The Band poll

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Taking a break from my mainly dominated 2000's release polls, I thought it would be a good time to do a classic.

Poll Results

3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 13
5. Up on Cripple Creek 10
12. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) 5
6. Whispering Pines 3
9. Look Out Cleveland 3
11. The Unfaithful Servant 2
8. Rockin' Chair 2
10. Jawbone 1
1. Across the Great Divide 1
4. When You Awake 1
2. Rag Mama Rag 1
7. Jemima Surrender 0

Bee OK, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 02:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

Who can pick?

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 11 November 2009 02:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

an amazing batch of good songs. have chosen king harvest for its fabulous closure of the album.

nonightsweats, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 07:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dixie, over King Harvest

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 08:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Impossible, but, gun to head.....Cripple Creek

sonofstan, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cripple Creek - one of the funkiest songs by white boys ever.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

gotta go w/ dixie

max, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

i love levon helm

max, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Whispering Pines

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, "Whispering Pines" for me too; I love the double helix vocals in the "standing by the well" part

Yah Kid A (Euler), Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

This going to be about a 6 way tie.

sonofstan, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, for all of Robbie's studied Americana (which is at its best here imo), Whispering Pines kinda takes the cake as far as purely magical music making. It's really what the remainder of the Band albums are missing -- stuff that isn't so fussy and narrative-based. Whereas a lot of Robertson's songs are sort of *looking* at these American archetypes, Whispering Pines actually inhabits them. If that makes any sort of sense.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 14:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

unfaithful servant - danko's voice is really moving

velko, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 18:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

look out cleveland is quite a jam

this record is great

i can't choose

Thanks to ILX for the research and links. (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

crazy thing about this record is how complex it is! every song has way out tricky tempos/weird chord changes ... and yet it sounds a fresh and pure as any old folk music.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

thing with robbie, is that he's the "leader" and main songwriter but he's also the least interesting dude in the band....kinda like westerberg.

Thanks to ILX for the research and links. (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

amazingly, I had never heard this whole thing until a few weeks ago

squarefair (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

did you like it?

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

King Harvest for me.

Jim, Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh I've always dug the Band I've just been lazy about actually getting their catalog.

oddly what spurred this on was the inclusion of "When I Paint My Masterpiece" in "Observe & Report"

squarefair (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 11 November 2009 21:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

I love their live versions of Rag Mama Rag but can't vote for it here. Cripple Creek for me.

that's not my post, Thursday, 12 November 2009 04:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ended up going with "Across The Great Divide" but it really could have been anything, even "Jawbone."

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 12 November 2009 04:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like everything on this album but "Cripple Creek"! But then I think "The Weight" is the worst thing on the 1st album, so what do I know? "Whispering Pines" for me.

I Poxy the Fule (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 November 2009 09:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't know anything here except 'Dixie', and that only from The Last Waltz, but I'm intrigued now - for me The Band are currently forbidden fruits, like Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin once were. Tell me, is 'Rag Mama Rag' a trad/arr job on the tune by Blind Boy Fuller (and no doubt others)? Wikipedia credits it to Robertson.

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 12 November 2009 10:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've never heard the Blind Boy Fuller tune, but I doubt it would be the same, Robbie probb'ly just nicked the title

I Poxy the Fule (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 November 2009 10:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dixie for me but what a collection.

anagram, Thursday, 12 November 2009 12:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dixie off of Last Waltz, but Cripple Creek here

Meatcat (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 13 November 2009 04:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cripple Creek is such a great vocal performance. On more than one occasion i've found myself trying & failing to find something similar.

myndbloom, Friday, 13 November 2009 11:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

not enough love for 'unfaithful servant' (tho' the version on Rock of Ages has a gorgeous gtr solo) or 'rockin' chair'

Ward Fowler, Friday, 13 November 2009 12:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dang! Should have voted for "Rockin' Chair."

Bloggers Might Ride (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 13 November 2009 13:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've just checked this out. Quite unmodish stuff, this - has it been fashionable at any point since punk? It's nice and rich, though - it'll take a bit of work, but I think I could get into it.

On first listen 'Dixie' is the obvious standout. Beautiful tune and lyric, great performances especially the drumming - there's something new happening every second or so, just smashing.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 13 November 2009 22:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

they've been fashionable in indie rock since at least the mid-90s (cf Mercury Rev etc)

the only guy in a feminism lit class called The Women Quest (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 13 November 2009 22:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

wherever there's a dude with a beard playin' guitar, ma, i'll be there

trampa va jamon (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 13 November 2009 22:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

i prefer the last waltz' "dixie"; voting Whispering Pines 'cause i can't seem to find cause to overrule myself

Edgard Varese is god (of music anyways) (outdoor_miner), Friday, 13 November 2009 22:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Helm does sort of sing differently/strangely on the studio take of "Dixie" doesn't he? Think I prefer the live versions more as well.

tylerw, Friday, 13 November 2009 22:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 15 November 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 16 November 2009 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

The correct answer.

My CD copy of this album (2000 reissue) has a bunch of eminently lame and forgettable alternate takes tacked on the end. A classic example of too many extras doing a disservice to the original.

anagram, Monday, 16 November 2009 08:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh man, the outtake "Get Up Jake" is right now my favorite thing on here.

Yah Kid A (Euler), Monday, 16 November 2009 08:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah wld def take get up jake over jawbone or jemima surrender

Ward Fowler, Monday, 16 November 2009 10:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah Get Up Jake is sweeeet. The alt of Whispering Pines is kinda nice too, with Richard's studio chatter. Glad that someone voted for When You Awake -- the sleeper of the album, imo.

tylerw, Monday, 16 November 2009 15:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

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