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The Band: The Weight

Though they have a rich and memorable list of songs to their credit, if you had to pick just one to sum up the Band, it might be the one inspired by the work of Spanish film director, Luis Bunuel. Robbie Robertson points out the director’s films were oftentimes about sainthood and people trying to be good and do the right thing in their everyday lives. Robbie set out to write a song that would be the musical equivalent of that. He wrote the story of a traveler who was making his way in the world, coming across all sorts of people, asking them for favors: could you watch my dog, can you say hi to this person, can you keep this person company? The lyrics are truly great! But one might argue it’s actually the vocal performances of drummer Levon Helm and bassist Rick Danko that carry the weight of the song. Ultimately, the two in question would become the first charting single for the Band, and would come in at  #41 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time. So, take a load off, and listen to “The Weight.”

– Jeff Woods, “Legends of Classic Rock” Q107 Toronto

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19, Toronto, Canada The best way to describe myself would be to list my favorite music. Metallica, Alice in Chains, Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young), Tom Petty, The Band, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers Band, Pantera, Joe Walsh, Soundgarden, The Clash, CCR, The Byrds, The Animals, Buffalo Springfield, Cream, Anthrax, White Zombie, Mother Love Bone, Rob Zombie, Deep Purple, The Police, English Beat, Alice Cooper, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Traveling Wilburys, Sex Pistols, The Flying Burrito Brothers, etc...

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