Another classic turns 50 years old….THE BAND released their debut LP “Music …
Written by megarock on July 1, 2018
Another classic turns 50 years old….
THE BAND released their debut LP “Music from Big Pink” on July 1, 1968. The LP got its name because most of the music was composed in “Big Pink”, a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York. The album itself was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968.
The initial critical reception to the album was positive, though sales were slim; Al Kooper’s rave review of the LP in Rolling Stone helped to draw public attention to it (even though Rolling Stone referred to them as “The band from Big Pink” instead of just The Band). The fact that Bob Dylan wrote one, and co-wrote two, of the songs on the album also attracted attention.
In 1968, the single “The Weight” peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart in the US. The song was a bigger hit elsewhere, peaking at #35 in Canada, and #21 in the UK. The album peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart in 1968. “The Weight” gained widespread popularity, from The Band’s performance of it at Woodstock in 1969 and due partially to its inclusion in the film Easy Rider, though it was omitted from the soundtrack due to licensing issues.
Once people became more familiar with The Band, people started to call this one of the most important albums of a generation. We agree.
Happy 50th Birthday to “Music From Big Pink”!!! How many of you were familiar with this LP prior to seeing The Band in the Woodstock movie?