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Carry that Weight


Here’s some Mavis Staples goodness brought to you by Elon Green over at the New Yorker.


1 RIYank   ~  Jun 18, 2014 10:54 am

Sorry to post OT (although I think this is 'culture'), but I bet this means the days of the 'Redskins' are numbered.

Interesting. Hmmmm. Isn't 'Yankee' disparaging?

2 Sliced Bread   ~  Jun 18, 2014 11:36 am

Great stuff. Couple of my closest friends are still thanking me for the Mavis mix I gave them last year of her two most recent albums with Jeff Tweedy.

Hadn't noticed until I just found this, how close the melody of Fogerty's "Wrote a Song For Everyone" is to "The Weight"


3 Greg G   ~  Jun 18, 2014 12:25 pm

I bought the Remastered DVD to Last Waltz in 2002 I think? (Wish I had waited for the Blue Ray, but who can see into the future). I practically wore it out by replaying this song from the movie.

Amazing version with such beautiful harmony, and I love the end the most. The whisper of "beautiful" sums it up perfectly.

Also the snaggle toothed piano player is straight out of Spinal Tap.

Thanks for sharing Al Bell!

4 rbj   ~  Jun 18, 2014 1:13 pm

Beautiful version of that song. Lost count of how many times I've watch "The Last Waltz."

5 Matt Blankman   ~  Jun 18, 2014 7:36 pm

Mavis' "Beautiful" is one of my favorite things ever.

Supposedly, the young Bob Dylan was so smitten with Mavis back in the early 60s he used to repeatedly ask Pops "Pops, can I marry Mavis?" and Pops would just tell him he'd better ask her.

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 18, 2014 7:39 pm

[5] Hah!

I'm not the biggest The Band fan but I love the film of course.

7 Matt Blankman   ~  Jun 18, 2014 9:40 pm

Worth noting that amazon has the blu ray of THE LAST WALTZ on sale for $4.99 today. I mean, it's like you're MAKING money at that price!

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