Although The Band is known for their American roots music, only drummer Levon Helm was born in the ‘States. Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson all hail from Canada.
After meeting up as “The Hawks” – the backing band for Ronnie Hawkins – the band came to prominence supporting Bob Dylan on his legendary, first, electrified rock tour.
Having secured a recording contract of their own, The Band released their classic debut – Music from Big Pink – in 1968. One year later the group released their eponymous follow-up-and-acknowledged-masterpiece The Band.
This 1997 VH1 episode of their “Classic Albums” series features interviews with band members and studio engineers as well as great footage at the soundboard, exploring the record’s mixes in-depth.
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Now that the blog is finally back I wanted to give away a little something to you, my faithful, sleepless readers:
I’ve added the songs from my newly-remixed debut album to the player at the bottom of this post. It’s now available for digital download at all major music sites like Amazon, iTunes etc. I’ve also made the title songs of the 2 discs – Blue Turns Black and Plain Jane – available for free download! Check out the player and click on the glowing download button when you play to the title tunes.
Enjoy and leave comment!
Joe Nolan <3