Rock Of Ages Live At The Academy Of Music, New York 1972 (Remastered 2014) The Band
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- 2Don't Do It05:00
- 3King Harvest (Has Surely Come)04:05
- 4Caledonia Mission03:38
- 5Get Up Jake03:33
- 6The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show03:54
- 7Stage Fright04:38
- 8The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down04:35
- 9Across The Great Divide03:59
- 10This Wheel's On Fire04:06
- 11Rag Mama Rag04:27
- 12The Weight05:33
- 13The Shape I'm In04:14
- 14The Unfaithful Servant04:46
- 15Life Is A Carnival04:09
- 16The Genetic Method07:54
- 17Chest Fever05:24
- 18(I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes04:28
Info for Rock Of Ages Live At The Academy Of Music, New York 1972 (Remastered 2014)
Long before they became The Band, these four Canadians and one southern rebel rocked the rooftops off Canada as The Hawks, Ronnie Hawkins's fierce back-up band. Their non-stop performing took them through nearly every bar in the region, and the group developed into a tightly wound rock unit. It is therefore interesting that, as The Band, the group was known more for its reluctance in the live arena than for its live prowess. This was in part due to leader Robbie Robertson's stage jitters, which seemed to worsen as The Band's status swelled. ROCK OF AGES provides a telling account of what glorious heights The Band was capable of when it tore loose onstage.
Here the five members function as one shifting, interlocking force, summoning Americana, phantom soul, and barroom rockers with ease and freedom. Garth Hudson conjures pure organ voodoo with an impromptu instrumental, 'The Genetic Method,' before the band launches into the otherworldly 'Chest Fever.' Elsewhere the live document percolates with similarly inspired fervor. New Orleanian Allen Touissant must receive his share of the credit, as his horn arrangements pump and drive The Band's earth-drenched rock up from the dirt and into the stratosphere.
'...They put across their best songs and a few covers with touches of ecstasy...' (Down Beat)
'...A radically restructred live album, their past glories terrifically enhanced by the presence of Allen Toussaint's crack horn section...Now with an additional 10 tracks, the entire concert is presented as it was...' (Mojo)
'...Among the extras for diehards to gorge on: a CD's worth of unreleased live outtakes from 1972's ROCK OF AGES, including 4 songs with Bob Dylan.' (Entertainment Weekly)
Rick Danko, vocal, bass, violin
Levon Helm, vocal, drums, mandolin
Garth Hudson, organ, piano, accordion, tenor and soprano saxophone solos
Richard Manuel, vocal, piano, organ, clavinet, drums
Robbie Robertson, guitar, backing vocal, introduction
Howard Johnson, tuba, euphonium, baritone saxophone
Snooky Young, trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Farrell, tenor and soprano saxophones, English horn
Earl McIntyre, trombone
J. D. Parran, alto saxophone and E-flat clarinet
Bob Dylan, vocal, guitar
Recorded from December 28–31, 1971 at Academy of Music, New York City
Engineered by Phil Ramone, Mark Harman
Produced by The Band
THE LAST WALTZ is the document of the Band's 1976 farewell performance, filmed as a documentary by Martin Scorsese, capturing the all-star concert for posterity. Sort of a rock version of "This Is Your Life," THE LAST WALTZ brought together performers from all phases of the group's career, giving them a chance to pay tribute and jam with the Band one last time. Many of the group's classics are reprised, but there are some notable standouts. Legendary Canadian rocker Ronnie Hawkins, who the Band backed in their early days as The Hawks, offers "Who Do You Love." After their tenure with Hawkins, the group went on to accompany Bob Dylan on some of his earliest electric sessions. Dylan returns the favor by performing a strong folk-blues medley beginning and ending with a fiery, rocking version of "Baby Let Me Follow You Down." Muddy Waters gives a lesson in the blues on "Mannish Boy," with the late great Paul Butterfield on harmonica. Eric Clapton offers his own polished version of the blues with a blistering "Further On Up The Road." Emmylou Harris, a highlight in any setting, duets on the gentle waltz "Evangeline." Dr. John's accurate and rousing "Such A Night" brings a bit of Mardi Gras to the proceedings. Joni Mitchell provides another pleasant change of pace, introducing her jazz-inflected sound with "Coyote," and joining in on soulful soaring harmonies with Neil Young on his classic "Helpless." Even Neil Diamond joins in on the fun, on a song he co-wrote with Robbie Robertson (who produced Diamond's BEAUTIFUL NOISE). Although not the last track on the disc, the Dylan-led all-star rendition of the Band/Dylan classic "I Shall Be Released" is the emotional climax of one of the most important performances in contemporary music.
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