02 July 2011

THE MUSIC AND PRESTON BLACK The Band, Complete King Biscuit Flower Hour, Carter Baron Amphitheatre, Washington DC, July 17, 1976


    Jamie hemmed and hawed with his gear, speaking without looking at the old lady like he didn't want to call attention to her error, "I'm sorry. May, this is a friend of mine. I'm not sure you do know him." He unloaded jars of jam and a few books from his bag and laid them across the table.
    May said, "I feel like I should." She stood behind me with her hands on my shoulders, holding me into the chair.
    "Well then, this is Preston Black, he's from town."
    She pulled her hands from my shoulders and took a step back. She wiped her hands in her apron. "Well, I recon I don't know him then."
    I stood up to shake her hand, but she responded weakly, like I owed her money. "You know the song?" I asked.
    "I heard it but I don't know it." She drowned a battered teapot in the stream of spring water that dripped from the spigot. "But that song ain't of no account and you can honor my hospitality by not asking no more about it."

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Who doesn't love a good devil song?

I picked up my bag, I went looking for a place to hide;
When I saw Carmen and the Devil walking side by side.
I said, "Hey, Carmen, come on, let's go downtown."
She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around."

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The Band
Complete King Biscuit Flower Hour
Washington DC
July 17, 1976
Carter Baron Amphitheatre, Washington DC
Broadcast August 29, 1976
SBD Pre FM King Biscuit discs and reels
Length 71:13 mins

01 Don't Do It 5:10
02 The Shape I'm In 4:08
03 It Makes No Difference 7:23
04 The Weight 4:44
05 King Harvest 3:45
06 Twilight 3:29
07 Ophelia 3:36
08 Tears Of Rage 5:58
09 Forbidden Fruit 6:11
10 This Wheel's On Fire 3:51
11 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 4:04
12 The Genetic Method 3:57
13 Chest Fever 4:23
14 Up On Cripple Creek 5:59
15 W.S. Walcott Medicine Show 4:03

William Keats wrote:
The new Last Waltz booklet indicates the DC show date was actually 16 August 1976 (see page 1 of the booklet). The PreFM copy that I have has this setlist, which is not the entire show, but everything that King Biscuit broadcast (from PreFM sources including reels, which is how the Biscuit used to get sent out)
I write:
However this date is known to be incorrect, the recording was most likely made on 17 July 1976

Robbie Robertson Guitars, Vocals
Rick Danko Bass, Vocals, Violin
Richard Manuel Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Levon Helm Vocals, Guitars
Garth Hudson Keyboards, Sax

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