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Band [Bonus Tracks]
     

Band [Bonus Tracks]

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by The Band
 

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The Band's first album, Music from Big Pink, seemed to come out of nowhere, with its ramshackle musical blend and songs of rural tragedy. The Band, the group's second album, was a more deliberate and even more accomplished effort, partially because the players had become a more cohesive unit, and partially because guitarist Robbie Robertson had taken

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The Band's first album, Music from Big Pink, seemed to come out of nowhere, with its ramshackle musical blend and songs of rural tragedy. The Band, the group's second album, was a more deliberate and even more accomplished effort, partially because the players had become a more cohesive unit, and partially because guitarist Robbie Robertson had taken over the songwriting, writing or co-writing all 12 songs. Though a Canadian, Robertson focused on a series of American archetypes from the union worker in "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and the retired sailor in "Rockin' Chair" to, most famously, the Confederate Civil War observer Virgil Cane in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The album effectively mixed the kind of mournful songs that had dominated Music from Big Pink, here including "Whispering Pines" and "When You Awake" (both co-written by Richard Manuel), with rollicking uptempo numbers like "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up on Cripple Creek" (both sung by Levon Helm and released as singles, with "Up on Cripple Creek" making the Top 40). As had been true of the first album, it was the Band's sound that stood out the most, from Helm's (and occasionally Manuel's) propulsive drumming to Robertson's distinctive guitar fills and the endlessly inventive keyboard textures of Garth Hudson, all topped by the rough, expressive singing of Manuel, Helm, and Rick Danko that mixed leads with harmonies. The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal, while the lyrics continued to paint portraits of 19th century rural life (especially Southern life, as references to Tennessee and Virginia made clear), its sometimes less savory aspects treated with warmth and humor. [A 2000 reissue added seven bonus tracks.]

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - David Fricke
Finally reissued with a touch of class, Big Pink and The Band are two of rock’s perfect albums, immaculate reflections of their time and master fictions told with the spit and color of a fur trapper’s memoirs.
Entertainment Weekly - Tony Scherman
Big Pink ('68) and The Band ('69) are two of the best albums in rock history. These remasterings sound incredibly rich, and each has an alternate take.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724352538928
catalogNumber:
25389
Rank:
1994

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Band   Primary Artist
Robbie Robertson   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Rick Danko   Bass,Trombone,Violin,Vocals
John Simon   Tuba,Horn,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Peck Horn
Levon Helm   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Drums,Vocals
Garth Hudson   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Accordion,Keyboards,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Clavinet,Slide Trumpet
Richard Manuel   Harmonica,Piano,Drums,Harp,Keyboards,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Band   Producer
Robbie Robertson   Composer,Engineer
John Simon   Producer,Engineer
Peter Grant   Art Direction
Levon Helm   Composer
Richard Manuel   Composer
Tony May   Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer
Andrew Sandoval   Producer
Joe Zagarino   Engineer
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson   Engineer
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes

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Band 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This is The Bands second classic album and is a treasure despite a rather questionable "remastering" job on this CD. This CD doesn't even have the original version of "The night they drove old Dixie down", only a remixed version and an outtake. But even with those flaws, this CD is good if you cant find the original album CD elsewhere.