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Perhaps they're one of the more overlooked bands of the classic rock era (I don't really think so, but it's possible), but it took far too long for me to come to a band simply called "The Band" after I started listening to classic rock, and actually even longer before I could actually name a song they played. Looking back that is really a shame as this group was probably one of the most influential bands of the late 60s early 70s (as well as later) and made some great music to boot. Since my first listen to Music from Big Pink a number of years ago, I've been a fan of "The Band", and consider them one of the bands I wish I had discovered back when I first started listening to classic rock.
I actually don't know as much about the Band as I would like as I've only heard Music from Big Pink so far, but I'm also sure I'll be writing a tribute article discussing the intricacies of this band or that album as I hear more and get further into their music. In the mean time though, as a little bit of a tribute to the Band, to the album and to one of the greatest songs ever written I thought I would include a nice concert clip from 1970 of the band playing "The Weight"
Here's the clip, thanks as always to Youtube and 5thdayofmay for uploading it.
This is pretty great footage that really shows some of the subtleties of this band, and how earthy, authentic and real their music is... great clip, and an even better song.
"The Weight" is one of those songs that anyone who's listened to enough music from this era recognizes (and probably sings along to) as it's just a staple of the 60s and 70s. Although I like the studio version, this version stands out for me even more because of how "real" it sounds; very immediate, spontaneous, but still containing all the necessary parts of the song that it sounds pretty close to the studio take.
If this is your first impression of the Band and love the song, then don't wait a year or two like I did... go check out their albums as they made some great music including, but not limited to this song and the classic album, Music from Big Pink.
If you're already a fan of the Band, then just enjoy the live footage as this kind of footage really shows the group in their element. There are a number of video releases from the Band, but I have unfortunately yet to see any of them so I can't make a recommendation. Still, check them out as there are probably some other great moments.