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Endless Highway - The Music Of The Band

GusterAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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listen  1. This Wheel's On FireGuster 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. King HarvestBruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. It Makes No DifferenceMy Morning Jacket 6:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Shall Be ReleasedJack Johnson with ALO 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The WeightLee Ann Womack 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chest FeverWidespread Panic 6:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Up On Cripple CreekGomez 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Night They Drove Old Dixie DownThe Allman Brothers Band 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stage FrightSteve Reynolds 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rag Mama RagBlues Traveler 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Whispering PinesJakob Dylan 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Acadian DriftwoodThe Roches 6:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Unfaithful ServantRosanne Cash 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. When I Paint My MasterpieceJosh Turner 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Life Is A CarnivalTrevor Hall 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Look Out ClevelandJackie Greene 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rockin' ChairDeath Cab For Cutie 5:31$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (April 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • ASIN: B000JMJVPY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Band's highway actually ended in 1978 at The Last Waltz, with the departure of founding member, guitarist, and principal songwriter Robbie Robertson. Considered by many to be ground zero of the roots-and-Americana movement despite being four-fifths Canadian, their decade-long Robertson-led run produced a handful of undeniable classics and volumes of timeless and influential music. So it's somewhat surprising that no one has released a tribute album to this legendary group until now. But after listening to these 17 tracks, it's clear why. Even with the best of intentions, many of these versions fail to capture the emotion and intensity of the original performances. All but the UK's Gomez are American-based, yet with a few notable exceptions, the acts either mimic the Band's already archetypal arrangements or add nothing unique. Bruce Hornsby sings the lyrics of the touching "King Harvest" like he's reading them off cue cards, Guster zip through a chilly "This Wheel's on Fire" with little emotional attachment, and Jack Johnson's folksy "I Shall Be Released" squanders the song's gospel tendencies. The women fare far better, with Lee Ann Womack nailing the subtleties of "The Weight" in a lovely, nuanced country interpretation, the Roches' unplugged sisterly harmonies bringing a gorgeous and appropriate back-porch feel to "Acadian Driftwood," and Rosanne Cash turning in a tender and touching "The Unfaithful Servant." Jakob Dylan and Lizz Wright do justice to the sensitive "Whispering Pines" and rockers Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band, and My Morning Jacket add appropriate Southern grit to their selections. Ultimately, though, these covers make you appreciate how flawlessly the Band realized their own music and provided consummate arrangements that cannot be improved on. --Hal Horowitz

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It's been 30 years since 'The Last Waltz' and the music lives on. This is the first ever all star celebration of one of rock's legendary groups - The Band. Paticipating artists have cumulative Soundscan of more than 30 million albums! A musical celebration of rock's legendary group with performance by Jack Johnson, Rosanne Cash, Steve Reynolds and more. Classic rock is enjoying a huge resurgence among youger audiences.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to one of the greatest rock bands ever! February 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This tribute is long overdue, but turns in some outstanding renditions of the Band's most popular songs. Among the best are Widespread Panic's rocking version of "Chest Fever", The Allman Brothers Band's live cover of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", but perhaps the best song on the entire CD is from My Morning Jacket, with their version of "It Makes No Difference". This is a really great CD.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Highway, a real tribute February 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Band is a musical icon, covering/replicating their songs seems to me to be virtually impossible. They are perhaps the group that most understood and reflected the roots and sensibilities of American music in our time. The Big Pink album is among the top few records that I consider most influential on me. But, what a surprise "Endless Highway: The Music of the Band," does what I considered not to be possible. The versions of The Band songs are a credit to both artists who interpret the music with reverence and the timelessness of the songs themselves. Think of the songs that really stand the test of time, there are mighty few. There is danger in trying to cover definitive versions of songs, but this record succeeds mightily. I just can't pick a favorite track, but some are standouts; the Allman Brothers live performance of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and Blues Traveler's "Rag Mama Rag." My Morning Jacket nails "It Makes No Difference," and The Roches version of "Acadian Driftwood" is inspiring. Lee Ann Womack's amazingly powerful version of "The Weight" is most unexpected. Death Cab for Cutie's take on "Rockin' Chair" is stunning and Steve Reynolds' "Stage Fright" adds surreal spookiness that works perfectly. I always thought the definitive version of "Chest Fever" was Three Dog Night's version, now I have a new favorite - Widespread Panic.

For fans of the band, this record is a treat, for those unfamiliar with The Band, this record will make them a fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As the Originals, But Still Great February 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Of course these renditions aren't going to be as good as the originals. As noted in some of the other reviews, the Band's strength lies in more than just great songwriting; their performance skills were special and really cannot be duplicated. That being said, this is a very good album. Almost every song is done justice, except for the so-called Allman Brothers Band. Death Cab for Cutie's "Rocking Chair" and Guster's "Wheel's On Fire" really add something new. The Roches "Acadian Driftwood" sounds like Robbie was thinking of them when he wrote it. It seems like Buddy Miller's time on the Sweet Harmony Traveling Review was time well spent considering how much he adds to Lee Ann Womack's "The Weight". My Morning Jacket's "It Makes No Difference" is surprisingly close to the Band's without being a slavish imitation. Even the lesser performances are worth a listen.

Please note that the order of the tracks as posted on Amazon is completely wrong.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently excellent tribute February 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There seem to be a plethora of tribute albums coming out over the last few years -- record labels seem to be trying to milk every excess dollar they can out of their catalog. So it's a welcome relief when the results are as consistently excellent as this collection. Every song on here seems to be labor of love -- from Lee Ann Womack's sweet take on "The Weight", to a powerful "Chest Fever" by Widespread Panic, to the Allman Brothers doing justice to "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". Even the weak points of this album are still as good as anything that's come out lately... this could be the Americana album of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon.com is wrong February 21, 2007
By C. Lane
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic album. A great mix of country, rock, pop covers of some classic Band songs. Not often do you find a cover album that you can listen to all the way through, but this is one. Highlights: Morning Jacket's cover of It Makes No Difference, the Allman Bros singing the Night they Brought Old Dixie Down, the Roches singing Acadian Driftwood. Great variety and a fresh take on some songs that haven't gotten the attention they deserve recently. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Some of my favorites, "Cripple Creek" by Gomez, "Unfaithful Servant" by Roseanne Cash, "Whispering Pines" with Jakob Dylan and Lizz Wright, and "Weight" with Lee Ann Womack. These are all different enough from the original music that they're interesting. Still, nobody does the Band like the Band no matter how under-appreciated this group is. So, buy the Band if you don't have them and get this CD if you're interested in hearing covers of their music afterward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase but not all is gold May 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I do like this album a good deal but let me start with the low points.

The Lows:

The Allmans: A band I love but Greg, learn the words brother. He clearly forgets a bunch of vocals on "The Night They Drove Ole Dixe Down". I can't believe they even put this version on the album.

Gomez: Don't know much about this group but their version of "Up On Cripple Creek" is crapola.

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers: A solid attempt by Bruce but the band is missing the low end groove that really makes "King Harvest" the great song that it is. Listenable but doesn't do justice to an incredible song.

The Highs:

The Roches: Beautiful harmonies on Acadian Driftwood. My favorite cover on this album.

Death Cab for Cutie: I've heard a lot about these guys and I think it's time for me to check them out. Excellent rendition of Rockin' Chair.

Jack Johnson: I read someone say that his vocals are weak on "I Shall Be Released" but I disagree. I think this song is a case of the right singer for the right song.

Outside of that the rest of the album is pretty solid. I don't regret shelling out 10 clams for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Generally disappointing, with a few bright spots
This record starts off promising with Guster's version of "This Wheel's on Fire." They make it their own, but retain the Band-ness of the tune (which is pretty much what a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Craig Dockery
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording
Some awesome covers here by some great bands. I have been a fan of The Band for some years and I really enjoyed other musicians takes on their music.
Published 16 months ago by JRIII
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Bother
While some of the performances are good, why bother listening to this when you can get the original? Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Howard Haber
5.0 out of 5 stars Renewed appreciation for The Band
As a long time fan of The Band, I was skeptical when received this CD as a gift. What a shock to discover that this album gives a fun new take on classics that after many years I... Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by L. Holland
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly mediocre
It is a shame to hear the sounds of such a creative band being covered with such a lack of creativity. Read more
Published on May 14, 2009 by Ty Braxton
1.0 out of 5 stars "B+" for effort, "D" for execution
Many listeners are just so thankful that The Band have received this tribute that they're afraid to criticize it. Read more
Published on October 10, 2008 by Passionate About Music
4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh listening experience
I usually avoid tribute albums like the plague. Oh, some have their merit and are good for a song or two, but sometimes you wonder if the participants drew the short straw. Read more
Published on December 20, 2007 by todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Bears repeating often
You'll never get tired of listening to these renditions of the music of the Band
Published on July 13, 2007 by MJ VanO
3.0 out of 5 stars "A Few Good Songs"
My Morning Jacket's take on "It Makes No Difference" may well be worth the cost of the album, and the body of work captured in the disc validates the powerful and influential song... Read more
Published on May 18, 2007 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Endless Highway
The Band is my all-time favorite rock group and believe them to be one of the best ever so for other artists to attempt to reinterpret the Band's music is an act of courage -- or... Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by D. Summers
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