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The Band were the best band ever


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Initial post: Dec 28, 2012 10:20:51 PM PST
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alexwilbury says:
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Posted on Jan 4, 2013 7:30:42 AM PST
vivazappa says:
One of the best...very underrated.
I never saw them with Robbie but I saw them with the other four open for CSN.
Fantastic set!

The top person I've never seen live...Robbie!

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 4:48:02 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 4, 2013 4:48:19 PM PST
No. Good songwriting, kind of dull rootsy sound. The debut album "Music From Big Pink" was by far their shining moment. There's good stuff on the later albums but *the best of all-time*?!?

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 8:57:43 PM PST
I like Big Pink and the follow-up self-titled set, but I think Rock of Ages(the original AND remaster) best displays what the Band was all about. It certainly was something Little Feat's Wating for Columbus was a bit inspired by, what with the augmentation of a horn section and whatnot. In fact, both bands here share a familiarity within their musicianship and songwriting talents, IMO. Back to the Band, They would probably be in my top 15 favorite bands' list, for example but not tops. I like their sound which has a rootsy/organic quality wrapped within their "Americana" style of popular music; its definitely distinct and recognizable, but I go through periods with the Band, much like the Grateful Dead in a sense as well. Once I start listening to a track, it could turn into an album and then 3 months later, I'm still listening to them. But I digress. The Band were great in moments(Big Pink, Rock of Ages, ex.) but all time overall? Nah gotta disagree there. Stones for me.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 10:48:18 PM PST
B-Jak says:
Just mentioning Little Feat, a far more exciting band. The band was good, but IMO a long way from best band ever.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 10:51:01 PM PST
The Band was BORING!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 6:57:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2013 8:09:31 AM PST
Lowell George era Feat can't be beat. They had a distinct organic sound to their style, esp. on their first two albums. Alot of tempo changes, odd time signatures and different for different sake even though it was rhythm and blues with a dash of funk, folk, country and rock. To me, the Band and Little Feat share these idiosyncrasies within their styles and are far more accomplished musicians than alot of their contemporaries of the day, Steely Dan fits this bill somewhat as well, however, theirs is a style that is far more sophisticated and slicker in a lot of areas. The first four Doobie Bros. albums are also full of alot of rich musical wealth and Tom Johnston was such a driving force within the band back then, great writer and singer/guitarist. These four groups, not necessarily on the whole, but in parts(3 out of 4 still exist in various incarnations), make up some of the best music of the 70's era, imo.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 4:22:56 PM PST
Hinch says:
The Band were a great and one of a kind band, but I wouldn't list them in my top favorites. The Band is my favorite of their albums.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 7:39:13 AM PST
alexwilbury says:
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Posted on Jan 6, 2013 7:48:40 AM PST
Working Man says:
indydefense, I respect that you are completley into The Band and they may be your favorite band. I also respect that you're not into Zeppelin, which is probably my favorite band of all time.

There are a lot people here that would gladly discuss The Band and if you want to avoid the attacks than you might be better off softening your stance. Making a definitive statement like "The Band were the best ever" is just asking for negative reactions. If you don't mind having to defend The Band from haters then go for it. It's just my observation that declaring someone is "the best" or "worse" just invites lots of people to come and dispute your statements.

You may not want my advice and that's cool, but there are a lot of people here with various tastes and we will respond when provoked. So, good luck with The Band.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 7:53:37 AM PST
D. Mok says:
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Posted on Jan 6, 2013 7:55:21 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 6, 2013 8:10:54 AM PST
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alexwilbury says:
"So, he wants stone-dull recording and mixing, muffled acoustic guitars and the lack of any ambition."

Lack of ambition? Their sole ambition was to make good, solid rock and roll, with hints of classical, folk, blues, gospel, etc.. And at that they succeeded wonderfully.

"Not surprising coming from a guy who eschews the most important member (Robbie Robertson) of his own favourite band in favour of the least important member (Garth Hudson),"

Even Robertson, with his narcissism and huge ego, will gladly tell you that there was no "most important" or "least important" member of The Band. And Robbie's always said that Garth Hudson had to actually give himself and all the other guys musical lessons when he first joined, in order to help them improve their craft. Levon and Rick were even more enthusiastic about Garth, claiming that there was no Band without him.

"and prefers the stuffy, unimaginative studio albums over the lively, powerful, punchy, beautifully arranged versions on The Last Waltz."

The Last Waltz as presented in the film and album is rife with overdubs and studio trickery. I actually prefer The Band's sound as captured on the Before the Flood live album, which I highly doubt was overdubbed, since it was also a Dylan live album, and he hates overdubbing.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 8:18:54 AM PST
D. Mok says:
> The Last Waltz as presented in the film and album is rife with overdubs and studio trickery.

So the hell what? A great album with overdubs and fixes is better than a shoddy "live" one. "Authentic" crap is still crap.

> since it was also a Dylan live album, and he hates overdubbing.

Also crap. Listen to the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert. Bob Dylan mangled his live vocal on "My Back Pages" so terribly that he overdubbed the entire verse. As did Tom Petty, who missed such an obvious cue that he made even Booker T. and the MGs screw up the chord changes.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 8:26:51 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 6, 2013 8:33:32 AM PST
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D. Mok says:
> It's not a live album then, it's a Frankenstein album.

So?

> At least when the Grateful Dead did it with "Anthem of the Sun", they were straightforward about the fact that it was a mix of live and studio.

So?

> Everyone who has ever worked with him in the studio will tell you that Bob likes to do things live, and has little patience for studio tricks.

If Bob Dylan expects listeners to give him points for his crappy performance just because he's too lazy to do it again, he should grow up and try being a professional musician. The reason "My Back Pages" was so screwed up was because Dylan barely even sang the melody, mumbling the lyrics like he never rehearsed them. People *paid* to see a concert and Dylan was too contemptuous of his audience to do work and try to do his best. You don't see pros like Roger McGuinn, Eric Clapton and George Harrison having that problem in the song -- their live performances were on the final released recording. It was Bob Dylan and Tom Petty who screwed everything up and made their fellow musicians look bad. If you find that endearing for some bizarre reason, I can assure you that professional musicians and discerning (paying) music listeners do not.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 12:03:04 PM PST
D. Mok says:
> I'm just having a hard time understanding how a person can watch something like this:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0z0ajcDgns
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUL_zILXi0Q
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM_ZqESUuFU
> ...and then NOT think The Band were the best ever

Three shockingly ordinary performances. With the exception of the Ray Charles, it's brain-dead I-IV-V rockabilly with no imagination. Garbage compared to The Last Waltz, and compared with the originals Robbie Robertson writes. Garth Hudson may blow your horn, but lots of keyboard wankery doesn't make it automatically oh-so-great.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 3:50:31 PM PST
doodah man says:
indy, I can appreciate your zealous 'enthusiasm' for "The Band", they are AMONG my favorite artists. I have watched "The Last Waltz" many times over; I'm not sure how you can love The Band and diss it. I actually enjoy watching "The Last Waltz" more than "Song Remains the Same", though I would definitely rate Zeppelin as a greater band.

I've seen both bands in concert, and Zeppelin (as I mentioned in your other post "Led Zeppelin Sucks") come away with far more energy. But, they are apples and oranges; both are great, just depends on what you're in the mood for.

But the best band EVER? Nahhhh.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 6:12:03 AM PST
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vivazappa says:
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Posted on Jan 7, 2013 8:05:22 PM PST
Working Man says:
I think you'd get more hot ladies with Zeppelin. Though you might get some hippie chicks with The Band, I still think Zep would win this test.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 10:10:04 PM PST
doodah man says:
But... you get the BEST hippie chicks with the Dead.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 7:50:33 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 9, 2013 10:12:06 AM PST
MH says:
"There's more feeling and more genuine enthusiasm in those performances than the pretentious Zep could have ever dreamed of putting out."

Would it be possible for you to make a case for The Band without badmouthing Led Zeppelin?

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 5:36:44 PM PST
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