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Old 02-24-2000, 12:14 PM   #1
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In addition to being a huge Lightfoot fan, I also like the music of 'The Band'. I have often thought that a Gordon Lightfoot rendition of Acadian Driftwood would be enjoyable.

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Old 03-17-2000, 05:07 PM   #2
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Hi potter,

Shamefully, I admit I don't know 'The Band'.

Is there any specific album you would recommend to start with?

Maybe an anthology?
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Old 03-17-2000, 06:11 PM   #3
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Okay Florian. The Band consisted of Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm. For a good majority of the 60s they backed up Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan. Find out more at http://www-2.roughguides.com/rock/index.html

The best place to begin is by buying the albums Music From Big Pink and The Band.

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Old 03-18-2000, 05:03 AM   #4
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Florian

Make your first purchase
'The Band'1969

If you like that
Go down the following order

Music from Big Pink 1968
Stage fright 1970
Northern lights, Southern Cross 1975

The latter may be hard to find but it is available on Japenese import.

Unless you become a real fan
Avoid
Cahoots 1971
Islands 1977

I wouldn't recommend a greatest hits or anthology with The Band.
They are an albums band, {Pardon the pun}
I hope this helps.
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Old 03-18-2000, 03:26 PM   #5
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I was thinking. In addition to being a major fan of Gordon Lightfoot I am also a huge Neil Young fan. I was listening to Neil earlier and I was thinking that it would be good if Gord were to cover "Like A Hurricane" or "Old Man" or "Star Of Bethlehem"
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Old 03-22-2000, 03:07 PM   #6
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Hi Lightfoot678,
Hi Frank v,

Thank you for your suggestions.
I will order the following CD's:

1. The Band (1969) and
2. Music from Big Pink (1968).

and if I don't like what I hear, I will make potter and both of you responsible.

(just joking ).
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Old 03-22-2000, 04:00 PM   #7
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Florian - for your enlightenment:

"The Band" have also backed Bob Dylan (there is a great live album called "Before the Flood"). In later days Robbie Roberston has not only become a moderately successful solo artist but has also produced some of Neil Diamondīs best work like the 1976 "Beautiful Noise" album.

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Old 03-30-2000, 10:50 PM   #8
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Thanks for the many responses. Isn't it funny that I am also a Neil Young fan. Wow! My latest purchase of 'The Band' is a three disc anthology titled 'Across The Great Divide' which consists of two discs, primarily of studio recordings, and one of mostly live stuff. Give it a try.

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Old 04-01-2000, 01:12 AM   #9
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Florian,

Once you've received and had a chance to listen to your CDs, you must let us know what you think!

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Old 04-01-2000, 01:17 AM   #10
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Hi Janice,

I'll do that.
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Old 04-17-2000, 07:05 PM   #11
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Regarding covers I realized another good song for Gord to cover would be "Southern Cross" by Crosby Stills and Nash.

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Old 04-30-2000, 10:08 AM   #12
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Florian,

We haven't heard from you regarding your thoughts on the two CDs of The Band...Does this mean you didn't care for them or you just haven't had time to listen and post??

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Old 04-30-2000, 10:23 AM   #13
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Hi Janice,

I have purchased "The Band (1969)" and "Music from Big Pink (1968)".

I've listened to both CD's and can't say I've made friends with either of them.

Generally, I'm very open minded as far as musical taste goes, but there was not a single song on these CD's that I can honestly say I like.

I'm not much of a music-critic, so my categories are very simple:

1. Gordon Lightfoot
2. Like very much
3. Like
4. Don't mind
5. Don't like
6. better turn it off

I hope I don't step on anybody's toes here, but I rate these two albums category 6.
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Old 04-30-2000, 03:04 PM   #14
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Hi Florian,

I love your categories...you're much more generous then I am. I only have two...that which I like and that which I don't.

As far as The Band goes, I've never been a follower so I'm not really familiar with all of their work. However, I do like a couple of the somgs they've recorded. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Forever Young" are great songs, although I prefer Joan Baez's covers. "Long Black Veil" is another great tune. But there again, I prefer Lefty Frizzell's cover...Hoyt Axton's is good too. I like The Band's version of "Up On Cripple Creek" and I'm quite sure it's because of the long ago memory it invokes everytime I hear it. But that's another story - suffice it to say, the song remembers when...

I'm sorry you didn't like The Band. I hope that doesn't make you hesitant in listening to some of the other suggestions mentioned in the "songwriters" thread.

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