Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 45/500!
Incalculably Influential: The Bands Self-Titled Sophomore Release a Country- and Folk-Rock Benchmark
Guitarist Robbie Robertson and Drummer Levon Helm Take Reigns on Americana-Flavored Set
Includes Staples The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Across the Great Divide, Up On Cripple Creek
Many believe its the most perfect Americana album ever made. The 1969 touchstone very well may be. Advancing the chemistry and cohesion of the groups ground-shifting debut, The Band is an inimitable distillation of compelling storytelling, cosmic divinity, loose country-rock tunefulness, and superbly crafted songwriting. Warm, literate, poignant, and intimate, the record established new standards for seemingly effortless telepathic interplay among first-class musicians whose creations are as much about feeling as they are about sound.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system, Mobile Fidelitys SACD burrows into the sonic heart of hearth-rich fare that balances Appalachias mountain flavors, the Old Wests rollicking free spiritedness, Canadas limitless vast folk sprawl, and the Deep Souths whiskey-soaked drawl. Arkansas native Richard Helm blends his rural roots with guitarist Robbie Robertsons allegorical narratives, the pair meeting at a crossroads that, on this pressing, reveals textures as organic as cotton and tonalities as timeless as the look of classic filmstrips. Notes hover and naturally decay; cascading harmonies waft and reverberate; soundstages open up and extend, providing generous spaces for each members invaluable contributions to relax, settle, and enter into a wholesome communion.
Indeed, a force normally associated with higher powers appears to guide each one of the 12 tracks, honed to perfection by co-writer Robertson and his simpatico mates. Sensitive, graceful, magnetic, entirely genuine: Whether focusing on Richard Manuels spiritual piano chords and evocative tenor, Rick Dankos simple albeit direct bass lines and melancholy deliveries, Robertsons pull-no-punches leads, Garth Hudsons majestically tuckpointed organ runs, or Helms percussive rhythms, a sense of astonishment and truth dignifies arrangements steeped in meditative properties and barn-dance rawness.
From the swampy bayou grooves, jaw-harp-mimicking clavinet passages, and traditional yodels found on Up on Cripple Creek to the jubilant dance persuasion of Rag Mama Rag, The Band blends mythological devices with authentic melodies, rustic acoustic properties with haunting harmonies. Universally identifiable, the characters in the songs are people well-versed in hardship, depression, working-class struggle, and Skid Row trouble. Musically, the group balances sweetness and edginess on all of its foundational material, capturing the essence of American music and culture like no band before or since.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
1. Across the Great Divide
2. Rag Mama Rag
3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
4. When You Awake
5. Up on Cripple Creek
6. Whispering Pines
7. Jemima Surrender
8. Rockin Chair
9. Look Out Cleveland
11. The Unfaithful Servant
12. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)