The Band – The Band (1969)
Fellow blogger Suzie81 had a nice post today about life’s little pleasures.
I’d add ‘filing away compliments for future reference’ to the list.
a) I don’t fully appreciate them at the time
b) The compliment may not be entirely accurate/more than a tad generous!
When I was in high school, another student said my guitar playing reminded him of Mark Knopfler. Upon learning that he was the Sultans of Swing guitarist, needless to say I was flattered.
A few months ago, my boss said my bass playing reminded him of Rick Danko. The name sounded familiar but I couldn’t place it. After hearing Danko’s work with The Band, specifically on The Band, the comparison is very much appreciated.
From Dylan’s 1966 bootleg, I knew these guys could play.
It was nice to hear them step out on their own on the debut, Music From Big Pink. I wasn’t totally unmoved by the album but, admittedly, I also wasn’t overwhelmed.
Its eponymous follow-up is a different story; The Band is fantastic. The album tracks are as strong as the hits, a dozen keepers in all.
What makes this album so effective is the group dynamic.
One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but in this case, the packaging is an appropriate preview of the sound: miles from shiny/glossy overproduction, a team effort, and difficult to pinpoint its year of release as the songs would (and will continue to) sound great in any era.