Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

The Band – Moondog Matinee (1973): Gimme Five

The Band – Moondog Matinee (1973): Gimme Five

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ released on Oct. 15, 1973, was meant to be a passionate homage. Instead, it’s unfairly overlooked as a career retrenchment.

Robbie Robertson was again sparked by America, old friends on Storyville

Robbie Robertson was again sparked by America, old friends on Storyville

Robbie Robertson found another deeply resonant setting for his unique brand of storytelling with ‘Storyville,’ released on Sept. 30, 1991.

The Band’s overlooked, imperfect Cahoots held a few musical treasures

The Band’s overlooked, imperfect Cahoots held a few musical treasures

Released on Sept. 15, 1971, ‘Cahoots’ has always felt like a breakup album. Still, there were notable moments when the Band recaptured the magic.

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

‘Stage Fright,’ issued on August 17, 1970, was the Band’s highest-charting LP. But there’s still much to discover inside these overlooked moments.

Robbie Robertson + Rick Danko, “Hold Back the Dawn” (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson + Rick Danko, “Hold Back the Dawn” (1991): Across the Great Divide

A moving turn by former Band mate Rick Danko gives shape to a yearning at the center of Robbie Robertson’s darkly mysterious “Hold Back the Dawn.”

Garth Hudson on the Band’s influences, Basement Tapes, tragic losses

Garth Hudson on the Band’s influences, Basement Tapes, tragic losses

The Band’s Garth Hudson, celebrating an Aug. 2 birthday, discusses overcoming tragedy, the sounds that inspire, and his love affair with the Lowry.

The Band, “Saved” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Saved” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ critics always say, was no ‘Big Pink.’ As Richard Manuel gleefully crows through ‘Saved,’ you realize it wasn’t meant to be.

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars seemed to come together through happenstance. Unfortunately, they went their separate ways in a similarly random way.

Rick Danko, “Times Like These” from Times Like These (2000): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko, “Times Like These” from Times Like These (2000): Across the Great Divide

When Rick Danko’s posthumous “Times Like These” ends, it’s like coming awake again after a beautiful – if powerfully sad – reverie.

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