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Number 212

The Band - Music from Big Pink (Capitol ST 2955)

I've never been able to decide what appeals to me most, whether it's the music that The Band made in the late 1960s or the idea of five musicians hanging out together and making music in a pink house in upstate New York. Music From Big Pink was actually recorded in both Los Angeles and New York studios but the songs themselves were pretty much written and worked up in that little house, the house whose basement was used by Bob Dylan to record the songs that eventually emerged as The Basement Tapes in 1975, although acetates of the songs had been circulating in bootleg form for quite some time. Music from Big Pink marked the start of the critically acclaimed career of The Band, formerly known as The Hawks, and whose work influenced generations of musicians to come.