Levon was the only member actually from the US, the other guys were from Canada. Odd that a Canadian would write music songs so distinctly "American".
|Levon with Steven Seagal in "The Fire Below", actually not a bad movie.|
It took me getting into Robbie Robertson's first solo album in the 80's to start to go back and dig deeper into their catalog.
Some stuff I really like and some stuff is still too "Rural" for me, other stuff is too "New Orleans jazz" sounding.
Here are five I recommend (besides the obvious hits).
The Band "Don't you Do It"
In the 90's The Band, minus Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel, staged a pretty good comeback. Their "Jericho" album was quite good. It included this great version of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City"
The Band "Atlantic City"
The follow-up to "Jericho", "High on the Hog", was not as good and quite spotty.
This cover of the R&B song from EnVogue is kind of humorous and funky.
The Band "Free Your Mind"
I like some of their late period stuff from the first go-round of the group
The Band "Living in a Dream"
The Band "Forbidden Fruit"
Another gem from the "Jericho" comeback album. Has a kind of inspired gospel feel.
The Band "Shine the Light"
some stuff from Levon's early solo work following the dissolution of the Band
and Levon on Drums and drumming