Richard Manuel shows one final time why Rick Danko and Levon Helm always saw him as the Band’s true frontman.
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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.
For a brief moment, as the Band’s career officially got underway on 1968’s Music from Big Pink, Richard Manuel held the spotlight completely. “Tears of Rage” was enough to convince anyone of his anguished genius.
On an album that so often feels overcooked and too careful, the sloshy, gospel-gone-wrong of “4% Pantomime” lets it all hang down. That kind of loose camaraderie from the Band, so natural at first but by this point becoming an ever-more-rare occasion, was sorely missing elsewhere on 1971’s Cahoots.