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Below is a list of recommended CD's and videos by The Band.
Live CD's  |  Compilations

Live at the Academy Of Music 1971 - Sept. 2013

The Band: A Musical History - released September 27, 2005 

Bob Dylan and The Band collaborations

Endless Highway: The Music of The Band - Release date 1/30/07 - While most tribute album's aren't worthwhile, this one is excellent. - Order

Related page, Dylan and the Dead: The Band Connection

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The Band - Studio 

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Music_FromThe_Big_Pink_The BandMusic From The Big Pink  
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Brown_Album_The_BandThe Band 
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Stage_Fright_The_BandStage Fright  
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Moondog Matinee - The_BandMoondog Matinee  
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RockofAges_The_BandRock of Ages
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Live at the Academy Of Music 1971

Live at the Academy Of Music 1971 Live at the Academy Of Music 1971 
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The_Last_Waltz_The_BandThe Last Waltz
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Last Waltz Box SetThe Last Waltz Box Set
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Before_The_Flood_Bob_Dylan_and_The_BandBefore The Flood ('74 )
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Bob Dylan and the Band: Live 1966Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Vol. 4 ('66)
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Greatest_Hit_The_BandGreatest Hits 
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Greatest Hits
1 discs
To Kingdom Come
2 discs
Across The Great Divide
3 discs
A Music History
5 CD's 1 DVD
   

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Endless HighwayEndless Highway 
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Band related Web-sites

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The Band This is jammed packed with information.
Sessions A list of the Band's recording sessions compiled by Compiled by Luigi Cesari.
Ed Wolpov  Ed Wolpov has photos of The Band and other musical artists taken between 1969 and 1972 at various New York City venues. 
Last Waltz Review SF Chronicle review.
The Band Lyrics A site with lyrics to The Band and numerous other bands. 
Cousin Moe Levon played drums on Jeff Alexander's blues related CD that has received great reviews.
MGM  Information about the Last Waltz DVD reissue release from the producer of the film.
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A brief  bio of The Band   

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The Band is an extremely talented group of five musicians, four from Canada and one from the United States; each capable of playing multiple instruments. Their music was able to uniquely incorporate guitars, fiddles, mandolins, horns, piano, organ, and three vocalists into a rock and roll sound.  The members of The Band and their primary instruments are:

Levon Helm (vocals, guitar, mandolin, drums)
Robbie Robertson (vocals, guitar)
Rick Danko (vocals, violin, trombone, bass)
Richard Manuel (vocals, harmonica, baritone saxophone, piano, drums)
Garth Hudson (accordion, soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones, trumpet, piano, organ, Clavinet)

The Band, was originally a back-up outfit for Ronnie Hawkins in the early 1960's and they called themselves The Hawks. After striking out on their own they renamed themselves The Band. Prior to releasing their first album, they toured with Dylan in 1965 and '66. After, Dylan and The Band wrote a bunch of music in the Woodstock, NY area that would later become The Basement Tapes. Their career lasted till Thanksgiving Day 1976 when they performed their still talked about farewell performance, The Last Waltz.

Another famous live performance featuring The Band was the a triple billing with the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead at Watkins Glens, NY, August 28, 1973. They anticipated attendance of the concert was approximately 150,000, but 600,000 music fans showed up. The Watkins Glen performance was their first concert since December 31, 1971, where they recorded of Rock of Ages.

The Band's best music was put out on their first three releases, Music From the Big Pink, The Band, and Stage Fright.  For casual fans their Greatest Hits may suffice to cover their studio tracks. Alternatively, they released three box sets To Kingdom Come (2 discs), Across the Great Divide (3 discs), and A Music History
5 CD's 1 DVD. The Band is quite good live and they left a few treasures behind. You can't go wrong with any of them.

Bob Dylan and The Band
The Band backed up Bob Dylan in the studio and live for his 1966 and 1974 tours. There are four primary releases of their collaboration. In the studio, The Basement Tapes, and Planet Waves, and live Before the Flood , and Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live at the Royal Albert Hall.  Of them, the live releases are both exceptional. The studio albums are worthwhile, especially Planet Waves, but both Bob Dylan and The Band have better studio albums. 

Non-primary releases of their collaboration include:
Bob Dylan's box set 

Release Notes
Biograph 

Songs with the Band, live and studio
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (3.32) (single - 12/65)

I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Have Never Met) (5.19) (live, unreleased version - 5/6/66)

Million Dollar Bash [2.31] (The Basement Tapes)

Quinn The Eskimo (2.17) (unreleased version - 7/67)

You Angel You (2.52) (Planet Waves)

On A Night Like This (2.55) (Planet Waves)

Most Likely You Go Your Way (3.27) (Before The Flood)

All Along The Watchtower (3.03) (Before The Flood)

Songs performed during Dylan's solo set on the Dylan and The Band tour

Visions of Johanna (7.31) (live, unreleased version - 5/26/66)

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (5.41) (live, unreleased version - 5/17/66)

Other
Forever Young (2.02) (unreleased version - 6/73)

Biograph is not chronological order. Throughout its three discs there are live performances from 1966 and 1974, both with The Band, and Dylan's solo sets. There are also studio tracks from The Basement Tapes period from 1967 and the Planet Waves album, and even a track with The Hawks from 1965. 

Also worth noting is also a version of "Forever Young," a track that first appeared on Planet Waves, that appears in a solo format here. In addition, Dylan's version of "I shall Be Released," that he recorded for Greatest Hits Vol. 2, a song they played together often and The Band made their own.

I grouped the songs into categories and listed them by date.

The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 - 3 

I'll Keep It With Mine (3:38)
(rehearsal in studio - 1/27/66)

w/ Robertson and Danko from The Band (also Dylan, Al Kooper on keyboards, and Bobby Gregg on drums)

w/ The Band

She's Your Lover Now (6:08)
(outtake from the album Blonde On Blonde - 1/21/66)

I Shall Be Released (3:54)
(outtake from the album The Basement Tapes - Fall 1967)

Sante-Fe (2:08)
(outtake from the album The Basement Tapes - Fall 1967)

Nobody 'Cept You (2:39)
(outtake from the album Planet Waves - 11/2/73)

The song credits are straight forward.
The Bootleg Series 7  


Visions of Johanna [alternate take, [Blonde On Blonde]11/30/65

Live
Ballad of a Thin Man 5/20/66

Like a Rolling Stone 5/17/66
(previously released)

 

Also worth noting is the version of "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat," which was a staple of their 1966 sets is performed with Michael Bloomfield and others.
The Last Waltz

Box set edition
Baby Let Me Follow You Down
Hazel
I Don't Believe You
Forever Young
Baby Let Me Follow You Down
I Shall Be Released - (Add Ron Wood and Ringo Star)
All editions of The Last Waltz (regular, Box-set, and DVD) include a lengthy Dylan set, the box includes "Hazel." 
Rock of Ages Expanded

Dec. 31  
Down in the Flood 
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Don't Ya Tell Henry 
Like a Rolling Stone
Four songs from the encore of The Band's 12/31/71, performance at the Academy of Arts in NY. 
Self Portrait

Like a Rolling Stone
Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)
Minstrel Boy
She Belongs to Me

Four tracks from Isle of Wright, 8/31/1969. 
Bob Dylan Live 1961 - 2000

I Don't Believe You (1966)
Grand Coulee Dam (1968)
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (1974)

A Japanese Import. It is available in the U.S., but it is usually expensive. It is pretty good if you're looking for a sampler of live Dylan.
A Music History

Disc 1
15. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (single version) - 
16. Tell Me, Momma (live 5/14/66, The Odeon, Liverpool) [track previously unissued]
17. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (live 5/14/66, The Odeon, Liverpool) (mono)[track previously unissued on LP (in the U.S.) or CD]
22. Odds And Ends - Bob Dylan & The Band

Disc 2
3. Don't Ya Tell Henry - Bob Dylan & The Band
14. I Ain't Got No Home (live 1/20/68, Carnegie Hall, NYC)

Disc 5
4. Forever Young -
5. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (live 2/13/74, The Forum, Inglewood, CA) - Bob Dylan & The Band 
6. Highway 61 Revisited (live 1/31/74, Madison Square Garden, NYC) 
[track previously unissued]

The Band's five disc box set includes lots of material with Bob Dylan and the Band, both previously released and some heard heard first. 

Other:
Levon Helm, May 26, 1940 -- Apr 19, 2012 - Yahoo News
Rick Danko died in his sleep at his home in Woodstock on December 10, 1999.
Richard Manuel died in 1986.

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