The Band Releases Live Cover Of “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” From Woodstock 1969
The Band's live performance at Woodstock '69 - UMeMusicTeam / Youtube
The Band have just released their never-before-seen live cover of the Four Top’s “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” from their 1969 Woodstock set. Moreover, their 11-song stage performance will be bundled for the first time ever with their second album’s (The Band) 50th-anniversary reissue, which will be released this 15th of November.
The Band’s guitarist Robbie Robertson shared a nostalgic experience in an interview with Billboard. “When I listened to it, I had this flashback,” he said. “We played on the final night, and it had just gotten dark out and it was the perfect time to play, but we kinda thought, ‘I dunno if we fit in here.’ The audience was in ecstasy of their experience and the music and the mud and the partying and going crazy, and there’s people jumping up and down, screaming.”
He was frustrated with the response of the crowd when they went out to perform, saying, “And we go out and play this concert, and it was the equivalent of going out and playing hymns. It was so not what they were looking for. They stopped jumping up and down. Their arms weren’t in the air anymore. It was like they went into a spell, a whole different feeling. So we played and left and then they went back to the party.”
He also noted the cold treatment of their community towards them after performing, as The Band were based on the town of Woodstock at that time. “We were the only group actually from Woodstock, but made it the most famous small town in the world, and there were Volkswagen buses as far as the eye could see in every direction, coming toward Woodstock. The townspeople in Woodstock were not very happy that we participated,” he shared.