If your only exposure to a live performance by The Band is the amazing concert film The Last Waltz, you might want to check out this album, which captures the original group in its final year, but in a much different kind of venue.
The Band: Carter Barron Amphitheater, Washington, D.C. July 17, 1976, reveals a group playing before a crowd of about 4,000 on a summer night.
Bassist/vocalist Rick Danko and the rest of the legendary group (Levon Helm, drums/vocals; Robbie Robertson, guitar/vocals; Richard Manuel, piano/drums/ baritone saxophone/vocals and Garth Hudson, (keyboard instruments/saxophones/ and trumpet) performed a setlist that included covers of “This Wheel’s on Fire” and Marvin Gaye’s “Don’t Do It.” Band classics like “The Weight,” “Ophelia,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “Up on Cripple Creek” are all there, too.
1976 Carter Barron Amphitheater Concert Track List:
- Don’t Do It
- Shape I’m In
- It Makes No Difference
- The Weight
- King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
- Tears of Rage
- Forbidden Fruit
- This Wheel’s on Fire
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- Organ Solo
- Chest Fever
- Up on Cripple Creek
- The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show