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Endless Highway - The Music Of The Band

Guster Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000NOKF3K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. King Harvest
2. I Shall Be Released
3. Up On Cripple Creek
4. The Weight
5. It Makes No Difference
6. The Unfaithful Servant
7. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Live)
8. Chest Fever
9. Stage Fright
10. This Wheel s on Fire
11. Rag Mama Rag
12. Acadian Driftwood
13. When I Paint My Masterpiece
14. Life Is a Carnival
15. Whispering Pines
16. Look Out Cleveland
17. Rockin Chair

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"The Band's highway actually ended in 1978 at The Last Waltz, with the departure of founding member, guitarist, and principal songwriter Robbie Robertson. Considered by many to be ground zero of the roots-and-Americana movement despite being four-fifths Canadian, their decade-long Robertson-led run produced a handful of undeniable classics and volumes of timeless and influential music. So it's somewhat surprising that no one has released a tribute album to this legendary group until now."

Hal Horowitz

Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel were 'The Band'- ushered in through "the Basement Window' with Bob Dylan holding the window open. The end of the sixties has the Hell's Angels in Altamont, and 'The Band' released their album 'The Band'. As said elsewhere "The first event slapped us awake; the second one led us away.'The Band' understood the roots and sensibilities of 20th century American rock. They produced some covers but always made those songs their own. It seems strange that it has taken some thirty odd years for a cover for 'The Band'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can you go wrong with songs like this? 27 Nov 2009
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The music of The Band is justifiably revered, and for many people no cover version of these songs will do them justice. If you are new to The Band or, like me have only discovered their genius fairly recently, very likely the sheer quality of the songs here will blow you away. On the whole, the "loosey-goosey" delivery as it was known isn't imitated, leaving the songs to shine in their own right.

Blues Traveller, Lee Ann Womack, Gomez, Allman Brothers, My Morning Jacket, John Hiatt and Animal Liberation Orchestra all produce the goods with well chosen covers, delivered with first class musicianship. There are one or two lack-lustre songs towards the end of the cd but, on the whole, the quality is excellent and I would definately recommend this to anyone unfamiliar with The Band by way of an introduction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Endless highway, going nowhere... 9 Dec 2007
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Band wrote and performed some fantastic songs, so any tribute album should be onto a winner from the start. However, this one gets contemporary artists to play the Band songbook, with mixed results. For me there is very little on the CD that comes close to the quality of earlier recordings such as Nina Simone's version of 'I shall be released' or the Staple Singers take on 'The Weight', or more recent covers like Cassandra Wilson's take on 'The Weight' or Solomon Burke's wonderful interpretation of 'Makes no difference'. That said, the quality of the songs is still outstanding and most of these versions are just about OK, it's just not the Band!

My faves are The Roches 'Arcadian Driftwood', My Morning Jacket 'Makes no difference' (this is a great, neglected classic Band song), Death Cab for Cutie 'Rockin Chair'. I think the Band's best song is 'The night they drove old Dixie down' but the (live) version here by the Allman Brothers is pretty ordinary, despite a nice slide guitar break by Derek Trucks.

Overall quite interesting but it just makes you want to go back and listen to the original Band versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the first The Band tribute 3 Nov 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
I like tribute albums especially if they're of artists whose work I'm familiar with and most of these songs come from the first 4 albums.Here are people from the 70s into the 2000s and its always great to know songs like these will never be forgotten.
Included here are a pair of Dylan songs-This Wheel's On Fire is as much Dylan/The Band/The Byrds or even the Brian Augur Trinity with Julie Driscoll
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to one of the greatest rock bands ever! 3 Feb 2007
By Horror writer from TN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This tribute is long overdue, but turns in some outstanding renditions of the Band's most popular songs. Among the best are Widespread Panic's rocking version of "Chest Fever", The Allman Brothers Band's live cover of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", but perhaps the best song on the entire CD is from My Morning Jacket, with their version of "It Makes No Difference". This is a really great CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endless Highway, a real tribute 2 Feb 2007
By D. Wiese - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Band is a musical icon, covering/replicating their songs seems to me to be virtually impossible. They are perhaps the group that most understood and reflected the roots and sensibilities of American music in our time. The Big Pink album is among the top few records that I consider most influential on me. But, what a surprise "Endless Highway: The Music of the Band," does what I considered not to be possible. The versions of The Band songs are a credit to both artists who interpret the music with reverence and the timelessness of the songs themselves. Think of the songs that really stand the test of time, there are mighty few. There is danger in trying to cover definitive versions of songs, but this record succeeds mightily. I just can't pick a favorite track, but some are standouts; the Allman Brothers live performance of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and Blues Traveler's "Rag Mama Rag." My Morning Jacket nails "It Makes No Difference," and The Roches version of "Acadian Driftwood" is inspiring. Lee Ann Womack's amazingly powerful version of "The Weight" is most unexpected. Death Cab for Cutie's take on "Rockin' Chair" is stunning and Steve Reynolds' "Stage Fright" adds surreal spookiness that works perfectly. I always thought the definitive version of "Chest Fever" was Three Dog Night's version, now I have a new favorite - Widespread Panic.

For fans of the band, this record is a treat, for those unfamiliar with The Band, this record will make them a fan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As the Originals, But Still Great 7 Feb 2007
By former Amazon customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Of course these renditions aren't going to be as good as the originals. As noted in some of the other reviews, the Band's strength lies in more than just great songwriting; their performance skills were special and really cannot be duplicated. That being said, this is a very good album. Almost every song is done justice, except for the so-called Allman Brothers Band. Death Cab for Cutie's "Rocking Chair" and Guster's "Wheel's On Fire" really add something new. The Roches "Acadian Driftwood" sounds like Robbie was thinking of them when he wrote it. It seems like Buddy Miller's time on the Sweet Harmony Traveling Review was time well spent considering how much he adds to Lee Ann Womack's "The Weight". My Morning Jacket's "It Makes No Difference" is surprisingly close to the Band's without being a slavish imitation. Even the lesser performances are worth a listen.

Please note that the order of the tracks as posted on Amazon is completely wrong.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently excellent tribute 2 Feb 2007
By Kenneth N. Fricklas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There seem to be a plethora of tribute albums coming out over the last few years -- record labels seem to be trying to milk every excess dollar they can out of their catalog. So it's a welcome relief when the results are as consistently excellent as this collection. Every song on here seems to be labor of love -- from Lee Ann Womack's sweet take on "The Weight", to a powerful "Chest Fever" by Widespread Panic, to the Allman Brothers doing justice to "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". Even the weak points of this album are still as good as anything that's come out lately... this could be the Americana album of the year.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon.com is wrong 22 Feb 2007
By C. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic album. A great mix of country, rock, pop covers of some classic Band songs. Not often do you find a cover album that you can listen to all the way through, but this is one. Highlights: Morning Jacket's cover of It Makes No Difference, the Allman Bros singing the Night they Brought Old Dixie Down, the Roches singing Acadian Driftwood. Great variety and a fresh take on some songs that haven't gotten the attention they deserve recently. Highly recommended!
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