I'm now the proud owner of all The Band's albums (Capitol Records). They're my most 'listened to' artist in the last six months. And listening to every one of their records have often been transcendent experiences. Here's how I ranked them:
1. The Band (1969)
As far as 'musical collectiveness' is concerned, this is the greatest album ever made.
2. Northern Lights - Southern Cross (1975)
Their last truly cohesive record before they decided to call it quits.
3. Music From The Big Pink (1968)
A strong debut, organically rich in Americana.
4. Stage Fright (1970)
The band at their most personal.
5. Moondog Matinee (1973)
More than a collection of covers, this was a tribute to some of rock & roll music's lost treasure. They made these songs very much their own.
6. Islands (1977)
Not a proper album per say, but more of a compilation of B-sides and stuff that had been sitting around for a few years.
7. Cahoots (1971)
Definitely their weakest album, but a commendable effort considering its experimental nature, with some flashes of brilliance scattered throughout.
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