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Filled with vintage footage of the Band in rehersals, as well as interviews with Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, the reclusive Garth Hudson, and the late Rick Danko, "The Band" chronicles the making of this amazing album, focusing on the disparate musical influences- country, bluegrass, rockabilly, black R&B, rock n roll, and folk/Americana- that led to many of guitarist/vocalist Robbie Robertson's greatest songs.
The surviving members at the time of this documentary (made in 1997-pianist Richard Manuel had died in 1986) add their own anecdotes to the music, giving the songs unique colors and life. Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, and Garth Hudson (the most pleasant surprise on the dvd taking into account his well known reclusive nature) add to the fun by playing some of the tunes based on their perspective, offering running commontary as they go. Add to the Band's perspective those of Eric Clapton, (who wanted to join the Band at one point) George Harrison, Elton John's lyicist Bernie Taupin, and producer Don Was, and the cup of greatness runneth over.Read more ›
Just watch Levon listening back to "Rocking Chair," his eyes closed, delighted at the sound of Richard Manuel's voice, basking in the joy of what The Band created together so many years ago. He still retains that modest, down-home quality that is so endearing.
Then there's "Brother Garth." Band fans will find this DVD worth the purchase price just to see Garth improvising at the keyboard, displaying just what a lovable crazed-genius he really is.
And then there is plenty of Robbie Robertson, giving some very insightful information about The Band's writing and recording processes. Like Levon, Robbie just can't contain the thrill he obviously feels listening back to the original multitracks from the album.
Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Robbie ever "reunited" with the others for this program, even if just to listen to the tracks together. The interviews are all done separately. But that's not really a complaint, just an observation.
Anyone who is a fan of The Band, and anyone who has a genuine interest in the creative process and in making music, will certainly love this DVD. I'm a picky guy, but I gave this the highest rating I could.
Excellent footage, interviews, and insight into a band with such an abundance of heart that only music could capture.
Will never forget the endless days/nights of enjoying The Bands music, and the 1973 Roosevelt Stadium shows my friends and I were privileged to attend.
It is all fantastic, but to watch Rick Danko being recorded in present day, playing guitar and singing "When You Awake" is worth way more then the price of admission. This DvD is priceless. Thanks to all involved for its production.
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This brings back memories from when I was there, seeing them perform.Published 5 months ago by Donald T. Michaud
I am a huge fan of The Band, and have most of their CDs and DVDs. I waited for months for it to be available and was away when it finally was and I ordered it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robman62
I've watched this many, many times. I absolutely LOVE the Classic Albums series! I write & record my own music in a home studio, so these DVDs are like 'home college courses' to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Daniel J. Buchanan
The Band---"The Band"----a nice piece of history of them doing their 2nd Lp
With Levon, Helm, Rich Danko,, Garth Hudson, and mostly Robbie... Read more
only fault is pq, I'd rather have this in HD, but it is what it is... Interesting material.Published 16 months ago by igroucho
Great video. Levon and Garth were the highlights for me. Garth plays various fanfare's during the recollections of the tracks and he is in some other place mentally...... Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Carlin
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