The Band

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The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group that originally consisted of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, trombone, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboard instruments, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, baritone saxophone, vocals) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals). The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins' backing group The Hawks one by one between 1958 and 1963.

In 1964, they separated from Hawkins, after which they toured and released a few singles as Levon and the Hawks and the Canadian Squires. The next year, Bob Dylan hired them for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966. Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with Dylan to Saugerties, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, which forged the basis for their 1968 debut album Music from Big Pink. Because they were always "the band" to various frontmen, Helm said the name "The Band" worked well when the group came into its own. The group began performing officially as The Band in 1968, and went on to release ten studio albums. Dylan continued to collaborate with The Band over the course of their career, including a joint 1974 tour.

The original configuration of the Band ended its touring career in 1976 with an elaborate live ballroom performance featuring numerous musical celebrities. This performance was immortalized in Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary The Last Waltz. The Band recommenced touring in 1983 without guitarist Robbie Robertson, who had found success with a solo career and as a Hollywood music producer. Following a 1986 show, Richard Manuel was found dead of suicide, but the remaining three members continued to tour and record albums with a revolving door of musicians filling Manuel's and Robertson's respective roles, before finally settling on Richard Bell, Randy Ciarlante, and Jim Weider. Danko died of heart failure in 1999, after which the group broke up for good. Levon Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, and after a series of treatments was able to regain use of his voice. He continued to perform and released several successful albums until he succumbed to the disease in 2012.

The group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them No. 50 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and in 2008, they received the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, "The Weight" was ranked the 41st best song of all time in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1968 Music From Big Pink The Band 3.5 11
1969 The Band The Band 4.5 7
1970 Stage Fright The Band 4
1971 Cahoots The Band 7
1973 Moondog Matinee The Band 4
1975 The Basement Tapes Bob Dylan & The Band 5 9
1975 Northern Lights - Southern Cross The Band 6
1977 Islands The Band 5
1993 Jericho The Band 2
1996 High on the Hog The Band 3
1998 Jubilation The Band 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1976 The Best of The Band Compilation The Band 5 2
1978 Anthology Compilation The Band 4 1
1982 Anthology, Volume 1 Compilation The Band 2
1989 To Kingdom Come Compilation The Band 3
1991 The Best of The Band Compilation The Band 2
1992 The Collection Compilation The Band 1
1994 Across the Great Divide Compilation The Band 1
1994 The Best of Across the Great Divide Compilation The Band 1
1996 The Weight Compilation The Band 1
1997 The Collection Compilation The Band 2
1998 The Shape I'm In: The Very Best of The Band Compilation The Band 1
1999 The Best of The Band, Volume II Compilation The Band 1
2000 Greatest Hits Compilation The Band 1
2000 Music From Big Pink / The Band Compilation The Band 2
2002 The Very Best Album Ever Compilation The Band 1
2002 The Moon Struck One Compilation The Band 1
2005 A Musical History Compilation The Band 1
2007 The Best of a Musical History Compilation The Band 1
2013 Collected Compilation The Band 2
Anthology, Volume 2 Compilation The Band 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1971 Live at the Academy of Music 1971 Live The Band 2
1972 Rock of Ages Live The Band 4
1974 Before the Flood Live Bob Dylan & The Band 7
1978 The Last Waltz Live The Band 5 8
1990 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Live The Band 2
1995 Live at Watkins Glen Live The Band 1
2005 Midnight Train Live Bob Dylan & The Band 1
At Woodstock Live The Band 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 10 Great Songs The Band 1
Before the Flood (disc 1) Bob Dylan & The Band 1

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