Live at the Academy of Music 1971

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Not so much an expansion of 1972's classic double-live album Rock of Ages, but an exhaustive tribute to its source material, the four-CD/one-DVD 2013 box set Live at the Academy of Music 1971 digs deep into the Band's year-end four-night stint at New York City's Academy of Music. The original 18-track sequence for the 1972 LP has been abandoned in favor of a double-concert construct, where the first two discs present one version of each of the 29 songs the Band played over the course of these four nights, while the final two discs present the entirety of the New Years Eve concert that capped off this residency; this CD is remixed from the soundboard tapes, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Not so much an expansion of 1972's classic double-live album Rock of Ages, but an exhaustive tribute to its source material, the four-CD/one-DVD 2013 box set Live at the Academy of Music 1971 digs deep into the Band's year-end four-night stint at New York City's Academy of Music. The original 18-track sequence for the 1972 LP has been abandoned in favor of a double-concert construct, where the first two discs present one version of each of the 29 songs the Band played over the course of these four nights, while the final two discs present the entirety of the New Years Eve concert that capped off this residency; this CD is remixed from the soundboard tapes, and the DVD replicates this New Years Eve concert note that there is no footage of the NYE concert, so the music is presented with a selection of stills; nevertheless, there are full clips of the Band performing "King Harvest Has Surely Come" and "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" on December 30, which are welcome. This structure is an appealing one but invites perhaps more duplications than are necessary. The 29 songs on the first two disc contain 11 songs from the New Years Eve show -- including the four-song encore with Bob Dylan -- but the trade-off is the NYE concert is loaded with unheard versions of familiar songs: 16 of the 27 songs are previously unreleased in contrast, the only unearthed song on the first two discs is a killer version of "Strawberry Wine". Perhaps some of these performances are ever so slightly rougher than the accompanying ones on the first two discs, but that liveliness is part of the appeal besides, this is hardly ragged; as enthusiastic as the Band is, they're also supplemented by Allen Toussaint's horn section, so they do need to hit their marks to ensure all the elements fit together. Rock of Ages and, in turn, Live at the Academy of Music 1971 do close out the early years of the Band. They'd tour again, supporting Bob Dylan in 1974, and they turned out a few more records before disbanding in 1976, but they never seemed as triumphant as they did at the end of 1971. Although this box is not perfect -- it's hard not to wish there were no duplications on the first two discs, or the last two -- it is nevertheless a mighty testament to the Band at the peak of their powers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2013
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 602537375356
  • Catalog Number: 001877102
  • Sales rank: 2,526

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Band Primary Artist
Robbie Robertson Guitar, Vocals
Howard Johnson Tuba, Euphonium, Baritone Saxophone
Rick Danko Bass, Violin, Vocals
Joe Farrell English Horn, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Levon Helm Mandolin, Drums, Vocals
Garth Hudson Organ, Piano, Accordion, Saxophone
Richard Manuel Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Earl McIntyre Trombone
Snooky Young Trumpet, Flugelhorn
J.D. Parron Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Chuck Willis Composer
Rick Danko Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Levon Helm Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Garth Hudson Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
Phil Ramone Engineer
Allen Toussaint Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements
Stevie Wonder Composer
Mark Harman Engineer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Jim James Liner Notes
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
Matt D'amico Producer
Michael Murphy Producer, Tape Research
Benjamin Critton Typeface
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