It has been three decades since The Band had their farewell concert, captured by Martin Scorsese in his documentary concert film The Last Waltz.
Going beyond the label of “Bob Dylan’s former back-up band”, they became legends themselves. The songs written by Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Levon Helm remain in the hearts of many. Its relevance is still very apparent and to a generation unaware of the blues and folk flavoured rock music they made (spilling from the late ‘60s into the ‘70s), this is a great introduction to their creations. The various artists chosen to pay tribute to these legends do the songs justice, capturing its soul as opposed to trying to jack it up in order to sound different. They include Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Guster, Jack Johnson & A.L.O. (also on their own), LeeAnn Womack, Gomez, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Reynolds, Blues Traveler, Jakob Dylan & Lizz Wright, Joe Henry, Rosanne Cash, Jackie Greene, Trevor Hall, Death Cab For Cutie, and My Morning Jacket.
The sleeve notes by Artie Traum are enlightening, especially if you’re new to the music of The Band.

5 / B
- PB

1 2 3 4 5 6
- B - C

6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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