Listen to Eric Clapton’s jam session With Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Band and more.. in 1976 (62 min audio)

I had a magnificent birthday party right in the middle of the sessions and we decided to record everything and everybody that came into the studio. There’s Billy (Preston) singing a couple of Ray Charles songs with The Band backing him along with Jesse Ed Davis, me, Robbie (Robertson) and Woody (Ron Wood) on guitars. Bob (Dylan) showed up about eight o’clock in the morning and it went on from there
-Eric Clapton


Great fun & some wonderful singing by Van Morrison, Rick Danko, Bob Dylan & Levon Helm.

Shangri-La Studios
Malibu, California
30 March 1976
Eric Claptons birthday

  • Eric Clapton
  • Robbie Robertson, guitar
  • Jesse Ed Davis, guitar
  • Ron Wood, guitar
  • Bob Dylan, vocals/guitar
  • Billy Preston, vocals/keyboards
  • Van Morrison, vocals
  • Rick Danko, vocals/bass
  • Garth Hudson, organ
  • Richard Manuel, vocals/piano
  • Levon Helm, vocals/drums


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August 31: Bob Dylan & The Band at Isle of Wight 1969 (videos)

It’s a good Dylan performance, not a great one, but very interesting in view of the silences that precede and follow it, and much more alive and spirited than his studio performances at this time.
–>Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist 1960-73)

Woodside Bay
Near Ryde, Isle Of Wight, England
31 August 1969

  • Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal)
  • Robbie Robertson (guitar)
  • Richard Manuel (piano)
  • Garth Hudson (organ)
  • Rick Danko (bass)
  • Levon Helm (drums)

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Classic concert: The Band live in Tokyo Japan 1983

This is a great show from Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan 1983! (september 1st, or maybe 2nd…)

From about 1983 until 1986, The Band consisted of original members Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, along with the four members of Fayetteville Arkansas’s Cate Brothers Band, Earl and Ernie Cate, Ron Eoff, and Terry Cagle. Terry is Levon’s nephew and plays and sings a lot like his Uncle Levon. Earl and Ernie play keys and amazing guitar, respectively. Ernie is a soulful singer. Ron is an accomplished bassist, and his presence allowed Rick Danko to play some acoustic guitar and fiddle, just as having Terry Cagle on drums freed Levon to play mandolin some.
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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live performances from the year 1974

Being on tour is like being in limbo. It’s like going from nowhere to nowhere.
~Bob Dylan to John Rockwell, Jan 1974

I’m not a huge fan of the 74 Tour, but it had its moments.

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date January 3, 1974
End date February 14, 1974
Legs 1
No. of shows 40

The Bob Dylan and the Band 1974 Tour – often referred to as Tour ’74 – was a two-month concert tour in early 1974 that featured Bob Dylan, in his first real tour in eight years, performing with The Band.
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July 1: The Band Released “Music From Big Pink” in 1968

This album was recorded in approximately two weeks. There are people who will work their lives away in vain and not touch it.
-Al kooper

Bob Dylan contributed “I Shall Be Released” and co-wrote two other tunes. But it was the rustic beauty of the Band’s music and the drama of their own reflections on family and obligations, on songs such as “The Weight,” that made Big Pink an instant homespun classic.
rollingstone.com

Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre.
allmusic.com

..the debut album from the Band made roots music sound as impressionistic and idiosyncratic as any other kind of rock’n’roll. It was revolutionary.
pitchfork

The Weight:

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August 2: Happy Birthday Eric Garth Hudson

Hudson was just as crucial to the very different sounds made in the Basement the year afterwards: especially since in large part it was Garth who tape-recorded those unique, informal sessions, and had the sense to look after, afterwards, all the dozens of unknown-about extra ones beyond those of immediate interest to Dylan’s music publisher, and which only began to circulate decades later.

Hudson was also the musicians’ musician—and actually gave the other Hawks music lessons—and when the Hawks became the Crackers became The Band, he was the multi-instrumentalist supreme in a group of multi-instrumentalists. If The Band introduced a small orchestra’s worth of olde worlde instruments to mainstream rock music, it was Hudson who had introduced many of them to The Band.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

Members of The Band Accept Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award at 1994 Inductions:

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