Picks and Pans Review: Across the Great Divide
Though there have been other worthy compilations of the Band's music, just the last CD of this thorough, three-disc set alone makes it worth buying this one. The CD features early, mostly unreleased tracks, including the hilariously primitive version of "Do the Honky Tonk" when the group was called Levon Helm & the Hawks and drew heavily from blues influences like Howlin' Wolf. And five tracks recorded at Watkins Glen, N.Y., in 1975 capture the secret of their success: each member could express his distinctive style, yet the group still played together as tightly as the skin on a drumhead. (Capitol)
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