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Forgotten series: Bobby Charles – Bobby Charles (1972)

Sometimes known as the lost Band album, ‘Bobby Charles’ is an overlooked treasure of roots rock.

John Simon on the Band, fixing The Last Waltz and taking credit: Something Else! Interview

John Simon on the Band, fixing The Last Waltz and taking credit: Something Else! Interview

Producer John Simon, so intimately involved in the genesis of the Band, has a unique perspective.

The Band, “W.S. Walcott Medicine Show” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “W.S. Walcott Medicine Show” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

Away from the Band’s circus-like chorus of characters, from faith healers to woman stealers, there’s something else going on here.

The Band, “Strawberry Wine” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Strawberry Wine” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s “Strawberry Wine” heralds a layered, endlessly fascinating project that could only have come from a moment of deep conflict.

The Band, “The Unfaithful Servant” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Unfaithful Servant” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

While “It’s Makes No Difference” is commonly understood to be Rick Danko’s career peak as a vocalist, “The Unfaithful Servant” is maybe more interesting.

Jim Weider, guitarist with the Band: Something Else! Interview

Jim Weider, guitarist with the Band: Something Else! Interview

Woodstock native Jim Weider got to live out a musician’s dream, having been a fan of the Band at the turn of the 1970s before eventually them from 1985-99.

The Band, “Rag Mama Rag” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Rag Mama Rag” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

A cross between a Memphis blues and a Storyville saloon romp, “Rag Mama Rag” showed the Band’s complete grasp of American song styles.

The Band, “This Wheel’s On Fire” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “This Wheel’s On Fire” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

“This Wheel’s On Fire” recalls, more than any other track on ‘Music from Big Pink,’ the collaborative setting between the Band and Bob Dylan.

The Band, “Chest Fever” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Chest Fever” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s “Chest Fever” starts out as Bach, then it becomes midnight funky – and that’s all before anybody but Garth Hudson does a thing.

The Band, “To Kingdom Come” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “To Kingdom Come” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

After reaching across generations on the solemn and startling “Tears of Rage,” the Band leapt into a rambling groove on “To Kingdom Come.”