I love being a Rock & Roll fan. Although I once owned a guitar and even took a few guitar lessons, there’s no question about it I’m all thumbs and very tone deaf when it comes to music. The Band was one of my favorite groups of the late 60s, but they were truly a band, for they clicked pretty good together without any true standouts.
In the late 70s, the band broke up and the five members took separate routes with some of the musicians continuing to release individual efforts. For a great look at what “The Band” could do, check out the DVD called The Last Waltz. It is a great tribute to five very good musicians, who for, at least a few years, made some great performances and recordings. However, as with any band there are always a few rivalries and petty jealousies and this group of musicians was no exception. Of special note are some of the post-Band sparks that flew between Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm.
To be honest I have been very impressed with with all of Robertson’s solo efforts. I have every CD and plan on obtaining his latest release, which is due to be released next week. It is called “How To Be Clairevoyant” and according to the pre-release buzz the album pulls away from the Native American themes of some of his other releases and delves into the soul of Rock & Roll. Accompanying Mr. Robertson on this musical journey are the likes of Eric Clapton, Trent Reznor, Tom Morello, Steve Winwood, Rocco Deluca and Robert Randolph. The audio CD can be pre-ordered from Amazon or purchased at any place that still sells CDs.