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Today in the Paste Vault, we’re taking you to New Jersey.
On July 20, 1976, The Band pulled into Asbury Park, N.J., for a show at the Casino Arena in support of their 1975 record Northern Lights-Southern Cross—their first studio album of original songs since 1971’s Cahoots.
The quintet were in top form on favorites like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Life Is a Carnival” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” despite the fact that they were just four months away from what would be their farewell show in San Francisco. Perhaps that’s why on this night, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Richard Manuel were especially radiant on their new material, especially the album’s infectious lead singe, “Ophelia.”
The Band would reunite in 1983, though without Robertson, and they never recaptured the magic of their peak run in the mid-’70s. Check out “Ophelia” below, and search The Band on Paste.com for more amazing, exclusive audio and video.