Friday, September 23, 2011

The Band - Rock of Ages

Driving back to Las Vegas I decided to turn my attention to The Band's 1971 live album Rock of Ages an amazing compolation of music that features 28 tracks of The Band's best stuff recorded during a stint in New York. What is incredible about this live album is that not only is The Band one of Canada (or anywhere)'s most unique live acts at the time but it also features a tremendous five-piece New Orleans horn section composed by jazz legend Allen Toussaint. So what we have here is a unique mix of musical culture. The Band's woodsy songs about farm life and The Civil War meld together with the brass blasts of The Big Easy and create something completely original and exciting. Towards the end of the show Bob Dylan comes on and closes the show with his former band. I could go on about The Band forever and talk about how they are one of the most underated and influential artists of all time, but I'd rather let the music do the talking. Check out their cover of Marvin Gaye's "Baby Don't You Do It" that kicks off this tremendous collection of live material.

Download via Mediafire:
Don't Do It.

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