Moondog Matinee

The Band releases their fifth album — an album of covers — on October 15, 1974 …

“That was all we could do at the time. We couldn’t get along — we all knew that fairness was a bunch of shit. We all knew we were getting screwed, so we couldn’t sit down and create no more music. ‘Up on Cripple Creek’ and all that stuff was over — all that collaboration was over, and that type of song was all we could do.”

Levon Helm, 2002

Stage Fright

The Band’s third album turns 50 ~ released on August 17, 1970 …

In their 1970 review, Rolling Stone magazine called the album “elusive”. Indeed, Stage Fright has the uncertainty of a record made at a time when the bonds between the band members were being tested by personal and professional frictions. However, as a piece of music it stands the test of time.

Martin Chilton, DiscoverMusic

Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed?

I hope we piss off the right people by changing these words,”  Early James said before Marcus King and his band got rolling alongside him. James went on to deliver a version of the Band’s song with enough key lyrics altered to transform it from an elegy for the Lost Cause to a forceful argument for leaving those lies in the dirt.

Source: Can ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Be Redeemed? – Rolling Stone