Post Tagged with: "Rick Danko"

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

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

Chasing down “Get Up Jake,” this dollop of hilarious country funk that outlines a crew’s failed attempts to rouse a boozy womanizing deckhand, is every bit as difficult as divining the concrete narrative on knotty fables like “The Weight.”

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Blind Willie McTell” from Jericho (1993)

That this song, a legendary outtake from Bob Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels, heralded the Band’s long-hoped-for return to the studio was fitting.

Across the Great Divide: Rick Danko with Garth Hudson, “New Mexicoe” from Rick Danko (1977)

Across the Great Divide: Rick Danko with Garth Hudson, “New Mexicoe” from Rick Danko (1977)

The museful accordion of Garth Hudson on Rick Danko’s “New Mexicoe” heralds not just an important partial reunion for the post-Robbie Robertson Band, but one of the most notable lost gems from their combined solo careers.

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

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

An album that underscored their growing individualization ends with one last blazing reminder of the way the Band’s voices once intertwined, the way their music provided a transportive solace, the way they once were — and sadly, it seems, never were again.

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

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

The Band had every right to this song, after what happened on that ill-fated night of April 17, 1969 at Bill Graham’s Winterland concert space in San Francisco.

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

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

“Time to Kill” found the Band — even as they went out into the world to face the mythos they had created in their initial sepia-toned absence — celebrating a bucolic world left behind.

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

While “It’s Makes No Difference” is commonly understood to be Rick Danko’s career peak as a vocalist, “The Unfaithful Servant” is in many ways just as observant, and maybe more interesting.

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

Not much, thus far into the Band’s official discography, had hinted at the lip-busting brawn of their early work with Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan — until this. “Look Out Cleveland” is a round-house punch

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

A triumph of narrative balance, “When You Awake” features the voice of a small boy in the verse and his grandfather’s response in the chorus. It perhaps could only work within a performance by Rick Danko

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “This Wheel’s On Fire” from Music from Big Pink (1968)

Building off Ezekiel’s biblical vision, “This Wheel’s On Fire” recalls — more than any other track on Music from Big Pink — the collaborative setting between the Band and Bob Dylan