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Monday, 11 July 2011

The Band - Moondog Matinee

Capitol E-SW 11214 (UK issue), released in 1973.  

On this album, The Band pay tribute to their musical origins, when they played all the juke joints in Canada and points South as Ronnie Hawkins' band The Hawks.  With a lot of the tunes being classic Rock 'n' Roll repertoire by the likes of Clarence "Frogman" Henry ("Ain't Got No Home"),  and even a nostalgic look back via Anton Karas' "Third Man Theme", a tune made famous by Elvis written by Sun Records' Sam Phillips and Wm. Parker, Jr., "Mystery Train", one by Allen Toussaint, "Holy Cow", Chuck Berry's "Promised Land", Buck Ram's "The Great Pretender", Fats Domino's "I'm Ready", "Saved" (made famous by Laverne Baker), and written by the great rock tunesmiths Lieber & Stoller, and finishing with Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come", this is a nonpariel collection, in some ways explaining the origins of the music of The Band. 

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