The Band: “The Weight”

I absolutely love this song. It’s one of my all-time favorites.



  • Chris Connaker

    That’s the best version of all time, with The Staple Singers. Amazing. This version was shot in the studio despite being featured in The Last Waltz, which was shot live Thanksgiving Day, 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

  • JimCracky

    The Band. Priceless.

  • Ted Landau

    I’m still partial to the Rock of Ages version. I guess I’m a sucker for the larger sound, with the horns as I recall.

    • ChuckO

      Sure, your not thinking of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”? The version of that from The Last Waltz had a great horns, especially the intro. I don’t even like thinking about horns on “The Weight”.

      • Ted Landau

        I’ll have to listen again…but the whole Rock of Ages Concert featured horns on most numbers, in my now fading memory of it. Regardless, I like that version the best.

        • ChuckO

          I just checked out that version, no horns on it. Great version though. That is a good live album. I always ignored it because the cover looked generic, like a cutout. I tended to listen to “After the Flood”.

      • Ted Landau

        P.S. And yes, I am sure it was The Weight. See: https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Ages-Band/dp/B002UV0QPQ/

  • ChuckO

    The Band is the greatest mostly Canadian rock and roll band.

  • davekaplan

    I love this song. The Last Waltz is right there with my very favorite concert movies

  • EMan

    I like the version Jimmy Fallon did at the end of his show, because Muppets.

  • Caleb Hightower

    One of the very best songs recorded. Mavis Staples sounds so great too.

    The Love for Levon concert performance is pretty good too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_s4-y7pgc4

  • stsk

    Mavis’ voice is like being smothered in honey.

    • Caleb Hightower

      Is that good or bad?

  • DocRoss

    The best rock song ever. Bar none. Every version is great.

  • rb763

    I love this song too, but funny enough I didn’t at the time. I was “lucky” enough to be a teen when this came out and maybe it was because it didn’t get enough airplay, I was more attracted to mainstream hits from the Doors, Cream, Dylan, etc. Also at the time, “The Weight” seemed a little rough around the edges…it doesn’t now. I did love Joan Baez’s “The Night they Drove Ol Dixie Down.”

  • John Kordyback

    If you need a break from Christmas movies during the holidays then here’s a documentary on the Band that it well worth an hour of your time.

    https://youtu.be/nV6952QFuh0