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Live at the Academy of Music 1971

Live at the Academy of Music 1971

by The BandThe Band


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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: 09/17/2013
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602537375356
catalogNumber: 001877102
Rank: 9278


Disc 1

  1. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
  2. The Shape I'm In
  3. Caledonia Mission
  4. Don't Do It
  5. Stage Fright
  6. I Shall Be Released
  7. Up On Cripple Creek
  8. This Wheel’S On Fire
  9. Strawberry Wine
  10. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
  11. Time To Kill
  12. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  13. Across the Great Divide

Disc 2

  1. Life is a Carnival
  2. Get Up Jake
  3. Rag Mama Rag
  4. Unfaithful Servant
  5. The Weight
  6. Rockin' Chair
  7. Smoke Signal
  8. The Rumor
  9. The Genetic Method
  10. Chest Fever
  11. (I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes
  12. Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever
  13. Down In the Flood
  14. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  15. Don't Ya Tell Henry
  16. Like a Rolling Stone

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Jim James   Liner Notes
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Matt D'amico   Producer
Michael Murphy   Producer,Tape Research
Benjamin Critton   Typeface

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