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pecanridge
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The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
It’s hard to beat Levon Helm’s Arkansas twang for their most famous songs. But Richard Manuel really is under appreciated on songs like Long Distance Operator and Lonesome Suzie. Love Danko on Makes No Difference.


FightinTigersDammit
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Danko was the first Band member to get a solo deal, so I'm going Danko.


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BLIZZAKE7
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Levon


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Flair Chops
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Levon


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ThePTExperience1969
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
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Levon Helm’s Arkansas twang


Insurmountable essentially, very distinctive component of The Band's overall sound and projection


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Backinthe615
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Levon’s voice was the Band’s bridge to America.

It’s hard to imagine they have the same success without him.



Damone
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Manuel
Helm
Danko


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pecanridge
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Weird because they’re 4/5 Canadian


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Ace Midnight
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Really - counting harmony and backing vocalists, The Band is probably underrated as a 2- and 3-part (even more) harmony group.

As much as I like Manuel, Levon and Danko are clearly the 2 best lead vocalists, and - to tell the truth, most of the songs that really endure for me are the ones Levon sang.

So, there's all of that.


Damone
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
There's no way you actually think Danko is a better singer than Richard Manuel, right? Have you ever listened to The Great Divide?


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Wtodd
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
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Levon

Was great


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Ace Midnight
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
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There's no way you actually think Danko is a better singer than Richard Manuel, right?


Music is subjective - it may be as much as I like the songs that Danko sings better - like I said, I do like Manuel, too.

quote:

Have you ever listened to The Great Divide?


Yes.


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Rockbrc
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Levon


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2geaux
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Levon


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Girth Donor
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
The most talented was Manuel, my favorite was Levon


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JuiceTerry
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As much as I like Manuel, Levon and Danko are clearly the 2 best lead vocalists
I rarely disagree with you on here, and I love Rick Danko, but Manuel was a better lead vocalist. Now it's hard to compare Richard and Levon. They're all fantastic, though.


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88Wildcat
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
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There's no way you actually think Danko is a better singer than Richard Manuel, right? Have you ever listened to The Great Divide?


Have you ever listened to Stage Fright or Long Black Veil?


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drockw1
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
Danko for It Makes No Difference & Unfaithful Servant

Then a Levon/Manuel push because I can’t choose btw Dixie/Cripple vs. Shape/Rockin Chair (though Levon split that one)


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flvelo12
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re: The Band’s vocalists- favorite?
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Love Danko on It Makes No Difference.


One of the best songs ever.


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