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

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

The Band’s ‘Stage Fright,’ it seems, could only have ended in one of two ways: Damnation or salvation. “The Rumor” seems to represent the latter.

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): Across the Great Divide

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

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, “The Shape I’m In” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Shape I’m In” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

“The Shape I’m In,” despite its galloping cadence, finds the Band’s Robbie Robertson desperately attempting to reach out to the badly faltering Richard Manuel.

The Band, “Just Another Whistle Stop” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Just Another Whistle Stop” from Stage Fright (1970): Across the Great Divide

A song of dimly lit, strange salvation, “Just Another Whistle Stop” is a gem worth digging up for those who rarely get past the Band’s first two albums.

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

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

The Band begin turning away from the enveloping narrative worlds that defined their first albums to deal with the very real issues of their lives.

The Band, “King Harvest” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “King Harvest” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm once summed up the place that “King Harvest” occupies: “It was like: There, that’s the Band.”

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

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

After a mirage of an intro, “Jawbone” – one of the most underrated moments on ‘The Band’ – catches a shambolic groove .

The Band, “Rockin’ Chair” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Rockin’ Chair” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

That a group of men in their 20s, as the Band were at this moment, could say so much about the pull of old ways remains simply remarkable.

The Band, “Jemima Surrender” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Jemima Surrender” from The Band (1969): Across the Great Divide

A lip-smacking, knuckle-dragging hoot, The Band’s “Jemima Surrender” won’t win any awards for cosmopolitan thinking, but it couldn’t be more fun.

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