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All of the artwork from the original gatefold LP sleeve is reproduced here, plus a few extras. The album itself is intact, and it sounds great.
The CD booklet contains a lengthy 12 pages! The essay contains quotes from Robbie Robertson and producer John Simon, and it provides exactly the kind of information that you'll want to know.
There are none of the weird digressions or philosophizing that often mar liner notes. There is even a funny and interesting recounting by Robertson of how the group photo on the album sleeve was made. They even got the bonus tracks right. Four of them can be found on the original Basement Tapes album from , but they never belonged there. Shame on you Robbie, but that's another story. Though an entire CD of high quality outtakes from the Band would be even better.
There are also a few outtakes here that were not widely available before. They're not great, but they're interesting. The only bonus track that is entirely unnecessary is a version of "Tears Of Rage" that is virtually identical to the album version. As for the album itself, I will say that when I first heard it many years ago, I liked it, but it was not the knockout punch that the second album had been for me.
This is partly due to the first song, "Tears Of Rage," being very slow and long and tortured. It is an unusual song co-written by Richard Manuel and Bob Dylan that takes some effort to appreciate, which makes it a strange choice as a leadoff track. As mentioned in the liner notes, it was placed at the beginning very much on purpose, as a bold musical statement.
Aside from the three songs with Dylan credits, which bookend the album, everything was written by the Band the lone exception being a fantastic cover of a folky song called "Long Black Veil" , and it really swings. It's great to have it all preserved on such an excellent CD reissue. I personally love The Band and their music. My one star is for Amazon. I paid full price for this record and chose this option because it came with the digital album to be downloaded to my phone , to be my own purchased music not just on Amazon's cloud.
I paid for this music. I was looking through my music to have a listen and the song The Weight is blacked out and says "no longer available in Amazon's catalog". I bought this album. I paid full price for it I didn't add it to my Amazon cloud I bought it and now it's unavailable in Amazon's catalog so I can't listen to it? I let this go in the past with songs I've fully purchased from Amazon but now I've had it. One person found this helpful.
This is a great album, which I already owned in CD format. Capitol outdid itself with this vinyl reissue. The vinyl is quiet and no defects are seen anywhere on my record. I don't hear any remastering and sound compression. All I hear is a record that sounds warm and reminds me of what a great loss it was when Levon Helm passed away. All of the fellows who comprised The Band were superb musicians. David Yaffe described the song as a song about redeemed prisoners. While the narrator reflects on "every man who put me here", and says that "any day now I shall be released".
Author Mike Marqusee observed that the cruelty of the justice system is a recurring theme in Dylan's work, but that Dylan broadens the idea of imprisonment to social issues with an urge for freedom. Prisons of the body and the mind seem to have preyed on Dylan's mind throughout his time spent with the boys on retainer. Among the songs recorded at early basement sessions were covers of " Folsom Prison Blues " and " The Banks of the Royal Canal " the latter is particularly affecting , both songs written—metaphorically—from inside prison walls.
The release that he is singing about—and that Richard Manuel echoes—is not from mere prison bars but rather from the cage of physical existence, the same cage that corrodes on " Visions of Johanna ".
Love it! It's nice to have this on CD so I can bring it in the car, besides I never play records anymore. The band has been one of the great rock bands for decades. I love the country sound that makes them so remarkable and easy to listen to. They make me want to sing along! One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought.
Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Brown Eyed Girl. Ain't No Sunshine. Money wasted. Very disappointed. This is the essential collection from some of the best musicians to explore American roots music since the folk revival of the s. The Band always managed to sound both ancient and fresh at the same time. They were tight enough to hold these tunes firmly together and yet loose enough to allow them to breathe like living organisms.
They could fill an arena with their glorious music and yet sound as though they were playing in your living room. They gave Bob Dylan's electric folk-rock its distinctive down-home sound in the mid s, and they wrote and recorded songs on their own that still compare favorably with the best of Dylan's work.
You'll find many of those songs on this fine compliation. Many more musicians could be added to this ever-growing cohort. The recordings on this disc still inspire me every time I hear them. For a group of musicians that started out as sidemen to become a musical institution in their own rite, The Band are difficult to pigeonhole.
In the days of free-form FM radio, slow-jam workouts like "Tears of Rage" would have filled the airwaves as a sort of musical education; these days it sounds almost archaically hippiesque. Given that maybe "Up On Cripple Creek" even plays on classic rock if any of The Band gets played at all , this best of serves as a profile to one of the world's most influential groups. The Band never really "rocked" in the sense that, say, a Deep Purple did, but they bent the musical talents that ventured around them to their peculiar gravity.
When folks like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and even Neil Diamond are following your lead, you know you're wielding a pretty powerful force.
The Band often pulled together strong elements of various styles gospel, Memphis Soul, folk, rock into the same song, like "I Shall Be Released" or the well known "The Weight" to synthesize these elements down to a sort of elemental beauty.
They embraced American mythology even though they were primarily Canadian, maybe even more so than some of their US Counterparts. And when you added Garth Hudson's organ, you had a sound that no-one else was creating at the time. As one would expect, this single set leans heavily on the seminal first two albums, and on guitarist Robbie Robertson's writing. Overall, a solid eighteen songs if all you want is a quick The Band fix.
A great collection of The Band's hits if you don't want to buy their first two albums. A better collection than the 'Essential' collection. One day I realized all of my The Band music was original vinyl. I drive a Honda Civic hatchback with , miles Tuesday 31 March Wednesday 1 April Thursday 2 April Friday 3 April Saturday 4 April Sunday 5 April Monday 6 April Tuesday 7 April Wednesday 8 April Thursday 9 April Friday 10 April Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April Monday 13 April Tuesday 14 April Wednesday 15 April Friday 17 April Saturday 18 April Sunday 19 April Monday 20 April Tuesday 21 April Wednesday 22 April Thursday 23 April Friday 24 April Saturday 25 April Sunday 26 April Monday 27 April Tuesday 28 April Wednesday 29 April Thursday 30 April Friday 1 May Saturday 2 May Sunday 3 May Monday 4 May Tuesday 5 May Wednesday 6 May Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May"I Shall Be Released" is a song, written by Bob Dylan. The Band recorded the first officially released version of the song for their debut album, Music from Big Pink, with Richard Manuel singing lead vocals, and Rick Danko and Levon Helm harmonizing on the chorus. The song was also performed near the end of The Band's farewell concert, The Last Waltz, .