The Band Shares The Four Tops Cover From Woodstock Set

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On November 15, the 50th anniversary of The Band’s self-titled sophomore studio album will be celebrated with the release of The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition via Capitol/UMe. The set includes a newly remastered version of the LP along with a batch of previously unreleased alternate takes from the sessions that yielded The Band plus an official live recording of the group’s set at the original Woodstock festival. The Band’s performance of “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” from Woodstock has been issued as a preview of the box set.

Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder co-wrote “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” which was originally released by The Four Tops in 1966. The Band started covering the song in 1969 and performed it live through 1974 as per Setlist.FM.

Guitarist Robbie Robertson, who took part in production of the set, told Billboard the following of The Band’s performance at Woodstock:

We played on the final night and it had just gotten dark out and it was the perfect time to play, but we kinda thought, ‘I dunno if we fit in here.’ The audience was in ecstasy of their experience and the music and the mud and the partying and going crazy, and there’s people jumping up and down, screaming. And we go out and play this concert, and it was the equivalent of going out and playing hymns. It was so NOT what they were looking for. They stopped jumping up and down. Their arms weren’t in the air anymore. It was like they went into a spell, a whole different feeling. So we played and left and then they went back to the party.

Listen to The Band’s take on “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” from August 17, 1969 below: