Best of a Musical History

Best of a Musical History

by The Band
     
 

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A Musical History was one of the best box sets of the last ten years: a thorough and revelatory biography of the Band, telling their story from their beginnings as a backing band for Ronnie Hawkins to their disbandment after The Last Waltz. Released in the spring of 2007, about two years…  See more details below

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A Musical History was one of the best box sets of the last ten years: a thorough and revelatory biography of the Band, telling their story from their beginnings as a backing band for Ronnie Hawkins to their disbandment after The Last Waltz. Released in the spring of 2007, about two years after the appearance of the original box, the single-disc excerpt The Best of a Musical History isn't nearly as good as its mammoth five-disc parent, largely because it tries to serve to audiences equally: it tries to please casual fans who just want the hits, while trying to win over serious fans curious about the rarities on the box yet unwilling to acquire the whole set. As such, this 19-track set sprawls all over the place, containing a smattering of Band standards ("The Weight," "Life Is a Carnival," "King Harvest [Has Surely Come]," "Stage Fright," "I Shall Be Released"), fan favorites that aren't quite rare ("Orange Juice Blues," "Don't Do It"), genuine rarities ("He Don't Love You [And He'll Break Your Heart]," by Levon & the Hawks; Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl out Your Window?"), and five unreleased tracks, highlighted by a roaring live version of "Slippin' and Slidin'" and Rick Danko's "Home Cookin'." All of this music is good and the set does indicate the rich breadth of the Band's music. Many of the band's classics are here, but this doesn't contain enough great rarities from the box set to be a true "best-of the box." It merely is what it says it is: a sampler of the box, nothing more.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094638871323
catalogNumber:
88713

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Band   Primary Artist
Roy Buchanan   Bass
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Ronnie Hawkins   Vocals
Robbie Robertson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Rick Danko   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
John Simon   Electric Piano
Levon Helm   Guitar,Mandolin,Drums,Vocals
Garth Hudson   Organ,Accordion,Keyboards
Richard Manuel   Piano,Drums,Electric Piano,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Pianette
Van Morrison   Vocals
Allen Toussaint   Horn

Technical Credits

Band   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Bob Dylan   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Rick Danko   Composer
Bob Johnson   Producer,Audio Production
John Simon   Producer,Audio Production
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Henry Glover   Audio Production
Levon Helm   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Garth Hudson   Producer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Richard Manuel   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer,Tape Research,Annotation
Andrew Sandoval   Producer,Mastering,Tape Research
Allen Toussaint   Horn Arrangements
Eddie Bocage   Composer
Rob Bowman   Tape Research,Annotation
Richard Penniman   Composer
Alfred Braggs   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Henry Golver   Producer
Daniel Hersch   Mastering

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