I bought this Michelle Shocked live release without noticing that
was on it. Michelle Shocked introduces the number by asking the audience to
sing along and explains that though the words are usually "Take a load off
Fanny", they're going to sing "Take A Load Off Annie" as Sister Annie is
part of the group.
The album is solid gospel, including raps with names of pastors and
addresses of churches, and largely consists of covers/ standards.
The version of The Weight stands among the best ever covers, taking it, as
The Staples did, in gospel style. It sits on the foundation of a rock solid
bass player and drummer, which relates it to the Band original. As well as
working with Levon Helm on Secret to A Long Life from
Shocked opened for the 90s Band in what is said to have been an acrimonious
tour. Whatever, she learned how to phrase and sing The Weight