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Rolling Stone Sep 29, 2012
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34. Music From Big Pink, The Band, Capitol, 1968

“Big Pink” was a pink house in Woodstock, New York, where the Band ”“ Bob Dylan’s ’65-’66 backup band on tour ”“ moved to be near Dylan after his motorcycle accident. While he recuperated, the Band backed him on the demos later known as The Basement Tapes and made their own debut. Dylan offered to play on the album; the Band said no thanks. “We didn’t want to just ride his shirttail,” drummer Levon Helm said. Dylan contributed “I Shall Be Released” and co-wrote two other tunes. But it was the rustic beauty of the Band’s music and the drama of their own reflections on family and obligations, on songs such as “The Weight,” that made Big Pink an instant homespun classic.

 

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