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

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

The Band’s Richard Manuel doesn’t sing this as if telling the story of a man walled off by loneliness; he lives and breathes every bruising syllable.

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

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

“‘Big Pink’ was Sunday morning,” as Robbie Robertson once adroitly put it, “and ‘The Band’ Saturday night.”

The Band, “I Shall Be Released” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “I Shall Be Released” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

Conveyed with breakable beauty by Richard Manuel, “I Shall Be Released” concludes the Band’s Music from Big Pink like a moment in miniature.

The Band, “Lonesome Suzie” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Lonesome Suzie” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s “Lonesome Suzie” is a searcher’s tale about trying to find love, and then finally settling with what you’ve got.

The Band, “We Can Talk” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “We Can Talk” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

In some ways, “We Can Talk” is also another perfect distillation of what made – what makes – the Band such an endlessly fascinating study.

The Band, “In a Station” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “In a Station” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

If the Band’s “Tears of Rage” showed how desperately lonesome he could be, “In a Station” finds Richard Manuel opening up his whole heart.

The Band, “Tears of Rage” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Tears of Rage” from Music from Big Pink (1968): Across the Great Divide

“Tears of Rage” quickly established the Band as something entirely different, even before Richard Manuel’s devastating vocal began.

The Band, “Katie’s Been Gone” from The Basement Tapes (1967): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Katie’s Been Gone” from The Basement Tapes (1967): Across the Great Divide

“Katie’s Been Gone” was the first in what would become a series of forlorn triumphs from the Band’s Richard Manuel.

The Band, “Orange Juice Blues” from The Basement Tapes (1968): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Orange Juice Blues” from The Basement Tapes (1968): Across the Great Divide

You hear the Band taking the first step in what would become an endlessly intriguing journey.

Garth Hudson remembers the fallen voices of the Band: ‘We had to return to it, and go on’

Garth Hudson remembers the fallen voices of the Band: ‘We had to return to it, and go on’

The Band’s Garth Hudson passes along personal anecdotes that only a life-long friend could share.

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