczal tworzyc wlasnie materialy, chociaz czesto czerpani tez z dylanowych kawalkow, eponimiczny albumik moze byc sluchany jako konceptowy krazek o ludziach i myszach, wiec mocno hamerykansko sie go slucha majac przed oczami moonszajny, linczowania czy unionizujacych sie farmerow, teksty zachaczaja o tematy przyziemne, ale nie zabraknie mniej przyziemnych problemow jak samotnosc pod sosenkami, czy lustowanie na farmie, zespol ktoremu podczas koncerowania z Dylanem zarzucano popowosc stworzyl cos tak folkowego i nie czuc tutaj forsowanego obrazu, a slychac prawdziwych brodatych lesnych dziadkow, w sklad ktorych wchodzilo pieciu czlonkow, z ktorych najwiekszy wklad w proces tworzenia liryki i muzyki mial pan Robbie Robertson, creditowany w wiekszosci trakow, a grajacy takze na gitarkach, akustyku i elektryku, bogate klawisze i pianinko wnosi Richard Manuel, drumowane bylo przez Levona Helma, bas w wykonaniu Ricka Danko, ktory ma takze udzial na skrzypcach i puzonie, ale prawdziwym multiinstrumentalista grupy byl Garth Hudson, klawisze, klawikordy, saksy, trumpety, wiec brzmienie jest na tyle bogate, ze jedynym muzykiem sesyjnym byl producent plyty John Simon, to wlasnie to bogactwo brzmienia najbardziej kieruje banda bardziej w rocka niz w folka, a moze rocka pomalowanego w folkowe historie, ktore jednak mnie kupuja, bo jestem suckerem takich klimatow, dodatkowo wokalnie trzech czlonkow bandy ma swoje utwory, wiec nie jest rowniez nudno pod tym wzgledem, bo o dziwo, ze trzy kawalki ktore najbardziej mi pasuja na plejke z tego dwunasto kawalkowego zestawu naleza do trzech roznych wokalistow, od Helma up on the cripple creek, dankowy when you are awake i king harvest od pana Richarda, chociaz wszystkie glosy lubia sie pojawiac razem jako backujace chorki, wiec albumik osluchany kolejny raz, ale tak samo dobry jak zawsze

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4

The Band

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4

Southern rock is pretty good

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4.5

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4

"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up On Cripple Creek" are my favorite tracks. This is a timeless album.

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4

A great folk rock album, really enjoyed this.

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4

The third album by The Band that we got and it's another good one, although not quite as great as Music From Big Pink. Still, it's a pretty great mix of americana, folk rock and rock'n'roll that hits the right spots. Good songs, good musicianship and enough variety to stay engaged throughout the album. This gets a thumbs up from me.

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4

This was an excellent album of what I would call Americana today. The Band incorporates elements of traditional American music including bluegrass and blues in a popular song format to create memorable songs, many of which have become standards.

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4

sådan der drenge!!

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4

Cohesive album. Vignette of blues-americana, with some classics of the the 60s.

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4

Not bad!

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4

Pretty sweet record. Deals a lot with old themes which combine with the folk rock sound really well. 7/10

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4

Just some classic folky, country-ish rock tracks. What’s not to like? With tracks generally about old Americana concepts, this can almost be a sort of concept album. Whether it is or not, it’s incredibly joyful and bouncy and fun to listen to!

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4

Good stuff - proper songwriting. I've had it up to the ears with 'artists' - how about some musicians for a change? This will do as a start.

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4

layers upon layers

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4

great album - some just classic folk rock/early alt-country on this album

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4

Solid album.

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4

Very solid thematic album. The Band has a distinctive sound, and this album really shines with some of the big hits but the lesser known songs all carry their own weight. Robbie Robertson always dominates the conversation when it comes to The Band, and what an incredible guitar player he is, but for me I almost never really pick up on the guitar work in the songs, the vocals carry so much passion and the synth and bass always seem more evident than the guitar work to me. Great listen, enjoyed this a lot.

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I’m surprised I liked this album as much as I did. Some great tracks there with mixed genres. Turns out that I can’t say I don’t like country music anymore haha

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4

Hadn't heard of them for some reason; will listen to more of their music. Very coherent album, and a bop.

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Muy a gusto, mejor de lo esperado. Cuando vi que eran canadienses me temía otra cosa como nuestros amigos Crosby, Stills, Nash o Young… pero no, de hecho es un rock folk bastante agradable. Bien. Me dejó la curiosidad de escuchar un poquito más de ellos.

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4

Was a great transition from 60s to 70s rock.

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4

Lots of good stuff on here. Emotional songwriting, great textures with the instruments, great vocals and vocal harmonies. The album really gives off a mood.

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4

Really fun!

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4

As american an act as you can get. Rooted in Rock and Roll with a strong folk influence (how much of that is from working with Dylan is unclear). This album from 1969 seems to have completely missed the british invasion - it comes from a parallel universe inhabited by themselves and CCR. Is it any good - at times yes, at times less so but never manages to be bad. Personally I prefer their first album - Music from big pink, - nevertheless this is worth hearing.

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4

I like The Band, in moderation. I think I've listened to this one before. Pretty nice.

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Ok this is gonna be late 60s folk rock for sure. And it is but not as super folky as I expected. It's not bad or good, it just is. Rock n roll and perfect harmonies etc etc. Boring by about halfway through, but not shit so 3/5.

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3

Not terrible, but not something I'd return to.

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3.2

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Good album if not my style of music. Favourite song was Across the Great Divide.

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Honestly, I liked the rest of the album way better than their most popular song, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

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3

Decent album. Good for a mellow mood.

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I like 'The Band', rock music. But it has something country to me. Did not know they were the band of Bob Dylan.

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3

A definite classic, very easy listening, but nothing truly breathtaking

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3

Fun and poppy with slightly haunting lyrics. Almost twangy enough to satisfy me.

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3

Not a great start, but i love where it went

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3

Major southerner energy, ehhh 3/5

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pretty fun

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decent 1970s country rock. Not great, but also not bad.

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3

Buenos ritmos, melodías y tonos. Quizás le falte algo de chispa.

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Yer Daw loves this one... and I think it's pretty cool too.

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