Monday, May 17, 2010
Fifteen Fantasy Island Favorites
Music From Big Pink (1968) by The Band
I was familiar with Bob Dylan and knew about his back-up band which went by the name The Band. I had a greatest hits album by Dylan and was familiar with Dylan's work primarily through the many cover versions other artists had recorded. I was not a huge Dylan fan and was not particularly anxious to obtain the Band's album. However, when I saw the cover on the record rack I was so intrigued by the pink house and the simple album title in big letters. I got it because of the way the cover looked, but when I listened to the music I was hooked. This is rootsy, bluesy rock that is the heart of Americana. It's like New Orleans meets Appalachia meets Canada and records in a pink house in upstate New York. The music is at times mournful, apprehensive, joyous, and dreamlike. It's one of my all time favorite albums that I go back to repeatedly.