The Best of a Musical History

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094638871323
  • Catalog Number: 88713
  • Sales rank: 166,290

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The 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
Dan Hersch Mastering
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
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