This superb live recording, taken from an FM radio broadcast of The Band playing at Mandel Hall during their first reunion tour following the group’s split in 1976, was nothing short of a roaring success. Despite the absence of Robbie Robertson, the “other four” were hungry to get back on the road and in July 1983 they did just that.
They played largely the old classics and a few covers, plus one song not previously performed by The Band—Rick Danko’s “Java Blues.” The energy and ambiance of the night were clearly electric, and the audience was in raptures. ©2015. Running time is 60 minutes.