The Band’s first album is their classic. Released in July 1968 where the impact of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is being felt, but Music From Big Pink returned to the roots of rock. However, it didn’t reach the charts which make it such an underappreciated record at the time.
This album includes everything great about music; fun, sad, serious, silly, loud, soft, slow, and of course, beauty. The music is such timeless and fits just as much today as it did during its time. This is not just a band, but a compilation of great talents! It just proves that even it is simple and honest it can be great too. Each track is full of energy that keeps getting stronger and better each listen. What is left to say? Every classic rocker knows what the impact this record had.
The Band are one of those acts whose reputation isn’t about how they represent themselves, but how they deliver great music, and this debut of theirs is a testament of greatness. The Band’s rootsy music caused a wave of interest among their contemporaries when they released this album. Music From Big Pink is undoubtedly their despite the fact that it has been overshadowed by its follow-up in the eyes of the public and critics.
Overall, Music From Big Pink is an album that grows with each listen — this is one of the best debut albums of all time and is absolutely essential, and vital even!
Listen to the full album below: