In this moment, the Band’s Richard Manuel sounds whole again, entirely present, a world away from the fading figure depicted in ‘The Last Waltz.’
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The Band appeared to be turning toward a kind of modernity that might clear the way for new explorations. But night was, indeed, falling.
Richard Manuel shows one final time why Rick Danko and Levon Helm always saw him as the Band’s true frontman.
This isn’t the broken-down Richard Manuel of lore. Instead, the Band’s lost legend sings ‘The Great Pretender’ with a palpable hunger.
Even lesser-known tracks continue to yield important insights, decades later.
With “Endless Highway,” there remains this profound sense of unfinished business.
Richard Manuel, and this is so sad, was on to something at the end.
Filled with depthless longing, “Share Your Love” gave this album an emotional center.
And so the reflective ‘Northern Lights-Southern Cross’ ends, so full of promises.
Each word, as conveyed by a transcendent Richard Manuel, arrives like a gut punch.