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 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."
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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."
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. [In 2001, Rock of Ages was reissued as an expanded double-disc set that added ten bonus tracks, including an encore performed with Bob Dylan.]
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

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353018122
  • Catalog Number: 30181
  • Sales rank: 3,702

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Band Primary Artist
Bob Dylan Track Performer
Garth Hudson Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Earl McIntyre Trombone
Snooky Young Trumpet, Flugelhorn
J.D. Parron Alto Saxophone, E-flat Clarinet
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Cheryl Pawelski Producer
Phil Ramone Engineer
Andrew Sandoval Producer, Mastering
Allen Toussaint Horn Arrangements
Mark Harman Engineer
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Dan Gellert Remixing
Darren Wong Reissue Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    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.

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