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Music from Big Pink [Bonus Tracks]

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Amazing Debut

    This is one of very few albums that can be called landmark. The Band's influence can be found in almost any group that plays in an ensemble style, and yet bands like Little Feat or the country era Grateful Dead could not duplicate their style. It is worth noting that on this record Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm were not the dominant forces they came to be. Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson seem to be more prominent than they were later.This collection features bonus tracks that help us understand the musical processes at work here. Some of them (Ferdinand the Impostor especially) have sub par sound and the country tracks like Long Black Veil and If I Lose were a direction they never fully explored.. I also think the Rock of Ages version of This Wheel's On Fire is superior. But those are quibbles. This is still a 5 star collection

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bringing the basement to the studio

    The album itself is very good and is enjoyable even without knowing the history behind it. This album has songs that were first worked on in the so-called Basement Tapes and recorded in the studio long before those tapes were released (although the boots were beginning to surface). This album had two songs co-written by Bob Dylan and so, in a time when Dylan was in exile, it was exciting to have those songs come out. People may have originally bought this album out of curiosity about what Dylan was up to but they ended up appreciating just how good Dylan's Band was, so much so that The Band ended up with its own following, and rightly so. A classic album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the warmest, most beautiful albums ever made

    Feeling a bit blue? Stick on Music from Big Pink. This album has got the remedy and then some. Now I've never heard the vinyl version, or the CD version that was initially released. I've only got the most recent version that has all the bonus tracks. I don't know if they've done any real tinkering with the sound here, but this version of Big Pink sounds really cosy, really warm and simultaneously sounds like music that should be played in the great outdoors, or in a house by a warm fire on a cold winter's night. Absolute top marks for opener 'Tears of Rage', which is one of the most chilled, slow and mellow songs that have ever opened an album. It's really lovely. In fact, all the way, The Band make playing music sound so easy: they just sound so relaxed, so in tune with each other, so effortlessly on top form. Take 'The Weight', which I've noticed being used in a few films now and then, which just strolls gorgeously, boasting a lovely harmony break at the end of each chorus. Or 'Chest Fever', which has a great organ intro before settling into a cool beat. Or 'In a Station', which just feels so good to listen to, thanks to the amazing vocals. Or 'Lonesome Suzie', a beautiful bittersweet thing of wonder. 'I Shall Be Released' is an incredible closer. Slow, catchy, brilliant, Music from Big Pink is essential listening.

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