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The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman

The Band: Three of a Kind

Robbie Robertson: How to Become Clairvoyant

Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

Garth and Maud Hudson: Live at the Wolf

Pulse

Dirt Farmer

Elliot Landy's Woodstock Vision

The Band

The Brown Album

[cover art]

[LP cover - high resolution scan] [Limited edition Japanese CD] [2000 reissue cover] [2009 24K Gold CD] [Cover photos] [Billboard ad for 8-track/cassette] [Billboard ad for "Cripple Creek"] [New York Times review] [Sheet Music] [Charts and ratings]

Perhaps the best album by any Rock and Roll group ever. Timeless, soulful, seamless, a work that goes far beyond and yet is front-porch friendly.
--M.E. Cooper

Music from Big Pink had been a fine, even superior debut; The Band was their masterpiece. Robbie Robertson's songwriting had grown by leaps and bounds. As players, all five musicians had reached a completely new level of ensemble cohesion. The sum was very much greater than the parts, and the parts were as good as any that existed. The album's single, "Up on Cripple Creek," became the Band's first and only Top 30 release. It was one of several songs on the album that had an "old-timey" feel. Other highlights on this masterpiece include "Rag Mama Rag," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," and "King Harvest."
--Rob Bowman, All-Music Guide

In 1997 the TV channel VH-1 made a documentary program about the making of The Band, the program is available on video. Rhino released a box set in May 1998 containing this video and the CD The Band. A special vinyl LP reissue of The Band, produced using analog cutting from analog tapes, was released by EMI in 1997 as part of their Centenary series. A limited edition, remastered CD, with horrible lyrics transcriptions, came in Japan in 1998.

In August 2000 Capitol Records released a remastered The Band, produced (mostly) from the original master tapes, with 7 bonus tracks and a booklet with liner notes by Rob Bowman included (Band biographer Barney Hoskyns wrote the original liner notes for the 2000 reissue, but they were rejected by Capitol/ Robertson.)

A limited Edition "mini-sleeve" CD came on Caroline Records in the UK in 2008. Capitol released a 180 gram vinyl LP the same year. In 2009, Audio Fidelity put out a limited edition 24K Gold CD (supposedly "from the original master tapes") with "Get Up Jake" as the single bonus track.

The Band was released as a 10-track LP in Mexico (omitting "When You Awake" and "The Unfaithful Servant") titled Rock Efectivo, with psychedelic cover art and song titles in Spanish.

Tracks

(*: bonus track on 2000 CD re-issue)

1. Across the Great Divide MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
2. Rag Mama Rag MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
4. When You Awake MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
5. Up On Cripple Creek MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
6. Whispering Pines MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
7. Jemima Surrender MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
8. Rockin' Chair MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
9. Look Out, Cleveland MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
10. Jawbone MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
11. The Unfaithful Servant MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]
12. King Harvest [Has Surely Come] MPEG3-file (94K) [RealAudio]

13.* [RealAudio] Get Up Jake
Outtake - original stereo mix (mixed 7/9/69). The mono version was used as the B-Side to the single "Ain't Got No Home." This is the previously unreleased stereo version mixed by The Band.
14.* [RealAudio] Rag Mama Rag
Alternate version - recorded in the Spring of 1969 - this is a rough mix from the first set of California mixes.
15.* [RealAudio] The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Alternate mix - this mix features unused overdubs - mixed by The Band 6/3/69.
16.* Up On Cripple Creek
Alternate take (take 9) - earlier performance than the released version. Recorded in the Spring of 1969.
17.* Whispering Pines
Alternate take (take 14) - recorded 6/16/69 at A&R Studios in NYC.
18.* Jemima Surrender
Alternate take - earlier take than released version recorded in the Spring of 1969. This version features Helm on drums, as opposed to the released take, which featured Manuel on drums.
19.* King Harvest [Has Surely Come]
Recorded at a house in Woodstock. EMI says Robertson remembers this taking place after the record was complete. Film footage of The Band performing this version of the song was included in the recent VH1 Classic Albums feature on the making of The Band.

Credits

  • The Band , Producer
  • Robbie Robertson , Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals / Engineer
  • Rick Danko , Bass / Trombone / Violin / Vocals
  • John Simon , Tuba / Horn / Keyboards / Piano (Electric) / Producer / Engineer
  • Levon Helm , Bass / Guitar / Mandolin / Drums / Vocals
  • Garth Hudson , Organ / Piano / Trumpet / Accordion / Keyboards / Saxophone / Sax (Baritone) / Sax (Soprano) / Sax (Tenor) / Clavinet / Slide Trumpet
  • Richard Manuel , Harmonica / Piano / Drums / Keyboards / Sax (Baritone) / Vocals
  • Tony May , Mixing
  • Joe Zagarino , Mixing
  • Bob Cato , Design

Song-by-song Credits

  1. Across The Great Divide
    Richard Manuel: Lead Vocal & Piano & Bariton Sax
    Rick Danko: Bass & Trombone
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ & Tenor Sax
    Levon Helm: Drums
    John Simon: Tuba

  2. Rag Mama Rag
    Levon Helm: Lead Vocal & Mandolin
    Rick Danko: Back Vocal & Violin
    Richard Manuel: Drums
    Robbie Robertson: Acoustic Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Piano
    John Simon: Tuba

  3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
    Levon Helm: Lead Vocal & Drums
    Rick Danko: Back Vocal & Bass & Violin
    Richard Manuel: Back Vocal & Piano
    Robbie Robertson: Acoustic Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Melodica & Slide Trumpet

  4. When You Awake
    Rick Danko: Lead Vocal & Bass
    Levon Helm: Back Vocal & Drums
    Richard Manuel: Back Vocal (& Drums? Or is it Levon playing here?)
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ

  5. Up On Cripple Creek
    Levon Helm: Lead Vocal & Drums
    Rick Danko: Back Vocal & Bass
    Richard Manuel: Back Vocal & Piano
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Clavinette (through a Wah-Wah Effect) & Lowrey Organ

  6. Whispering Pines
    Richard Manuel: 1st Lead Vocal & Piano (Bad tuning)
    Levon Helm: 2nd Lead Vocal & Drums
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Robbie Robertson: Acoustic Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ
    John Simon: Electrick Piano

  7. Jemima Surrender
    Levon Helm: Lead Vocal & Rythm Electrick Guitar
    Rick Danko: Back Vocal & 6 String Bass
    Richard Manuel: Back Vocal & Drums
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Piano & Bariton Sax
    John Simon: Tuba

  8. Rockin' Chair
    Richard Manuel: 1st Lead Vocal
    Levon Helm: 2nd Lead Vocal & Mandolin
    Rick Danko: Bass & Back Vocal
    Robbie Robertson: Acoustick Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Accordion

  9. Look Out Cleveland
    Rick Danko: Lead Vocal & Bass
    Levon Helm: Back Vocal & Drums
    Richard Manuel: Piano & Back Vocal
    Robbie Robertson: Lead Electric Guitar & Additional Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ

  10. Jawbone
    Richard Manuel: Lead Vocal & Piano
    Levon Helm: Back Vocal & Drums
    Rick Danko: Bass & Back Vocal
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ

  11. The Unfaithful Servant
    Rick Danko: Lead Vocal & Bass & Trombone
    Levon Helm: Back Vocal & Drums
    Richard Manuel: Piano & Bariton Sax
    Robbie Robertson: Acoustic Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Soprano Sax
    John Simon: Tuba

  12. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
    Richard Manuel: 1st Lead Vocal
    Levon Helm: 2nd Lead Vocal & Drums
    Rick Danko: Bass
    Robbie Robertson: Electric Guitar
    Garth Hudson: Lowrey Organ & Foot Pedal Bass Organ
    John Simon: Electric Piano

The Band - The Band - (43:56) - 1969 - Capitol STAO-132 - Gatefold sleeve LP
RCA Record Club edition LP: Capitol STAO-500132 (1970)
Compact Disc: Capitol 46493-2 (1986)
Special vinyl LP re-release by EMI in 1997.
Limited Edition CD: Capitol Japan TOCP-50838 (1998)
Remastered CD with bonus tracks: Capitol/EMI 50838 (2000)
Limited Edition "mini-sleeve" CD: Caroline Records 22200, UK (2008)
180 gram vinyl LP: Capitol 430081 (2008)
Ltd. ed. 24 K Gold CD with 1 bonus track: Audio Fidelity AUDFI032 (2009)

AMG Rating: Best of Genre - Should be part of any collection - This is a "First Pick" album - the artist at their peak.


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