Northern Lights – Southern Cross is the sixth studio album by Canadian-American rock group The Band released in 1975. It was the first album to be recorded at their new California studio, Shangri-La, and the first album of all new material since 1971's Cahoots. All eight songs are credited as compositions of guitarist Robbie Robertson.
Northern Lights - Southern Cross was recorded using a 24-track console, which allowed Garth Hudson to include multiple layers of keyboards on several tracks.
Three songs from the album -- "It Makes No Difference," "Ophelia," and "Acadian Driftwood"—were performed at The Last Waltz, The Band's 1976 "final performance." "It Makes No Difference" and "Ophelia" were included in the film of the same name and on The Last Waltz (1978 album), the 1978 soundtrack album, and "Acadian Driftwood" was included in The Last Waltz (2002 album), a 2002 extended re-release of the soundtrack album. These songs in particular have enjoyed subsequent revivals and cover versions. "Acadian Driftwood" was featured in a 1984 CBC-TV special titled Murray McLauchlan's Floating Over Canada. The only Band member to appear in the sequence was Levon Helm. In this presentation of the song, Levon, his wife Sandy Helm, and Murray McLauchlan depict the expulsion of Acadian citizens by British forces. My Morning Jacket covered "It Makes No Difference" for the 2007 Band tribute album Endless Highway: The Music of The Band.