The Band's demise is well-documented in the Martin Scorsese film. The music on the 4 CD set is a marvelous soundtrack. The Band's Robbie Robertson was a master at infusing parochial music syles with the regional lingo. Every song perfomed creates a feel for the genre and tradition the Band is saluting. The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and Down South In New Orleans are all faithful and emblematic to the musical force they salute. The guest stars on the CD either join The Band on Robertson's compositions, or are supported by the group on cover tracks. For instance, what better homage to Muddy Waters than have the man belting blues with The Band aside and behind him all the way.
Where else can one experience the diversity of Joni Mitchell, Dr. John,Eric Clapton, and Neil Diamond on the same CD package. Not to mention, Bob Dylan. Of course, Ringo Starr and Ron Wood appear in the credits, but their contribution is so anonymous that one has to struggle to distinguish them.
Overall, the CD is a treasure for anyone wanting to not only experience the wonder of The Band, but anyone interested in American music and its outsized tributaries. There's southern rock, soul, blues, New Orleans swing, traces of jazz, folk, and driving rock all with this set; performed not only by The Band, but music's greatest exponents.