“Let him take it from the top.”

The Band – “Stage Fright” from Stage Fright (1970)

The Band were pirates of all manners of American music. And they did it better than any other group of musicians that I can think of.

Each one of them was so accomplished.

I love Rick Danko’s vocal on this song. It’s strong but strained, which gives it that right amount of fragility.

Get caught in the spotlight

Posted by Jordy


Filed under 1970s, Rock, Roots rock

2 responses to ““Let him take it from the top.”

  1. glennlester

    I listened this song a couple times last night. This is the ‘Cosmic American Music’ Gram Parsons was talking about, I think. It’s soul, it’s country, it’s blues, it’s pop. Also, it totally prefigures Elvis Costello: sound, delivery, melody. Great song, Jord-man.

  2. Jordy

    I’m glad you like it, Glenn.

    The whole amalgamation thing is in full effect on these Basement Tapes sessions I’ve been listening to lately. It’s a bold disregard for strict form that led to a lot of creativity. U! S! A!…U! S! A!…

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