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

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

Coming as it did during a fallow creative period for the Band, the covers-focused Moondog Matinee could be fairly seen as a placekeeper album — an aperitif before the next statement of purpose. But it wasn’t without its moments of creative and emotional spark

Across the Great Divide: The Band + Emmylou Harris, “Evangeline” from The Last Waltz (1978)

Across the Great Divide: The Band + Emmylou Harris, “Evangeline” from The Last Waltz (1978)

There could have been no more perfect moment for Emmylou Harris’ timelessly lonesome sound to intertwine with Rick Danko’s and Levon Helm’s, as the Band relays the horror of a riverboat settling to the bottom of Big Muddy.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Get Up Jake” from Rock of Ages (1972)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Get Up Jake” from Rock of Ages (1972)

Chasing down “Get Up Jake,” this dollop of hilarious country funk that outlines a crew’s failed attempts to rouse a boozy womanizing deckhand, is every bit as difficult as divining the concrete narrative on knotty fables like “The Weight.”

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993)

That this song, a legendary outtake from Bob Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels, heralded the Band’s long-hoped-for return to the studio was fitting.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “When I Paint My Masterpiece” from Cahoots (1971)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “When I Paint My Masterpiece” from Cahoots (1971)

The introduction of a new studio to experiment with might have felt like a happy challenge for another Band, in another place. Instead, Albert Grossman’s just-opened Bearsville facility ended up feeling, as Robbie Robertson once said, “too bright and cold.” Much of the music on 1971′s Cahoots, to be honest, did too

Across the Great Divide: Levon Helm, “Kingfish” from Electric Dirt (2009)

Across the Great Divide: Levon Helm, “Kingfish” from Electric Dirt (2009)

This absurdly fun street parade of song finds Levon Helm winking and growling through a darkly humorous lyric about the galvanizing rule of Huey Long in Depression-era Louisiana.

‘They hear it and it’s perfect’: Warren Haynes says the Band played key role in shaping new Gov’t Mule album

‘They hear it and it’s perfect’: Warren Haynes says the Band played key role in shaping new Gov’t Mule album

Warren Haynes learned a lot about one of his fellow performers at Love for Levon, the concert celebration of the life and music of the Band’s Levon Helm.

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

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

An album that underscored their growing individualization ends with one last blazing reminder of the way the Band’s voices once intertwined, the way their music provided a transportive solace, the way they once were — and sadly, it seems, never were again.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Daniel and the Sacred Harp” from Stage Fright (1970)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Daniel and the Sacred Harp” from Stage Fright (1970)

After a series of twilit ruminations, and very dire warnings, about the Band’s new rock-star lifestyle late into Stage Fright, perhaps this utterly scarifying parable was all but inevitable.

‘We seem to be losing friends by the day’: Graham Nash’s touching tribute to Levon Helm

Graham Nash performed “Back Home,” a deeply emotional tribute to the Band’s Levon Helm, last night on Talks Music