Various Artists

Canadian group (o.k. four out of five members were Canadian) The Band stopped recording in 1978 when lead singer Robbie Robertson left to go solo, but their influence on the music community is even felt by today's generation of musicians. Because their music was seen as steeped in Americana, musical acts from our neighbours south of the border have always loved the band. Surprisingly these 17 songs covered largely by young artists is the first tribute album recorded for this influential band. Jack Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Death Cab for Cutie, and Widespread Panic all contribute cover numbers along with veteran musicians like Bruce Hornsby, Roseanne Cash and Blues Traveler. What is remarkable about the album is how like the originals these songs sound…but I do not mean in a good way. There is no attempted reinterpretation or freshness brought to the over 30-year-old music. The album makes you appreciate how well The Band played their own music.

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