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Music From The Big Pink: The Band - This disc's on fire!,
This review is from: Music From Big Pink (Mlps) (Audio CD)
Hats off to the brilliantly named Band. There are not many groups who could make themselves seen and heard from behind the bright light of Bob Dylan, but these guys managed it.
Having first come across them on `Planet Waves',and the `Before the Flood' concerts, two of my favourite Dylan albums, I decided to listen to their output sans Dylan. And I was really glad I did.
The band had a distinctive sound all of their own. They took a mixture of a variety of sounds, blues, folk, country, rock, soul, anything else they liked the sound of, and blended it into a sound uniquely their own. Utilising the three very distinct voices of Levon Helm (my personal favourite of their lead singers), Manuel and Danko, and the multi instrumental talents of all the band, they painted rich pictures from a wide musical palette.
This debut album, named after the house in which the album was created, is a stunner. The Band had been playing live together for a few years, and were a pretty tight outfit. The songwriting is excellent, and the album just brims over with creativity.
Difficult to pigeonhole, they were a unique outfit and this album is an essential part of any American music lover's collection. An excellent debut from an excellent band. Five stars.