The Band – Twilight In Concert (Mainstream MSBR-72)


Twilight In Concert (Mainstream MSBR-72)

Carter Baron Amphitheater, Washington, DC – July 17th, 1976

Don’t Do It, The Shape I’m In, It Makes No Difference, The Weight, King Harvest, Twilight, Ophelia, Tears Of Rage, Forbidden Fruit, This Wheel’s On Fire, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Genetic Method, Chest Fever, Up On Cripple Creek, W.S. Walcott Medicine Show

The Band’s concert in Washington DC on July 17th, 1976 was previously released as Live In Washington (sic) on Seagull (CD002) and Ophelia (King Biscuit Flower Hour) on Stentor (91.077).  Both of those releases got the date wrong, attributing it to December 12th, 1976 and were incomplete, missing three songs:  “Twilight”, “Forbidden Fruit” and “This Wheel’s On Fire”. 

In 2003 a pre-broadcast master surfaced that included the three songs in suburb quality and was quickly released as Carter Baron Amphitheater on the BND label claiming this show was from August 16th, 1976. 

Twilight In Concert, the latest soundboard in Mainstream’s soundboard recording series is identical to the BND release (minus ten seconds).  They do have the correct date of July 17th with the broadcast occurring on August 29th, 1976.  The tape is missing the KBFH introduction and conclusion but does have several breaks. 

“The King Biscuit Flower Hour presents The Band.  More after this” after “This Wheel’s On Fire” and a break between “Chest Fever” and “Up On Cripple Creek”.  The set list is almost identical to the following night in Lenox documented on Plays On on Screamer.  “W.S. Walcott Medicine Show” is played as the second encore instead of “Life Is A Carnival”. 

Other than that all the songs are present and accounted for.  This was several months before their final concert and listening to this it makes me wish Robertson didn’t break them up (it was not a unanimous decision).  Their music is deceptively simple yet very haunting and beautiful. 

They are the best of the “existential” bands and music like this isn’t produced today, or at least isn’t popular.  Overall this is another great release by the Mainstream people and given the sound quality and the performance this is a must have.

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