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  • [New] Band: self-titled

Band: self-titled [New]

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The Band's second LP is often regarded as the most "classic" of its classic albums


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After turning heads aplenty just one year earlier with the complete disregard for contemporary tide and trend displayed on 1968's Music From Big Pink, the Band - now well distanced from the shadows of former employers Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan - grew more focussed in its ambitions on a self-titled follow-up that moved even more confidently in its own, rustic orbit than the predecessor. With guitarist Robbie Robertson taking the reins as chief songwriter, the four-fifths Canadian outfit indulges in a peculiar lyrical obsession with old-time rural America here and gives the music a similarly unstuck-in-time feel, alternating between sad-eyed folk tunes like "Whispering Pines" and ramshackle barn-dance rave-ups like "Up On Cripple Creek" and "Rag Mama Rag." The Band made several records regarded as classics, but The Band tends to be the one that comes up most.

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