Song Of The Day: The Band – “King Harvest Has Surely Come” (1969)

On this day in 1969 The Band released their self-titled second album, the one many believe to be their masterpiece, the one people call the Brown Album as a subtle reference to the Beatles’ influential self-titled album from 1968. Where The Band’s debut album Music From Big Pink seemed a little uncertain and uneven in parts, this album is a warm, confident and assured journey down through American history and through the roots of Rock. It gave us “Up On Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, and among the other standouts on the tracklist is this strange and wonderful classic about, of all things, unionizing farm workers in the 1920s. A little bit country, a little bit soul, a little bit blues, it’s a hard song to characterize, but such tight playing, an incredible bass line from Rick Danko, the usual brilliant vocals and such a beautiful, restrained guitar solo from Robbie Robertson. A signature sound from one of the greatest Rock bands of all time.


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