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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.]
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2000
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352538928
  • Catalog Number: 25389
  • Sales rank: 3,231

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The Band Producer
Robbie Robertson Composer, Engineer
John Simon Producer, Engineer
Peter Grant Art Direction
Levon Helm Composer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Richard Manuel Composer
Tony May Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski Producer
Andrew Sandoval Producer, Mastering
Joe Zagarino Engineer
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson Engineer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Daniel Hersch Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the Great Ones

    I doubt that I can say much that is new about this classic but here are a few personal observations. The Band is more up tempo than Big Pink and you can observe Levon Helm taking more of a vocal role. The song credits reveal Robbie Robertson dominated the songwriting. Whispering Pines is a lost classic that is ignored because of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Cripple Creek, King Harvest, etc. Only two songs, Surrender Jemima and Jawbone,seem to be less than totally superb. One flaw is the bonus tracks. Except for the B side Get Up Jake, they are alternate takes that seem to reveal that, unlike Big Pink, the Band had little material in reserve when they recorded this album..

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Bands second classic album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    While I actually liked Robbie Robertson's debut release and didn't think Storyville was too awfully shabby, nothing in his entire solo career comes even remotely close to the beauty and majesty of this masterpiece. This was superb roots music even before we knew there was such a thing, and it took all five members Levon, Robbie, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth, to paint such vivid and exquisite audio pictures as are experienced with this work. The rich and ancient imagery of songs like Rockin' Chair, When You Awake, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and King Harvest &quot Has Surely Come&quot is intoxicating and full of rich American ethos, and the soulfulness of songs like The Unfaithful Servant and Whispering Pines captivates me every single time I hear them. The joyful and playful exuberance of Up on Cripple Creek makes me smile often, and if Rag Mama Rag doesn't beckon for you to get up off your duff and dance around a bit you must be asleep. I'm also glad for the extra cuts here, in particular I find Get Up Jake most appealing. Together this group in its heyday was a force to behold, and this release along with Music from Big Pink is truly as good as it gets. No one has ever succeeded so marvelously in going where this gosh-almighty group when, and rock music is so much more the better for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You must be out of it....

    this is one of the best American roots rock albums of all time Robbie Robertson's pinnacle as a songwriter.Gimme a break.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tobacco Spit

    If you are as immensely fond of Robbie Robertson's mature, intense, post-"The Band" solo projects as I am, how on earth can you look back at this "primitive," self-titled Band album with any other emotion than disgust? From first track to last, this is stumblebum "wino" music as slovenly and repellent as the visuals in a Sam-Peckinpah-directed Western. "The Band" is a master piece all right: a highfalutin spittoon. "Catch the spirit. Catch the spit."

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