Friday Mix Tape: Playing In The Band

We’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving and that means only one thing around these parts, our annual fluffage of all things The Band, which of course includes their seminal rock movie The Last Waltz, which took place 35 years ago this coming Thursday at the Winterland in San Francisco. So for this week’s Mix Tape I thought we’d go grousing the aisles for a mix of tunes from The Band, from not only their own albums, but also ones that the members have appeared on and a solo track track or two. We hope that this will inspire you bust out your copy of The Last Waltz for what we consider essential viewing at this time of the year. So sit back, enjoy and play loud!!!

We kick things off with King Harvest (Has Surely Come), a song that seemed appropriate for this time of year from their self-titled record, otherwise known as the brown album. From there we’ve got a pair of tunes from The Basement Tapes, first up is Katie’s Been Gone, and we follow that up with the traditional tune Ain’t No More Cane. Then, we head to Eric Clapton’s 1976 album No Reason To Cry, which features most of the members of The Band for the Clapton and Rick Danko duet All Our Past Times.

Up next, we head to Bob Dylan’s  Planet Waves, the only proper studio album with Rick, Levon, Garth, Richard and Robbie backing him, for its opening track On A Night Like This. We follow that with the title cut from The Band’s third studio album Stage Fright. Then, we head to  Northern Lights Southern Cross, their penultimate album with their original lineup, for Accadian Driftwood. With that, we head to Rick Danko’s 1977 self-titled album, the first solo album by any member of the group, for Small Town Talk. And finally, we couldn’t not use something from The Last Waltz, so I thought that we’d close things out with Garth Hudson’s swirling instrumental The Genetic Method.

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