The Band

The Moon Struck One

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Not so much a Band collection as a slap-dash collection of Band tunes that were sung by pianist Richard Manuel. Long considered a highly underrated vocalist, Manuel's lifelong battles with depression, drugs, and alcohol severely limited his songwriting output and the quality of his performances as the 1970s dragged on. Moon Struck One fails to show any more evidence of Manuel's talent than has already been made evident (everything here has seen widespread release). Hardcore fans have all this material and much, much more. Neophytes would probably be better served by one of the numerous Band compilations out there to get a fuller picture of the group. And considering that surviving Band members say there is at least an entire album's worth of high-quality Manuel tunes in organist Garth Hudson's extensive vaults, everyone should pass. Manuel deserves a much deeper collection than this.

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