The Band

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The Band was a Canadian-American rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1967. It consisted of Canadians Rick Danko (bass, guitar, vocals, fiddle), Garth Hudson (organ, keyboards, accordion, saxophone), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar, songwriting, vocals, piano, percussion), and American Levon Helm (drums, vocals, mandolin, guitar, bass). The Band combined elements of Americana, folk, rock, jazz, country, and R&B, influencing musicians such as George Harrison, Elton John, the Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton and Wilco.

Between 1958 and 1963, the group was known as the Hawks, a backing band for rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins. In the mid-1960s, they gained recognition for backing Bob Dylan and the 1966 concert tour was notable as Dylan's first with an electric band. After leaving Dylan and changing their name to "The Band", they released several records to critical and popular acclaim, including their debut album Music from Big Pink in 1968. According to AllMusic, the album's influence on several generations of musicians has been substantial: musician Roger Waters called Music from Big Pink the second-most influential record in the history of rock and roll, and music journalist Al Aronowitz called it "country soul ... a sound never heard before". Their most popular songs included "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and "Up on Cripple Creek".

The Band performed their farewell concert on November 25, 1976. Footage from the event was released in 1978 as the concert film The Last Waltz, directed by Martin Scorsese. It would be the last performance of the original five members. After five years apart, Danko, Hudson, Helm, and Manuel reunited in 1983 (without Robertson) for a reunion tour. Robertson had taken up a second career as a successful producer and composer for film soundtracks. Manuel died in 1986, but the remaining three members would continue to tour and occasionally release new albums of studio material until 1999, when, upon the death of Danko, the remaining members decided to break up for good. Helm would go on to a successful solo career, winning multiple Grammy Awards in the folk and Americana categories until his 2012 death, while Hudson found a second career as a featured session musician. Robertson died in 2023, leaving Hudson as the only living member of the original lineup.

Music critic Bruce Eder described the Band as "one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, their music embraced by critics ... as seriously as the music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones." The Band 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 50th on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, and ranked "The Weight" 41st on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. In 2008, the group received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, they were inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

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1968Music From Big PinkThe Band422
1969The Band (“The Brown Album”)The Band4.1521
1970Stage FrightThe Band417
1971CahootsThe Band415
1973Moondog MatineeThe Band3.511
1975The Basement TapesBob Dylan & The Band4.311
1975Northern Lights – Southern CrossThe Band3.514
1977IslandsThe Band3.511
1993JerichoThe Band44
1995Let It Rock! The Rock'n'Roll Album of the DecadeRonnie Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, The Band, Lawrence Gowan & Jeff Healey1
1996High on the HogThe Band3.55
1998JubilationThe Band45
2018Music From Big Pink (deluxe edition, 2018 remix)The Band1
Greatest Hits of the 60s - Disc 2The Band1

Album + Compilation

1976The Best of The BandThe Band510
1978AnthologyThe Band42
1980Anthology, Volume 2The Band2
1982Anthology, Volume 1The Band2
1989To Kingdom ComeThe Band4
1991The Best of The BandThe Band2
1992The CollectionThe Band1
1994Across the Great DivideThe Band2
1994The Best of Across the Great DivideThe Band1
1996The WeightThe Band1
1997The CollectionThe Band2
1998The Shape I'm In: The Very Best of The BandThe Band1
1999The Best of The Band, Volume IIThe Band1
2000Greatest HitsThe Band3.53
2000Music From Big Pink / The BandThe Band2
2002The Very Best The Band Album EverThe Band1
2002The Moon Struck OneThe Band1
2005A Musical HistoryThe Band41
2005A Musical HistoryThe Band1
2007The Best of a Musical HistoryThe Band2
200910 Great SongsThe Band1
2011Three of a KindThe Band1
2013CollectedThe Band2
2013The Band: Opus CollectionThe Band1
2014The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes CompleteBob Dylan and The Band52
2014The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes RawBob Dylan and The Band53
2015Capitol Rarities 1968-1977The Band1
2015The Capitol Albums 1968-1977The Band1
2015IconThe Band1
PlatinumThe Band1

Album + Live

1972Rock of AgesThe Band312
1974Before the FloodBob Dylan / The Band517
1978The Last WaltzThe Band519
1990The Night They Drove Old Dixie DownThe Band2
1995Live at Watkins GlenThe Band2
2010Live in Tokyo 1983The Band with The Cate Brothers Band1
2013Live at the Academy of Music 1971The Band2
2023South of the Line (live Saugerties '94)The Band1
2023Caught in the SpotlightThe Band1
Toronto FM 1993The Band1

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