Rock of Ages [Deluxe Edition]

Rock of Ages [Deluxe Edition]

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This 2001 reissue of the Band's classic live set -- recorded on New Year's Eve, 1971, at New York's Academy of Music -- is a boon to fans, as it includes a ten-song bonus disc featuring a guest appearance by Bob Dylan, who joined the Band for encores of "Down in the Flood," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," "Don't Ya Tell Henry," and "Like a

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This 2001 reissue of the Band's classic live set -- recorded on New Year's Eve, 1971, at New York's Academy of Music -- is a boon to fans, as it includes a ten-song bonus disc featuring a guest appearance by Bob Dylan, who joined the Band for encores of "Down in the Flood," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," "Don't Ya Tell Henry," and "Like a Rolling Stone." The other six tracks on the disc were recorded by the Band during their four-night stand at the Academy of Music but didn't make the final cut for the original Rock of Ages track list. Notable among these is the hit "Up on Cripple Creek," "I Shall Be Released," "Rockin' Chair," and "Time to Kill."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released on the heels of the stilted, static Cahoots, the double-album Rock of Ages occupies a curious yet important place in Band history. Recorded at a spectacular New Years Eve 1971 gig, the show and album were intended to be a farewell of sorts before the Band took an extended break in 1972, but it turned out to be a last hurrah in many different ways, closing the chapter on the first stage of their career, when they were among the biggest and most important rock & roll bands. That sense of importance had started to creep into their music, turning their studio albums after The Band into self-conscious affairs, and even the wildly acclaimed first two albums seemed to float out of time, existing in a sphere of their own and never having the kick of a rock & roll band. Rock of Ages has that kick in spades, and it captures that road warrior side of the band that was yet unheard on record. Since this band -- or more accurately its leader, Robbie Robertson -- was acutely aware of image and myth, this record didn't merely capture an everyday gig, it captured a spectacular, in retrospect almost a dry run for the legendary Last Waltz. New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint was hired to write horn charts and conduct them, helping to open up the familiar tunes, which in turn helped turn this music into a warm, loose, big-hearted party. And that's what's so splendid about Rock of Ages: sure, the tightness of the Band as a performing unit is on display, but there's also a wild, rowdy heart pumping away in the backbeat of this music, something that the otherwise superb studio albums do not have. Simply put, this is a joy to hear, which may have been especially true after the dour, messy Cahoots, but even stripped of that context Rock of Ages has a spirit quite unlike any other Band album. Indeed, it could be argued that it captured the spirit of the Band at the time in a way none of their other albums do.
All Music Guide
Recorded on New Year's Eve 1971/1972, this was the Band's last gig for a year and a half. Allen Toussaint was brought in again to write horn arrangements for many of their classics. The results were inspired. Highlights are many, but of particular note are a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Baby Don't Do It" and a live recording of a track that had earlier been relegated to B-side status only, "Get Up Jake." ~ Rob Bowman, All Music Guide

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353018122
catalogNumber:
30181
Rank:
12165

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Don't Do It
  3. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
  4. Caledonia Mission
  5. Get Up Jake
  6. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
  7. Stage Fright
  8. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  9. Across the Great Divide
  10. This Wheel's on Fire
  11. Rag Mama Rag
  12. The Weight
  13. The Shape I'm In
  14. Unfaithful Servant
  15. Life Is a Carnival
  16. The Genetic Method
  17. Chest Fever
  18. (I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes

Disc 2

  1. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
  2. I Shall Be Released
  3. Up on Cripple Creek
  4. The Rumor
  5. Rockin' Chair
  6. Don't Ya Tell Henry
  7. Down in the Flood
  8. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  9. Like a Rolling Stone

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Band   Primary Artist
Bob Dylan   Vocals,Track Performer
Robbie Robertson   Guitar,Vocals
Howard Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Rick Danko   Vocals
J.D. Parran   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Joe Farrell   English Horn,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Levon Helm   Drums,Vocals
Garth Hudson   Organ,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Manuel   Piano,Vocals
Earl McIntyre   Trombone
Snooky Young   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
J.D. Parron   Alto Saxophone,E-flat Clarinet

Technical Credits

Band   Audio Production
Bob Dylan   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Andrew Sandoval   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Horn Arrangements
Mark Harman   Engineer
Greil Marcus   Liner Notes
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
Dan Gellert   Remixing
Darren Wong   Reissue Director

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Rock of Ages [Deluxe Edition] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
THe original 2 LP set was my introduction to the Band. THis set was one of my first CD purchases when I began changing formats. The original set, contained on disc 1, is some of the best live 70s rock ever recorded. This is the group that, more than any other, is the ancestor of the roots rock genre. Disc 2 seems to lack the spark of the original recording. Dylan's four songs are erratic. The best one is Down in the Flood. Like a Rolling Stone sounds as if Bob is having trouble focusing. To sum this all up, 5 stars for the original, 3 stars for the bonus material, but don't let that stop you from buying a great album by a great, groundbreaking band.