"Chest Fever" is a song recorded by the Band on its 1968 debut, Music from Big Pink. It is, according to Peter Viney, a historian of the group, “the Big Pink track that has appeared on most subsequent live albums and compilations,” second only to The Weight.The music for the piece was written by guitarist Robbie Robertson. Total authorship is typically credited solely to Robertson, although the lyrics, according to Levon Helm, were originally improvised by Levon Helm and Richard Manuel, telling the story of a man who becomes sick when he is spurned by the woman he loves.

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  • "Chest Fever" es una canción compuesta por el músico canadiense Robbie Robertson y publicada en el álbum debut del grupo de rock The Band, Music from Big Pink, en 1968. Según Peter Viney, historiador de The Band, "Chest Fever" es "el tema de Big Pink que más ha aparecido en posteriores álbumes en directo y en recopilatorios, sólo por detrás de "The Weight"". La música fue compuesta por el guitarrista y vocalista Robbie Robertson, y aunque la autoría de la canción está acreditada a Robertson, la letra, según el batería Levon Helm, fue improvisada por Richard Manuel y por él mismo, relatando la historia de un hombre que se vuelve enfermo cuando es despreciado por la mujer que ama. Por su parte, Robertson comentó que la letra carecía de sentido y que fue usada sólo cuando la parte instrumental ya estaba grabada, diciendo: "No estoy seguro de que sepa la letra de "Chest Fever", y tampoco estoy seguro de que haya letra para "Chest Fever". Según Viney: "Cuando Levon Helm se quejaba sobre la partición de las regalías en este periodo, solía citar esta canción. El tema es que la contribución de Garth Hudson fue gravemente subestimada y no fue acreditada. Tal y como él dijo: "¿Qué recuerdas de "Chest Fever", la letra o el órgano?"". The Band interpretó "Chest Fever" como tema de apertura en su participación en el Festival de Woodstock en 1969, tras el concierto de Ten Years After. (es)
  • "Chest Fever" is a song recorded by the Band on its 1968 debut, Music from Big Pink. It is, according to Peter Viney, a historian of the group, “the Big Pink track that has appeared on most subsequent live albums and compilations,” second only to The Weight.The music for the piece was written by guitarist Robbie Robertson. Total authorship is typically credited solely to Robertson, although the lyrics, according to Levon Helm, were originally improvised by Levon Helm and Richard Manuel, telling the story of a man who becomes sick when he is spurned by the woman he loves. Robertson has since said the lyrics were nonsensical, used only while the instrumental tracks were recorded. "I'm not sure that I know the words to 'Chest Fever'; I'm not even so sure there are words to 'Chest Fever'." He has also stated the entirety of the song does not make sense. At the Woodstock Festival in 1969, the Band performed on the final day, between Ten Years After and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. They opened the set with "Chest Fever". The song featured a dramatic solo organ intro played by Garth Hudson. Writing in the 3rd edition of The Rolling Stone Album Guide, Paul Evans stated that "The organ mastery of 'Chest Fever' unleashed the Band's secret weapon, Garth Hudson." The introduction is based on Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. In live performances, this solo evolved into an improvisation drawing from numerous musical styles and lasting several minutes. "When Levon Helm has complained about the share out of royalties at this period, this is the song he quotes," states Viney. "His theme is that Garth's contribution was always grossly under-estimated and under-credited. As he says, 'what do you remember about 'Chest Fever' - the lyrics or the organ part?'" (en)
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  • "Chest Fever" es una canción compuesta por el músico canadiense Robbie Robertson y publicada en el álbum debut del grupo de rock The Band, Music from Big Pink, en 1968. Según Peter Viney, historiador de The Band, "Chest Fever" es "el tema de Big Pink que más ha aparecido en posteriores álbumes en directo y en recopilatorios, sólo por detrás de "The Weight"". The Band interpretó "Chest Fever" como tema de apertura en su participación en el Festival de Woodstock en 1969, tras el concierto de Ten Years After. (es)
  • "Chest Fever" is a song recorded by the Band on its 1968 debut, Music from Big Pink. It is, according to Peter Viney, a historian of the group, “the Big Pink track that has appeared on most subsequent live albums and compilations,” second only to The Weight.The music for the piece was written by guitarist Robbie Robertson. Total authorship is typically credited solely to Robertson, although the lyrics, according to Levon Helm, were originally improvised by Levon Helm and Richard Manuel, telling the story of a man who becomes sick when he is spurned by the woman he loves. (en)
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