The Band - Moondog Matinee

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By 1973, the Band were at a crossroads. Having summed up the first phase of their recording career with the Rock of Ages concert recording, Robbie Robertson flirted with an ambitious project inspired by Polish composer Krzystof Penderecki. But instead of forging ahead into uncharted territory, the quintet opted to hearken back to their roadhouse days with an album that renovated oldies associated with the likes of Clarence "Frogman" Henry, the Platters, and Fats Domino.

Given that Robertson's originals were no longer coming as fast and true as they had before, a covers collection was a wise move. After all, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Richard Manuel were all vocalists who could tackle classics from the canons of Chuck Berry ("The Promised Land"), Bobby "Blue" Bland ("Share Your Love"), and Sam Cooke ("A Change Is Gonna Come") without straining under the weight of the originals.

Heavyweight vinyl pressed by Capitol Records.

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