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.”
Bob Dylan plays Carnegie Hall in New York City. He played a solo set and then introduced his new backup band – Rick Danko on bass; Robbie Robertson on guitar; Garth Hudson on the organ; Richard Manuel on piano and Levon Helm on drums. From then they would be known simply as – The Band.
“The Band” is released. The album ended up in the National Recording Registry for being – among other things – ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflecting life in the United States.’ And, it’s #45 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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.
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.