THE BAND - WASHINGTON 1976 (Updated Sept 6 with Pre-FM version)

August 30, 2015 – 1:43 pm

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Washington 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Carter Baron Amphitheater, Washington, DC; July 17, 1976. Complete King Biscuit Flower Hour show/reel. Very good to excellent FM stereo. Received this in a trade.

“This was The Band near the end of their run. They were just weeks away from their final concert (which became the overstuffed movie The Last Waltz) and Robbie Robertson left the band shortly after. This recording shows them as seasoned vets, playing material they’d been comfortable with for years.” Note: per the Bill Graham Archive, the actual date of this performance is now assumed to be 17 July 1976, not 16 August 1976 as stated in Band books and on King Biscuit Flower Hour bootlegs.

Given that this edition of the Band was on its last legs, it’s a pleasant surprise that this recording finds them sounding tight and enthusiastic; Robbie Robertson’s guitar work in particular is sharp and incisive, Garth Hudson’s keyboard work is marvelously evocative, and Levon Helm’s drumming and vocals are first-rate (Rick Danko and Richard Manuel are in fine voice as well). Unlike The Last Waltz, this captures the Band without special guests or a horn section, and many of these songs actually sound tighter and more powerful without the gingerbread, especially “The Weight” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” while Hudson’s keyboard showcase “The Genetic Method” gives one of the group’s secret weapons a chance to run wild to impressive effect.

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Track 01. Don’t Do It 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 02. The Shape I’m In 4:09 (7.0MB)
Track 03. It Makes No Difference 7:23 (12.4MB)
Track 04. The Weight 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 05. King Harvest 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 06. Twilight 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 07. Ophelia 3:50 (6.5MB)
Track 08. Tears Of Rage 5:59 (10.1MB)
Track 09. Forbidden Fruit 6:15 (10.5MB)
Track 10. This Wheel’s On Fire 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 11. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 12. The Genetic Method 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 13. Chest Fever 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 14. Up On Cripple Creek 5:59 (10.0MB)
Track 15. The WS Walcott Medicine Show 4:06 (6.9MB) - Have replaced ‘faulty’ track
73 mins

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UPDATED SEPT 6, 2015 - Pre-FM version: While the above tracks came from a silver-disc trade, this version came with a known lineage. Thanks to bluesmax for sharing the show on the net.

PRE-FM > ? > EAC > WAV > mkw ac tool > shn > TLH flac

Track 01. Don’t Do It 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 02. The Shape I’m In 4:09 (7.0MB)
Track 03. It Makes No Difference 7:23 (12.4MB)
Track 04. The Weight 4:55 (8.4MB)
Track 05. King Harvest 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 06. Twilight 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 07. Ophelia 3:50 (6.4MB)
Track 08. Tears Of Rage 5:59 (10.0MB)
Track 09. Forbidden Fruit 6:11 (10.4MB)
Track 10. This Wheel’s On Fire 4:01 (6.8MB)
Track 11. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 12. The Genetic Method 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 13. Chest Fever 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 14. Up On Cripple Creek 5:56 (10.0MB)
Track 15. WS Walcott Medicine Show 4:05 (6.9MB)

Robbie Robertson - guitar
Rick Danko - bass
Garth Hudson - organ
Richard Manuel - piano
Levon Helm - drums

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  1. 26 Responses to “THE BAND - WASHINGTON 1976 (Updated Sept 6 with Pre-FM version)”

  2. Another of The Band’s performances and in quick succession … many thanks twice over that that treat. The sound is great and the performances are wonderful … great to hear Richard Manuel is such fine voice. Cheers.

    By Canute on Aug 30, 2015

  3. King Harvest has surely come, outstanding thanks big o The band

    By skinned knees on Aug 30, 2015

  4. I’m doing my happy dance! Thanks!!!

    By Tom L on Aug 30, 2015

  5. How appropriate to post a show by the Band on the 50th anniversary of the release of “Highway 61 Revisited”. ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ is playing in the background as I download this and I feel fine.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Aug 30, 2015

  6. Is track 15 a little choppy? Regardless, great post. Thanks.

    By Greg on Aug 31, 2015

  7. Saw Greg’s comment and checked it out. There is in fact a problem with track 15. It’s a lot choppy actually. WS Walcott is probably my least favorite, but still.

    By Tom L on Aug 31, 2015

  8. This has been released on CD June 2014 - Label: Keyhole ASIN: B00KGRU1VK. Not sure if it is an official release or kind of bootleg, but it is for sale on Amazon.
    N.B. correct spelling is Barron.

    By GoldTeeth2 on Aug 31, 2015

  9. Thanks for fixing track 15.

    By Tom L on Aug 31, 2015

  10. There is also distortion on Dixie during the choruses that is not present on the master.

    By Lenny Pincus on Sep 1, 2015

  11. Soundboard Dylan and The Band 10 cd set over at sugarmegs right now.

    By sluggo on Sep 3, 2015

  12. can track 14 be fixed, too?

    By Peter on Sep 5, 2015

  13. Hello Peter, for Track 14, Up On Cripple Creek, sadly, this is the only version we have. Readers who have a cleaner version are invited to share theirs.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 5, 2015

  14. yeh tracks 11 thru 14 are distorted…hey sluggo what 10cd ste r u referrin 2?

    By y lee on Sep 5, 2015

  15. Have added the Pre-FM version with known lineage.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 6, 2015

  16. The upgraded pre-FM version sounds fine all the way through. Thanks for posting it Big O!

    By Ernie Clark on Sep 6, 2015

  17. I downloaded 11-14 on Sept 5, they sound better now. Must have been a glitch on pre Sept 1 downloads.

    By Peter on Sep 7, 2015

  18. yo y lee:
    numbers 80 & 81 (as I write this, they may/will change)
    a million thanks to sluggo for that very very nice tip!

    By Rick on Sep 7, 2015

  19. I spent the past half-hour researching the Bootleg/Legitimate Release Issue (including Steve Hoffman’s Fine Site) and all indications point to this being a Bootleg.

    By Britinvdon on Sep 7, 2015

  20. Can anyone tell me how to break up the long Sugarmegs downloads (5 hours each in the dylan/band shows referenced above) into single song tracks?

    By Rick on Sep 7, 2015

  21. hi Rick- u need an audio editing software program that can “split” the long track into separate tracks. Goldwave is a program for Windows that can do this and has many other useful features too. Fission by Rogue Amoeba works well on Macs.

    u can set these to “auto split” or “smart split” and it will do it all at once, but in my experience its rarely accurate and i set each split point manually. u can place the split point wherever u choose on manual. each track must be labeled after theyre split and saved.

    i havent done any 5 hour concerts good luck with that.

    By barth on Sep 8, 2015

  22. thank you barth. i may give it a shot…..

    By Rick on Sep 8, 2015

  23. Rick- a thought i just had is that with a 5 hour concert u might be able to do an hour or so at a time. split out and save a few songs then go back later to finish up. its worth testing if u get the software. dylan & the band didnt do grateful dead-like extended jams so u should have a ton of songs to split out and that will take a lot of time.

    By barth on Sep 9, 2015

  24. Thanks to Rick And Sluggo for the very nice head’s up!

    By madbaddad on Sep 9, 2015

  25. hey rick thanx fer th linkage…thats a lotta bobantheboys….if yer bored, check this

    By y lee on Sep 9, 2015

  26. barth - thanks again. it’s really pretty to use, and yes, a 5-hour piece can be split up into smaller chunks (eg. 1-hour) and then into individual tracks, or it can be done just one song at a time. and yes, the songs have easy splitting points, though it seems like even the grateful dead-style jams could be done easily, though mostly through the ears than the eyes.

    y lee - thanks for the link. fun stuff. i can see the dylan influence.

    By Rick on Sep 11, 2015

  27. i cannot say the word eye anymore…yet eye heart

    By y lee on Sep 15, 2015

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