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

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

This isn’t the broken-down Richard Manuel of lore. Instead, the Band’s lost legend sings ‘The Great Pretender’ with a palpable hunger.

The Band, featuring Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson

Deep Cuts from the Band’s Self-Titled 1969 Masterpiece: Gimme Five

Even lesser-known tracks continue to yield important insights, decades later.

The Band, “Endless Highway” from Before the Flood (1974): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Endless Highway” from Before the Flood (1974): Across the Great Divide

With the Band’s “Endless Highway,” there remains this profound sense of unfinished business.

The Band, “Country Boy” from Jericho (1993): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Country Boy” from Jericho (1993): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s Richard Manuel, and this is so sad, was on to something at the end.

The Band, “Share Your Love [With Me]” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Share Your Love [With Me]” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

Filled with depthless longing, the Band’s take on “Share Your Love” gave this album an emotional center.

The Band, “Rags and Bones” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Rags and Bones” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s reflective ‘Northern Lights-Southern Cross’ ends, so full of promises.

The Band, “Hobo Jungle” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Hobo Jungle” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975): Across the Great Divide

Each word, as conveyed by a transcendent the Band’s Richard Manuel, arrives like a gut punch.

Remembering Richard Manuel (1943-86): Across the Great Divide

Remembering Richard Manuel (1943-86): Across the Great Divide

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.

The Band, “4% Pantomime” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “4% Pantomime” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

On an album that so often feels overcooked and too careful, the Band’s sloshy, gospel-gone-wrong of “4% Pantomime” lets it all hang down.

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

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

“Get Up Jake” initially got left off 1969’s ‘The Band,’ apparently because it sounded too much of a piece.

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