By: Kyle Kreig
I once heard the term “classics never go out of style.” Now, I can’t exactly remember what it was they were referring to, or who actually said it, but I feel it’s a true statement, especially in regard to music.
The Band, the quintessential American band, even though most of the members were from Canada, but that’s beside the point. Although they started out as Bob Dylan’s backing band during his electric years, they would quickly make their own mark in American music history. The Band had it all, awesome riffs, badass headwear, just the right amount of grit and boat loads of talent. I mean serious talent, everyone in The Band was a multi instrumentalist and the lead singer was the drummer! The legendary Levon Helm for those of you that didn’t know. Words on paper, or a computer screen rather won’t do their music any justice, you simply have to listen for yourself.
It’s really hard to recommend tracks because they’re all that good, with The Band full albums are really the only way to go. My favorite, Live at Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington DC is a great place to start. The Band is really on their game for this show and the sound quality is top notch for a 70s recording. A recording that’s easier to get your hands on is Live at The Academy of Music, 1971. If studio albums are more your thing than look no further than the album that put The Band on the map, Music from Big Pink which includes their most famous track The Weight, the emotion just pour out of every song on the album, go and listen for yourself!